Quickly Remove Scratches From CDs and DVDs

By Paul Michael on 3 August 2007 261 comments

I used to look in wonder and amazement at some of the CDs and DVDs in my best friend's collection. How could he let them get in such a state? "Dude, treat them with more respect" I'd say. Then I had children, and found my CDs and DVDs were perfect replacements for frisbee toys, coasters and anything else they could think of. (See also: Never Pay for a RedBox DVD Rental Again)

Recently, I found several of my favorite music CDs and movies were unplayable due to some innocent playtime fun. Kids will be kids, there's little you can do to avoid that (especially if your CDs and DVDs are at kid-height). But before I reluctantly bought replacements, I figured I had nothing to lose by going to the web and finding remedies. If they worked, great. If not, I had lost nothing anyway.

I had heard of toothpaste, which was the first remedy I tried. But I found other methods, too. Below are the results of my exploration, complete with my own experience with the remedy. Remember, I can't guarantee results. If your scratches are very deep you're probably out of luck. But if a few scratches are giving you some skipping or the CD/DVD is unreadable, this may save you a trip to your local Best Buy.

Note: NEVER clean any CD or DVD in a circular motion. Always clean in straight lines from the center of the disc outwards. Otherwise, you'll just make things even worse.

Toothpaste

I had heard about this one, but I never really knew what to do.

My results: 3/5

The toothpaste did indeed help with some scratches but only very small ones. The deeper scratches were unaffected. On another note, my CDs now smell minty!

Banana

Yes, banana. I had to watch it twice to make sure I wasn't missing something.

Results: 2/5

Not quite as good as the toothpaste, but it did help with a few tracks that had skipped. It's a lot more messy though, and a waste of a good banana.

Chewing Gum

This could have been a great way to find an extra use for a bit of gum. Here's the video.

Results: 0/5

This worked. NOT! I tried it on a DVD that was unreadable and it remained that way unitl I tried the next method.

Brasso (metal polish)

I have always called this Brasso regardless of brand name, but any liquid metal polish will work.

Results: 4/5

This worked great for me. On the two discs I tried it on, it returned them to their former glory. Very happy.

As I've said, don't try this on CDs that are 95% OK becuase I can't guarantee results. But if you have a highly-scratched, almost unplayable disc, you've got nothing to lose.

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kumo

What ever you're using to clean the surface of your disc, it has to be able to cover the scars on the disc and enable the lasers to reflect back without a problem. It would be better to get the disc scratch fixer product form the store. But if the scars are deep, then it won't help.

The correct way to clean the disc is by moving your cloth from inner circle straight to the outer area of the disc. If you go around the circle cleaning the disc then u might leave a circle scar and that is bad for the disc. That's because the data is read by circling the disc. A continues error reading will give you a mute or jump track. Instead If you have a straight line scratch from inner side to outer area of the disc, then it won't have a problem. That's because it's only a short error and the missing data can be corrected.

As for the CD/DVD for the kids, why not burn duplicate copy for them and keep the original disc. That way, when the disc is damage then you can always burn a new one for them.

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Ghlargh

When people mention chewing gum or toothpaste for polishing, they are refering to the "white teeth" products that contain mild abrasives, wich makes them nothing more than polishing compounds that you can eat :D

Regular toothpaste and chewing gum will just make a mess, it will not work any better for polishing than any other kitchen goop.

All other food products that have an effect for polishing contain added or natural abrasives.

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Guest

I thought "scary ending" meant that the CD ended up broken. Please be more explicit.

And what's with the circular motions? The text clearly says never use a circular motion--always wipe from the center to the edge--the three videos that I watched all showed a circular motion being used.

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I had bought my kids a new 360 Xbox for Christmas and one of the brand new cd's got all screwed up. The kids tipped the system on it's side so it wouldn't fall off the stand and low and behold turned it upside down. Well, I guess you know the rest opf the story. I had tried everything I could think of to try to get this 360* mark out. Nothing worked. I could tell by rubbing across the cd that it was not a groove. For that I was thankful. I tried the toothpaste and I was shocked. They were able to play the game. They got half way through and it stopped and said it couldn't read disc again!! I took it out and buffed and buffed and I think we may have it taken care of. Thank's a lot for the great tip. You saved me a lot of money I really don't have right now!The kids are back to playing the rock band game and I can't honestly say I have peace now but,they are staying out of my hair and keeping busy and I don't have to go out and spend more money on another game.Thanks Again!!
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Nathan

Nice post, I will definetely be trying this out on some of my video games and cds!

