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How to Repair a Scratched CD or DVD

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Is there anything more frustrating than rocking out to music and having the CD begin to skip? Or how about when you’re at the climax of a movie and all the sudden the DVD player stalls and you miss the most important scene after investing sometimes hours into the story. Well here are a few steps you can take to restore your CDs or DVDs to playable condition and avoid those profanity ridden outbursts directed at your media players.

step-1Check if there is excess dirt of grime on the surface. If there is remove it with a soft, lint-free cloth. Make sure and wipe the disk from the inside to the outside in a straight line and not in a circular pattern.


step-2Clean the disk with a damp, lint-free cloth (such as the small cloths used to clean eyeglasses) making sure you continue to wipe from the center to the edge of the disk in a straight line. Cleaning the disk will wipe away any smudges and allow you to easily spot the scratches that need repairing.


step-3Now it’s time to fix the scratches. If you’re having trouble locating the scratches then hold the disk up to a light source and check its surface from different angles. Take a small amount of toothpaste, wax or ideally the liquid that comes with a CD/DVD repair kit and carefully work it into the scratches. Use several thin layers to fill in the scratches and allow it to dry for a bit.


step-4Next buff the disk lightly using the same method as before going from the center to the edge in a straight line. The repair liquid will dry and disappear as you continue to buff.


step-5If some scratches still appear when the liquid is gone then redo steps four and five until you’re satisfied with the results.

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