The toothpaste thing is not a myth, but it doesn't fix discs either. At best, it can make the disc temporarily readable enough for you to rip/burn a copy. However the scratched portion will still skip when you rip it. I personally wouldn't do it. Raff has, like he mentioned, a 2000+ buck machine. That is what should be used if you can find someone local to do it. Or don't mind sending the discs to Raff's shop. You can get crappy cheap ones at Walmart, but I've seen those completely wreck discs. scottaa1, when I say "see through the disc", I mean you can see vividly the light through the disc. Not just transparency. I mean you can literally see through it like you look through a glass window.
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I'm looking for a permanent fix, not just a "get the stuff off the disc" fix. I've got a couple of older CDs that I wanna keep, and my daughter has some pretty scuffed up ones that I'll be Super Daddy if I can fix.
Hey Knapp, you can find somebody with one of the machines like Raff is talking about if you have any hookups with Video Game stores, second-hand music stores, video rental stores (what Raff does I think) etc. I know our local library also runs their DVD's through those machines. So in short, I would try taking it in somewhere like this and see if you can convince somebody to help you out. Or even easier if you have a friend that works at somewhere like that.
Azrael wrote:There's this stuff called Novus 1, 2, 3. Works wonders, honestly. I have a 3 year old that handles all his DVDs in a not so dainty manner so I use it alot to clean up the DVDs. Just google it and you'll find sites that sell it. Produced by a company called Micro Mark I believe.
Novus is an acrylic/glass cleaner/sander. It actually sands the disc, but you have to do it in steps. If you use Step 3 for a deeper scratch, you'll have to use step 2 and Step 1. If you start with 2 you have to use 1. The only problem with Novus is that you are not actually putting a new protective layer on the disc.
If you use Step 3 of Novus three or more times you may ruin the disc.
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