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Some toothpastes use silica, and some use calcium carbonate as a polisher. The latter will be gentler and might not even leave any fine scratches. But it will also not do much for deeper scratches, at least not without a lot of elbow grease.

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sydefxs

i wasn't ready for the ending of that video im gonna try that toothpaste trick but that video was f'd up there are better intructed video without bull crap like that i think you should remove it cuz if you ever seen that movie where thoose guys found a faster way to use the internet and it sent a vid to ppl and started to kill them or whatever well all im saying is that it could happend you never know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I tried the toothpaste for my video game and it didn't work. it just made it worse. at first it would play and once it was finsih loading it would stop bu now the game system can't even read it.

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guest

toothpaste didnt work for me.... but actually im pretty sure i used the wrong kind so well who knows. but i have to get my hands on some brasso because ive heard that REALLY works.

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ya toothpaste don't work and it make it worse!!! I should have just left it alone. its still plays fine like it did but now it just has TONS of tiny lines all over it

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how do u get the deep scratches out cause iv got one cd i really want don but cant get the deep scratches out

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Ghlargh

I grabbed two tubes of polishing paste for a DVD i wasted.

One tube of "Autosol", wich is a paste for removing scratches on cars, and one tube of special plastic polish for small scratches.

I then used the Autosol until the deep scratches were gone, then i used the plastic polish (this is where the toothpaste with polishing agent may be used) until the disc was as good as i would ever get it.

The only thing you have to make sure of is that the paste you use does not damage the plastic or the paint on the reverse of the disc, it may allso be a good idea not to let the back of the disc rub against anything if it's a CD since that will let the polishing agent eat away at the extremely thin layer that protects the data.

Oh, and NEVER use any kind of electrical polisher not made for CD/DVD, anything else is most likely too fast and will melt the plastic with the friction heat, making the problem worse.

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Halo masta

So far i have had 2 of these large ring-like scratches get on my games because of some careless x-box treatment, i used my glasses polish and that made a game playable but very laggy and did not remove scratches. Im trying to make Halo 3 work on my 360 but i dont know how to remove the giant ring, plz respond cause i am sad >.<, :(

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Well, I suggest you TRY the toothpaste or the Brasso cleaning ways. A CD Buffer would work, but it costs money. Also, do NOT change the position of your Xbox 360, when a CD is inside. For example, if it is laying out on the floor, take the game out before you make it stand up.

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Pledge works perfectly everytime, I just used it on a cd that wouldnt go past song 2 and it looked like someone rubbed it on the asphalt. Works all the way through now...

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Disc Scratcher

Okay, so I've tried almost every single one of these.

Main point - Toothpaste does not work. Not at all. We tried that, and no luck. We're trying the Pledge idea, and hopefully with a time or two, we can fix it.

Until we figure out another idea (possibly lotion?), our poor, scratches Wii Games disk is hopelessly ruined. All a big thanks to my annoying younger brother, who dropped it, carelessly.

As for the others;

Banana, we haven't tried yet. Although I'm sure it wouldn't work too well, judging on the response to the video.

Chewing Gum, I highly doubt works either. It would seem that instead of fixing the scratch, it would only make it worse.

We're on to thinking of other methods, but as for the ones in here -- sorry to say, I don't think they would work terribly well with the deeper gashes.

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loserface.

My friend and I wanted to do a little experiment on some CD scratches, so we grabbed a knife and carved some small and medium scratches into a blank disc.

First we tried fluoride toothpaste, which did practically nothing to the scratches.

We then tried some glass cleaner, which had basically the same effect, but managed to remove some unseen dust and dirt.

Then we tried some furniture polish, which removed some of the smaller scratches on the disc.

Then, we combined the toothpaste, glass cleaner and furniture cleaner and tried it on the CD. It removed most of the smaller scratches, and sealed in the bottom of some of the larger scratches.

