pilottj
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Reparing CDs

Mon Nov 14, 2005 5:14 am

Hey folks

I have a few CDs that are scrached...enough to make them skip in the player. I would like to try to repair them...vs buying new ones. I saw some automatic repair machines for about 30 bucks at the major electronic stores. Do you have any preferences or any home remedies that you have used?

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RE: Reparing CDs

Mon Nov 14, 2005 5:42 am

Use non-wax furniture polish (Pledge worked for me) and a flannel polishing cloth.

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aloges
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RE: Reparing CDs

Mon Nov 14, 2005 8:05 am

Shouldn't be a problem. There are cheap-ish disc repair kits containing some fluid in a tube and a piece of tissue; the one I bought some months ago worked perfectly fine and it was also useful for repairing the display of my old mobile phone.

When I put a CD somewhere else than its cover, I always put them on the reflecting side - the data is on the printed side, so I'd be screwed if that got scratched. Scratches on the reflecting side can be repaired.
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RE: Reparing CDs

Mon Nov 14, 2005 12:45 pm

Quoting Aloges (Reply 2):
I always put them on the reflecting side - the data is on the printed side, so I'd be screwed if that got scratched. Scratches on the reflecting side can be repaired.



Good point, many people often overlook the fact that the printed side is closer to the recorded material than the reflective side.



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RE: Reparing CDs

Mon Nov 14, 2005 2:06 pm

How effective are these repair kits.
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RE: Reparing CDs

Mon Nov 14, 2005 7:47 pm

Quoting HAWK21M (Reply 4):
How effective are these repair kits.

That CD I mentioned wouldn't play (just keep skipping once the scratch was reached) in my Pioneer CD player, only in my portable Sony one - I guess that thing has a pretty vile error correction software to help keep things going. After repairing the CD, the Pioneer played it like nothing had ever happened.
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RE: Reparing CDs

Mon Nov 14, 2005 8:55 pm

I picked up one of those repair kits some time ago and tested it out on a CD full of scratches. Afterwards the CD played just fine. It was a pain in the ass though just to gt one disk resurfaced.
 
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RE: Reparing CDs

Mon Nov 14, 2005 9:31 pm

Quoting KROC (Reply 6):
picked up one of those repair kits some time ago and tested it out on a CD full of scratches

What was the problem with the CD prior to the cleaning performancewise.
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RE: Reparing CDs

Mon Nov 14, 2005 9:33 pm

The CD had several scratches/gouges in it for hte CD skipped like crazy and was basically unlistenable.
 
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RE: Reparing CDs

Mon Nov 14, 2005 9:40 pm

Quoting KROC (Reply 8):
CD skipped like crazy and was basically unlistenable

How long did you spend [Timewise] cleaning it.
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RE: Reparing CDs

Mon Nov 14, 2005 10:21 pm

It takes a few minutes, maybe 5 or so but its a pain in the ass because you have to crank this little wheel as fast as you can and the CD just creeps along this resurfacing machine.
 
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RE: Reparing CDs

Tue Nov 15, 2005 6:54 pm

Quoting KROC (Reply 10):

Any link/Pic of the Kit.
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