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Easy Fix for Scratched CDs

timothy posted more than 7 years ago | from the don't-hate-me-bc-I'm-beautiful dept.

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NotQuiteOnto writes "Ben Hayes (om3ga) has performed an experiment as to the best method to fix scratched CDs. He set himself the criteria that it can't take longer that 5 minutes and it has to be something in his house. The result isn't what you'd think ..." Luckily, he stopped before "peanut butter."

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328 comments

Put them to better use (4, Funny)

ExE122 (954104) | more than 7 years ago | (#15838855)

I tried a similar experiment but instead I used CDs that did play Kings of Leon to see if I could get them to stop.

I tried putting them in the microwave [google.com] , throwing them across the room [flickr.com] , smashing them with my head [guzer.com] , and then eating them [google.com] .

It worked! I never had to listen to the Kings of Leon again...

--
"A man is asked if he is wise or not. He replies that he is otherwise" ~Mao Zedong

Re:Put them to better use (4, Informative)

russ1337 (938915) | more than 7 years ago | (#15838930)



Caution: Plot Spoiler!!!

Next I tried a mixture of 3 parts water to one part olive oil (I know they don't mix, but shake!) That almost worked. I mean that the light wasn't scattered when I held it against the light, but my XBox couldn't read it, probably because it was yellow. This made me think that the oily/gel idea was the best way to go. I looked around the bathroom cupboard for somthing similar, and found this:

Yes, hair gel, and guess what... It worked!

I applied it in much the same way as the toothpaste, except I didn't dribble water on it. I rubbed it first. Even though I applied it to one area, it ended up evenly spread around the whole disc. I then dribbled water on to loosen it up so I could rub the excess off.

So, the secret to scratch free CDs is......

Hair Gel!-Ben

Re:Put them to better use (1, Funny)

pookemon (909195) | more than 7 years ago | (#15839141)

But, doesn't that mess up your hair?

Re:Put them to better use (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15839033)

Good for you. Dipshit.

I hate all of you! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15838858)

GO to hell!

Love Always,
News For Turds

Even Better (5, Informative)

Billosaur (927319) | more than 7 years ago | (#15838862)

Just try using Pledge [lifehacker.com] . I actually did this with scratches on my glasses (the lenses are plastic) and it works pretty well. Note: you'll probably have to do it again in the future, as I'm not sure how long it will last on the CD.

Re:Even Better (5, Funny)

cerberusss (660701) | more than 7 years ago | (#15838999)

Just try using Pledge.
Or, if that's not available, use K-Y Jelly!!

Posting anon for obvious reasons... Oh and you have to put it ON THE CD

Re:Even Better (5, Funny)

cerberusss (660701) | more than 7 years ago | (#15839017)

Note to self: check "Post Anonymously" if I say so in the post.

Re:Even Better (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15839283)

No need to be ashamed. We already knew you were a wanker. Everyone does it. I prefer Astroglide, myself.

Re:Even Better (1)

prell (584580) | more than 7 years ago | (#15839197)

Actually, olive oil is better than lube. It doesn't dry out at all. Don't use it with a condom, though: it eats latex!

Re:Even Better (4, Funny)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 7 years ago | (#15839226)

I don't wanna know how you figured this one out. I imagine it involves something along the lines of, "Oooooh, shiny...Hey look, a hole!"

Re:Even Better (0)

grub (11606) | more than 7 years ago | (#15839010)


I'll second that!

Several years ago I was returning some DVDs I had rented (this was before BitTorrent ;)) and saw the clerk using Pledge on a DVD. I asked aboutit and she said it's the best way to reduce minor scratches and scuffs. I've been doing that since.

Re:Even Better (2, Interesting)

BlueShirt (919167) | more than 7 years ago | (#15839127)

When I was fishing a few eeks ago, I accidently sprayed DEET (mosquito repellent contained in Deep-Woods Off) on one of my glasses' lens, which is plastic. I immediately dunked it in the lake and put them back on. I thought I had lost a lense but then I saw that the DEET had removed all the scratches on that lens. I haven't tried it on the other lens yet, but I will certainly give it a shot once I have my new glasses. I'm thinking of trying it on my scratched CDs, too.

Re:Even Better (2, Informative)

BIZKeT (636677) | more than 7 years ago | (#15839175)

Pledge works very well. It is what I use as well as what I suggested to customers when I used to do technical support for GT Interactive / Humongous Entertainment.

Re:Even Better (5, Interesting)

famebait (450028) | more than 7 years ago | (#15839284)

I've also tried various filling-in materials: chapstick, polishing wax, etc. They all seem to work as long as you can get the excess off cleanly. But I'm not certian if they work for the reason we like to think. One experiment left the scratch very visible, but the CD still working better. That got me wondering. So I tried filling with a positively opaque crayon (wiping away excess), and that worked too. I figured it could be done even quicker if I could skip the cleaning up, so I tried with a black fine-line felt marker, simly drawing a thin line on top of the scratch, and guess what: it not only worked fine, it could handle much larger defects than nothig else had been able to fix (well, actually there was a barely audible artifact, but aleast it played).