Cooking oil didn’t do much, but helped when combined with the first solution of toothpaste, glass cleaner and furniture cleaner, removing and sealing some more scratches.

Peanut oil did the same, and we added it to the combination too.

Now the combined ingredients were working to seal in the scratches, and by the time we tried out the olive oil, the scratches couldn’t be felt by running your finger over the top of them.

Once again we added the olive oil to the mixture and tested it. It worked unexpectedly well.

Then we tried out the teatree oil. It worked very well, and all but two scratches could be felt on the disc at this stage. We added it to the mixture and by now the mixture wasn’t really going to do much and the disc was the best we could get it.

We used a lint-free cloth which we cleaned in between different ingredients. We used a tea towel to dry. We used both circular and straight cleaning motions and both worked reasonably well.

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loserface.

My friend and I wanted to do a little experiment on some CD scratches, so we grabbed a knife and carved some small and medium scratches into a blank disc.

First we tried fluoride toothpaste, which did practically nothing to the scratches.

We then tried some glass cleaner, which had basically the same effect, but managed to remove some unseen dust and dirt.

Then we tried some furniture polish, which removed some of the smaller scratches on the disc.

Then, we combined the toothpaste, glass cleaner and furniture cleaner and tried it on the CD. It removed most of the smaller scratches, and sealed in the bottom of some of the larger scratches.

Cooking oil didn’t do much, but helped when combined with the first solution of toothpaste, glass cleaner and furniture cleaner, removing and sealing some more scratches.

Peanut oil did the same, and we added it to the combination too.

Now the combined ingredients were working to seal in the scratches, and by the time we tried out the olive oil, the scratches couldn’t be felt by running your finger over the top of them.

Once again we added the olive oil to the mixture and tested it. It worked unexpectedly well.

Then we tried out the teatree oil. It worked very well, and all but two scratches could be felt on the disc at this stage. We added it to the mixture and by now the mixture wasn’t really going to do much and the disc was the best we could get it.

We used a lint-free cloth which we cleaned in between different ingredients. We used a tea towel to dry. We used both circular and straight cleaning motions and both worked reasonably well.

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Seeing the "Warning: The next video contains a scary ending at the 1:09 mark", I thought - "he does something like drop and break the CD" so I watched to see what happened - fast forwarding to that time.

I'd prefer the warning to read: "Warning: The next video ends at the 1:09 mark with a series of intentionally disturbing images that are unrelated to repairing CDs."

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jeans

This is my list of what I think will work best, in order of best to worst
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1. Good commercial disk repairer: read reviews on amazon.com - not cheap, but may be worth it if you have 50 - 100+ cd's to fix.

2. plastic polish: probably your best bet of all cheap solutions. Includes brands such as Novus, Displex (which can come in varying grit for different sratch depth), followed by automotive products such as Meguiars and TurtleWax.

3. car finish polish: similar to plastic polish

4. very high grit sandpaper: be careful to use the right grit. probably in varying grits

5. toothpaste: mixed results. would not recommend

6. metal polish, brasso: probably does not do as well as plastic polish for a few reasons. some report swirl marks

7. oil, furniture polish, peanut butter, gum:
very mixed results. not worth the effort with better options.

8. car wax: temporary fix as it mostly fills in cracks.

9. heating over flame, then boiling:
risky. last resort

10. bananas: only if your name is king kong

others that I did not have enough information: applesauce,

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Two of my DVD's were scratched by my portable DVD player recently. I nearly cried. I couldn't belive my favorite DVD is gone forever. I am going to go try the Brasso as soon as I get home. Thanks so much for the tips!

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Salem

I have the Dance Dance Revolution Extreme 2 game, and I'm pretty good at it... Or at least I was. I'm pretty careless when it comes to CD's... I won't lie. But I promised myself that I would keep this game in mint condition (considering it has been my favourite video game for a long while.) I left it out one time, and it got oddly replaced. I came across it a few days ago, and it was COVERED in little scratches. I put it in my PS2, and the game played, but some songs wouldn't load, or right in the middle of a song, the music would completely stop, or start over, which made it hard to focous. I googled for remedies to remove scratches, and.... here are my dissapointing results;;

Toothpaste; This didn't work at all. And I tried it at least four or five times...

Boiling; Didn't work. I did it three times.

Peanut Oil; All this did was make my disc cloudy... I only did this once. I didn't want to risk it.

Hair Gel; Same as above.

I didn't have a banana at hand... and personally... I don't know where to get half of these polishes and removers at.
Maybe I did this all wrong? I'm unsure. All I know is that I miss my game. ;_;

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Smitty

you can usually find some good polishes and such at places like Wal-Mart. i believe they have TurtleWax there, and i heard it works really well. im going to try it now.

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Most of these things don't really work on discs that have any real damage. They work on very light scratches in some cases though.
There are actually companies who repair discs for a reasonable charge. I use these guys to repair my dvd's and games;
skippydisc.com
They have been able to fix almost everything I've ever sent them

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Thanks for sharing, and one can also see the The step-by-step Guide on How to remove scratches from DVD by reading the article: http://www.ehow.com/how_4404554_all-scratches-completely-dvd-movies.html

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matt

how do you make your xbox games look new again email me......deshanaya3363@hotmail.com ........... when posted 4. 24. 08.

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Finance

Does this really work? Has anyone tried it. I dont want to waste my precious time and
money and find out it does not

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carl

I have made my own compuond to remove most scratches if you want to know just email me

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I tried to reinstall windows, but my CD was hopelessly scratched. Brasso saved the say. It really does work. Use an old rag or a sock and buff it from the inside to the outside edge. Don't use circular motions. For a really bad CD slather it on and buff it for a while. Wash the CD with tap water afterward.

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You can not repair a scratched disc by hand. You can get it repaired for less than $1 USD. I found company that uses an abrasive liquid to resurface the disc. Note: the machine must use
a coolant to keep from over heating the disc and warping the data layer. http://www.wefixdvds.com

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Me

Nice commercial - did you pay for the ad space taken up by your comment, or do you just troll how-to discussions for free ad space?

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I can fix you disc's for 5 dollars and that includes all the shipping. so try discrepairservices.com

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I have a ps2 game that I have but is really scratched up with deep and small scratches how can I fix it.

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robert

i want to watch the end of that vid SOOOO badly, but i cant even bring myself to pause it and skip to the end to just catch a glimpse! what are they?

and yah, i want to play gears of war so badly, but my xbox gave it the perfect circle scratch...

tried 5 different kinds of toothpaste, all with atleast 2 or 3 different methods, brasso, banana, commercial scratch remover, NOTHING works...

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nick

I have a new game call of duty 5 and it gave deep circular scratches is there any way that I can fix those without completely ruining the game please help

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Libby

My Mario Kart Wii game had these scratches on it, and wouldn't read...after reading the other posts, I tried Pledge, only I buffed it off after a few seconds. I did this twice, one after the other, and while the scratched didn't dissappear, the game worked!

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I have a perfect deep circle scratch on my resident evil 5 (xb 360) i tried pledge and it still doesnt work. Is there a special way to apply it or something?

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Bobby Valentino

I also have a circle scratch on my 360 Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures, Prototype, and Gears of War 2.
HELP ME OUT HERE!!!

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Currently my halo 3 has a perfect ring of scratch ( deep )

So I tried pledge and used a sponge ( soft side ) and wipe it vertically only to have find that it was useless.

So is there any other way of fixing this deep xbox 360 game scratches?

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MIKEL

I TRYED IT ON A OLD CD JUTS TO COME UP WITH IN VENTIONS AND ALL OF A SUDDEN ALL OF THE SCRATCHES CAME OF LIKE IF IT DISSAPEARED AND THIS IS NOT A JOKE IF YOU TRY IT ON A OLD CD IT WILL WORK GARANTEEDED!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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i tried toothpaste both the gel and the baking soda one it worked a bit then it just freezes a few hours later lulz i tried brasso but i cant find a cloth so i used paper towel btw scary ending

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I have tons of Cd's that need some help.....guess I will get to work, thanks for the solution!