It has to be sad: this was on music CDs, so you can lose quite a lot of bits without serious harm to the result (and even a slightly audible tick is something you can live with), so it's not a fir comparison to software. But it did make me wonder: do all those remedies really help the machine read more bits correctly by repairing the refrective plane, as it is tempting to believe? Or do they simply allow the built in error correction do its job, by blocking the area where the (clear but warped) surface of the sratch would otherwise make the laser lose its tracking?

Candle wax works too (1)

tylernt (581794) | more than 7 years ago | (#15839313)

One day I couldn't get my scratched Windows install CD to work. Grabbed a white candle, rubbed it on the disc, then buffed it out with a cloth. You could still see the big scratches, but the disc worked fine after that.

Slashdotted (1)

Lithgon (896737) | more than 7 years ago | (#15838866)

And there goes another victim of slashdot.

Re:Slashdotted (1)

jaredmauch (633928) | more than 7 years ago | (#15838916)

If someone can email me a tgz or similar i'll put the mirror up.

mirror (Re:Slashdotted) (4, Informative)

jaredmauch (633928) | more than 7 years ago | (#15838976)

here [nether.net]

Re:Slashdotted (4, Informative)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 7 years ago | (#15838935)

Not only was it Slashdotted, but it was pulled for exceeding its CPU, not bandwidth, quota. Hopefully this will teach people not to use PHP for static content...

Slashdotted... (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15838867)

Slashdotted ALREADY.

Scratched (4, Funny)

HugePedlar (900427) | more than 7 years ago | (#15838868)

But does it work for CD recordings of old vynil records?

Fixing Scratched Vinyl (5, Funny)

Reverend528 (585549) | more than 7 years ago | (#15839039)

After years of use, most vinyl records develop a single deep scratch that spirals from the outside towards the center. I find that rubber cement can fix it pretty easily. I did this to some of my old records a couple years ago and they sound much better now.

CPU Quota? (0, Flamebait)

Roody Blashes (975889) | more than 7 years ago | (#15838871)

I like how there's a "click here" link on the site. Yea. As if a million desperate nerds aren't all going to sit there clicking it obsessively because they're trying to fix the scratches on their animu hentai cd collection before they have to head for work this morning....

This Account Has Exceeded Its CPU Quota (1)

caluml (551744) | more than 7 years ago | (#15838874)

This Account Has Exceeded Its CPU Quota

Guess we'll never know.

slashdotted (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15838877)

Slashdotted at 0 comments. :(

I received the following message: (4, Funny)

sglider (648795) | more than 7 years ago | (#15838878)

  • If you are the webmaster, your account may have exceeded for one or more of the following reasons:
  • Your site has used more than 20% of the cpu.

    Understatement of the century.

Re:I received the following message: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15838939)

I surely did not expect that was the best method....

/.ed Already? (0, Redundant)

Kurt Wall (677000) | more than 7 years ago | (#15838880)

Well, that didn't take long.

Slashdotted (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15838881)

Mirror?

Quickest slashdotting EVAR! (1)

msauve (701917) | more than 7 years ago | (#15838882)

Let me guess. He used toothpaste [g4tv.com] .

Re:Quickest slashdotting EVAR! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15838963)

Let me guess. He used toothpaste.

Yes, but it didn't work.

Re:Quickest slashdotting EVAR! (3, Funny)

FudRucker (866063) | more than 7 years ago | (#15839069)

4 out of 5 dentists reccomend it.

Re:Quickest slashdotting EVAR! (3, Funny)

Auntie Virus (772950) | more than 7 years ago | (#15839210)

4 out of 5 dentists reccomend it.

WTF is UP with that 5th dentist????

Slashdotted already!!!??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15838883)

Anyone have an alternate link to TFA???

Wow! (4, Funny)

Aladrin (926209) | more than 7 years ago | (#15838884)

Wow, that is SO not what I thought the answer was!

Aladrin Cache for those who missed it:

"This Account Has Exceeded Its CPU Quota"

Already Slashdotted (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15838885)

Posted less than three minutes and the site is already slashdotted I think that's a new record.

Google cache of site (4, Informative)

laffer1 (701823) | more than 7 years ago | (#15838886)

Re:Google cache of site (5, Informative)

dolphinling (720774) | more than 7 years ago | (#15838953)

And after viewing it we find... it wasn't worth it. Just a bunch of "This didn't work. This didn't either. Nor this. And that didn't either. HAIR GEL! THAT WORKED!". No discussion on why or other things to try or anything.

At least it was short.