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ass

try washing detergant it works alot toothpaste kinda got my brian lara cricket 2005 working i tried soap on my uber scratched ssx 1 on my ps2 that got working for half an hour then it freezes never cirucular motion i screwed my ps2 demo that has ZOE2 chaos leigon freedom fighters (the best shooter ever) Soul calibur 2 (like DOA but with weapons) colin mcRae 4 f1 2003 rugby 2004 perfect ace amplitude (same creators of guitar hero 1) Sphinx Warhammer 4k time crisis 3 trailer metal gear solid 4 trailer the making of amlitude and i forgot i also scratched my forza 2 by tipping the 360 over and my DOA 4 was pre owned so i had to clean it

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that metal polish was fantastic! I had the deepest scratches you could imagine, and now it works. Thank you so much! :)

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what can i use on my tv screen to take a scratch out we were moving it tip over on a rock scratch a line in it this tv is very heavy can someone help me please and tell what i can use?

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I tried everything u said and nothing works. I need to get scratches off my ps2 cd. I applies brasso and it seemed like the scratches had gone but when I examined it under white light, I could see the same scratches. The same results with all your ideas. I tried the toothpaste 3 times but still nothing and I am totally sure that I am using the method exactly as shown in the videos. Please help me. My email ID is dakshay95@gmail.com or akshay_assassin@yahoo.com. Thanks a lot and please reply

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it is totally the same for me and my ps2 game. its really annoying.

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Just to let u know

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Jean

I used no name brand furniture polish AND stainless steel polish and the video game worked again! I think it was the furniture polish that did the trick but not sure. I didn't leave it on for a few days and come back to buff it, I tried it right away and buffed immediately. My 7 yr. old is so happy that his game fully loaded that he leaped for joy & kissed me and told me over and over again, "I love you mom, I love you mom, I love you!!!" Thanks for this site that gave me the ideas~

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I just bought a used 360 game from gamefly, and it had one big scratch, and several smaller ones. I bought it cheap and didn't want to spend any additional money on repairing it. So I tried toothpaste. I just had this crest night stuff which concerned me cause it has these larger mint granules. So I was careful to apply very little pressure while coating the disc with paste. I actually rinsed it off with hot water instead of using a towel. When I was done, there were actually more very tiny scratches, but the big scratch was much fainter. I popped it in the 360 and loaded the game to the level where it was locking up, and it made it thru the cutscene and loaded the level with no problems! Woohoo! Thank you for the tips!

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Dude, I used this on a copy of Resident Evil 5 that wasn't even mine, and it totally works! Thanks! (and I used actual Brasso).

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it didn't work for my PS2 game. i tried all of them twice but it just keeps skipping and freezing on me. any recommendations?

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my cd smells great

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My_MGS3_Is_Scratched_:-(

I heard (A LOT) that Brasso (or any METAL Polish) will work. I don't have Brasso (I can't get it because my dad won't drive me to Wal-mart xD) but I used toothpaste (Baking Soda kind like Colgate or just white toothpaste) and it worked!!!

So I recommend Colgate (baking soda kind) or Brasso. :D

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I wouldn't waste my time with these tricks. Try signing up with http://www.cdrefinishers.com. Every time I have a scratched disc, I send it to them. They send me back my disc resurfaced like it was brand new. It works much better and much longer than all the other stuff. It's about a dollar a disc with free shipping.

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not of this worked for me

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we r so excited we had to post how we did it, we read trough all of these comments, and saw the videos, and here we go.

tried toothpaste.... that DID NOT work, it made it worse.

then...

we took an old school cd cleaner, hand crank people, not a skip dr or anything like that (those suck) and applied clear coat car polish (we used something u wont b able to buy, but its called zymol cleaner wax, original formula) to the cd thin coat, cranked it around for about 10 mins but not to fast so it doesnt harden on the cd to where the wax does not becomes hard as if it were out in the sun on a car.... then remove wax with rubbing alcohol and clean the pad on the cd cleaner thouroughly with alcohol as well.... then apply alcohol every 5 mins or sooner while cranking the knob.... do that for about 15 mins... if it does not work then repeat steps. we fixed a four layer DVD, command and counquer first decade, it would not install at all. now it works like a charm. YAY!

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Brasso worked brilliantly. My Wii Fit cd was not being read. I tried brasso, and all is well now. Thanks a ton for the above video.

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Used Pledge Works Great!

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I had this game for like 3 or 4 years, and i hadnt played it in like 2 years, due to the fact i didn't have a ps2. but last christmas i got a ps2! and i was busy playing my other games, to remember that i had left Sly 3 at my friends house... so my friend gives it back to me and, i didn't play it when he did...

about 3 days ago(Today being May 23 09) i was watching a Sly 3 video on youtube, and i felt like catching up with an old friend...
the game Works perfect, but it freezes sometimes, and when it does, i just take the disc out, with out restarting the whole ps2, and wipe it, then stick it back in and it resumes... but for some reason, while it'sloading on this pacific part, it freezes! and i can't fix it!

i tried toothpaste, alcohol, soap and water!

still doesn't work!

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Zachary

The brasso is probably the most good one, since DVDs are kind of made of medal anyway
I'll give this one a try, thanks a lot!!!

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Steve

All these methods are worth a try when you have a scuff or a little tiny scratch. But when your kid drags your cd or dvd along the floor or starts scraping it with his pencil and he makes a large scratch, the only way to repair it is professionally. I've tried www.theperfectdisc.com before and I had great results. They fixed my cd and made it look like brand new. It almost costs the same as toothpaste anyway, and they will send you a mailer and pay for all shipping involved. It's really worth it.

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DO NOT do the tooth paste, it became a minimum of 3 times worse. i cant believe i tried this crap. unbelievable

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pledge works the best so far. especially if you et it sit for 3 minutes to get a slightly waxy feel, and then buf it out with a clean rag.

-toothpaste just barely did anything
-do not use copper cleaner (it makes the scratches more apparent)

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I couldnt find anything around my house aside from the toothpaste that u guys have reccomended. So being the freak i am, Astroglide popped into my head. Has anyone tried this by chance ?

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whoever made that video thx. this method reallly works it works on Xbox games and stuff lik dat thx kid.

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have you ever tried alchohol? I've never tried it and just wanted to know if it works.

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urine works good for scratched cd's and dvd's

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this better work

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Yeah? Sowhat was the scary ending?

Describe,please..Very curious now..

Let me guess:some anti-abortion zealot put on pictures of aborted fetuses or something?

People are not very nice sometimes.

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Guest

Yeah? Sowhat was the scary ending?

Describe,please..Very curious now..

Let me guess:some anti-abortion zealot put on pictures of aborted fetuses or something?

People are not very nice sometimes.

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Stephanie

Has anyone tried any of these methods? Do they really work?

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Glenn

do you think draino would work for cleaning off a video game?

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Georgia

DO NOT USE TOOTHPASTE OF ANYKIND UNLESS YOU WANT TOTAL LOSS OF A CD/DVD!

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only the gum video is still there...

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paul t

pledge did the job for me on my xbox 360 gears of war disc, i have too keep applying but if it saves me 15 quid i am happy .

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jacob

where can i get this so called brasso/ metal polish at...
and do u think it will work on games for xbox 360???
my cousins came over for a party and i let them us my xbox cause they asked to and keept on asking so i said yeah...
they tipped it over 1 to many times and when they left i wanted to play and it had a circular scratch on it and i want to see if i can fix it before i buy a new one...!!!

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What are the steps for using it?

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Patrick S

I have the same problems with CDS always getting scratched or damaged. I usually use car wax. I haven't really tried anything else other than toothpaste, but that's a waste of time. My friends always tell me shaving cream. I don't know if it works or are they just trying to get me to scratch the CDS more as a joke? Anyone know if it could work?

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would the cream brasso work as well or did you use the liquid

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Hysteria Gillcrist

Ok, so my friend gave me this game disk for my original xbox (don't ask, short on cash to aquire a 360 >.>....shut up.) Anyways, it's Hitman: Blood Money and I REALLY want to play it, so I placed it in my xbox and i got the famous message: Unreadable. Please remove disk from console and continue. -.- ....my face, was priceless of course. I almost slammed my xbox into the wall of my room, with amazing anger, BUT, I removed the game and observed it: it had scratches, some deep. I used toothpaste (white of course) on it about 4 times that night, then washed it off and dryed it, then placed it in the console...still unreadable. So, tonight I tried rubbing alcohol first and waited for it to dry...placed it BACK into the console, still unreadable, tried toothpaste 5 times again, unreadable. So, I began reading ALL these ideas, mom explained to me some of them were ****, so I'm stuck unable to know what i should do as of right this moment...what should I DO, what would work good, and NOT cost me? Thanks =D signed, Hysteria.

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sammary

Great tips. I will see which one works best for some of my old cd's.

Thanks.
Shaun T Insanity

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u could rent the same exact game and install it onto ur hard drive (if u have 1) an then return it back an now u have the whole game complete on ur system

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Reporting back to say that furniture polish worked. Thanks.
insanity workout

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I have a CD that i really like. I already tried alcohol and toothpaste but it only makes it worser. So i dont know should i try the bannana one or the polish thing.

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Sunshine

Thanks everyone, I'm always eager to learn new repair tricks! So I thought I would share one that few people know and many refuse to believe.

If you have small scratches on the other side of your discs and they've scratched through the data foil you may think there's no hope. Surprise! Depending of course on the size (particularly the width) of the scratches they may be very fixable, especially CDR's and ones with minimal graphics.

First hold the cd up in front of a light to see how big and where, then you take a PILOT BRAND extra fine point silver marker/paint pen (the one you have to shake and press the tip into itself, ya know?)and gently fill in the scratches. **If you push too hard sometimes it will look filled but will leave gaps underneath, then it's a goner.** I've only ever used that particular pen so it's the only one i can recommend. I've been doing this since 2006 and I'd estimate around 65-80% success rate! Happy New Year!!! :-)

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I read through the suggestions and didn't have any Brasso but I did have Bon Ami which is calcium carbonate and feldspar. It's used to clean things like Corning cookware and smooth-top stoves. Since toothpaste also contains calcium carbonate I thought it might be worth a try.

I shook a little powder out and added enough water to make a paste. I wet a Kleenex, dabbed it in the paste, then gently pulled it from the inside to the outside of the scratches (vertically from the middle, not circular). I made about three swipes, then rinsed and dried the CD and it worked perfectly.

You just want to push gently to buff out the top of the scratch. It's hard to tell how deep these were, but my player couldn't read it at all before...just got stuck and stayed there.

Jan

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most of my games are scratched because i layed my 360 flat on the ground(make sure you don't do this or it will result in scratched discs.) And i cant wait to try this thank you

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i used a bottle of wood cleaner, and i assumed like pledge it would still shine the disc really nicely it surely worked, so thanks for the tip gentlemen

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NBA 2k5 is now working! That gum tip works great! And the game was a PS2 game

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How long does the pledge have to set on the dvd before i can wipe it off and for it to work properly? Definitely not less than 15 seconds.

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Gee... if this works you would be my hero. My favorite game for wii isn't working no matter how hard I've tried. In fact, my I'm trying a method as we speak.

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Thanks for the tip. I used toothpaste with baking soda and it worked. I was a little skeptical since some people said it would make it worse.

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does this work for wii games?

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use bleach and leave it on for five minutes the wipe it off with boiling vinageur. trust me it works. i was testing some remidies out and this on worked. perfect combination.

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The Brasso worked. 040210 I used Toothpaste did not work. A total circle was on my sons game. I used Brasso which made it appear more scratched up. We cleaned it well with dry cloth. He is playing it now with no problems at all. Thank you so much for the advise. Pull him from a burning house not a hero. Save his game, I am the greatest mom in the world...

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whats the best way to get scratches out on modern warfare 2 xbox 360 disc. Anyone?

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i couldnt get the gum off the game can anyone tell me how to get the rest of the gum off?

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I had heard of toothpaste, which was the first remedy I tried. But I found other methods, too. Below are the results of my exploration, complete with my own experience with the remedy. Remember, I can't guarantee results. If your scratches are very deep you're probably out of luck. But if a few scratches are giving you some skipping or the CD/DVD is unreadable, this may save you a trip to your local Best Buy.

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