Re:Google cache of site (2, Funny)

Mr. Underbridge (666784) | more than 7 years ago | (#15839138)

Yeah, this isn't fair. Only Nancy-boys who use hair gel get to fix their CDs?

Re:Google cache of site (4, Funny)

MaxQuordlepleen (236397) | more than 7 years ago | (#15839222)

err, or those with girlfriends, wives or daughters. Guess that's not you :)

Fast Slashdotting... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15838889)

So, did anyone get this thing before the site died?

I always used unflavored plain chapstick (5, Informative)

falloutboy (150069) | more than 7 years ago | (#15838890)

1. Wash the CD with hand soap and water
2. Dry it off
3. Put a little chapstick on the tip of your finger, rub it gently in a circular motion on the surface of the CD where the scratch is
4. Wash again with hand soap and water

This seemed to work pretty well for small scratches.

My solution (1)

DylanLeigh (991089) | more than 7 years ago | (#15839102)

Hair spray (the Vinyl kind) - spray it on, then wipe towards the spokes gently (it accumulates in the scratches).

Re:I always used unflavored plain chapstick (4, Funny)

txmadman (538415) | more than 7 years ago | (#15839115)

And if your CD gets scratched at school, the nurse has like five sticks of chapstick in her drawer.

old photographer's trick: nose grease! (5, Informative)

RMH101 (636144) | more than 7 years ago | (#15839118)

...also works on CDs. Turns out the refractive index of nose grease (i.e. wipe your finger down the OUTSIDE of your nose!) is approximately the same as celluloid. Hence wiping it on scratches on negatives makes them disappear. Also kind of works on CDs - same refractive index means less refraction from the scratch...

Re:I always used unflavored plain chapstick (1)

Yad (713195) | more than 7 years ago | (#15839171)

I have never used that solution, but I do employ something similar: 1. Coat the disc with liquid dish soap 2. Rub the soap into the disc 3. Rinse off the disc 4. Dry it with paper towel It usually works.

Re:I always used unflavored plain chapstick (3, Informative)

Lurker187 (127055) | more than 7 years ago | (#15839258)

I have never used that solution, but I do employ something similar: 1. Coat the disc with liquid dish soap 2. Rub the soap into the disc 3. Rinse off the disc 4. Dry it with paper towel It usually works.
...except I'd recommend against using paper towels. The best thing I've found for drying/dusting optical disks is an eyeglass-polishing cloth. Many eyeglass/sunglass stores give them away with or sometimes without a purchase. The old cloth kind is tightly woven and usually won't shed, but the newer ones are a fine synthetic weave that will pretty much never shed. I love them for getting dust and little kid fingerprints off our DVDs.

Oops. (1)

DikSeaCup (767041) | more than 7 years ago | (#15838892)

Well, the server isn't really Slashdotted ... but the account is.

This Account Has Exceeded Its CPU Quota

Please contact this site's webmaster.

Wait a few minutes and use your browser's "Back" button or click here to try again.

If you are the webmaster, your account may have exceeded for one or more of the following reasons:

* Your site has used more than 20% of the cpu.
* Your account has too many processes running at the same time.
* Your site was consuming too many resources. This happens on occassion to very busy sites that have inefficient scripts running.

Re:Oops. (4, Funny)

varmittang (849469) | more than 7 years ago | (#15838981)

Foot note to add.

Yeah, our server is now on fire. But don't worry, the local fire department has been called.

Household trick (1)

scenestar (828656) | more than 7 years ago | (#15838903)

For light scratches, use toothpaste.

Re:Household trick (1)

scenestar (828656) | more than 7 years ago | (#15838946)

Ok, so according to this article it didn't work.

Now before i get modded into oblivion here's some stuff to back upo my statement

http://www.wikihow.com/Repair-a-CD-Using-Toothpast e [wikihow.com]

Once again, the ways to fix cd's depends on the type of scratch you are dealing with. (toothpaste to polish out scratches to floor wax to fill deep scratches)

Re:Household trick (1)

Detritus (11846) | more than 7 years ago | (#15839044)

Chocolate is supposed to be a good polishing agent. I'm not sure what the abrasive agent is. I've used toothpaste with some success.

Re:Household trick (1)

NatasRevol (731260) | more than 7 years ago | (#15839218)

Sugar is the abrasive agent.

You could still be fixing a cd (5, Funny)

Whatsisname (891214) | more than 7 years ago | (#15838911)

Wow, that site got owned in less time than it takes to repair a CD!

Brasso works (5, Informative)

JavaBrain (920722) | more than 7 years ago | (#15838913)

The site appears to be down? After visiting this website I've stuck to Brasso (and it really works great):

http://www.burningissues.net/how_to/scratchrepair/ scratchrepair.htm [burningissues.net]

Re:Brasso works great. (1)

SynapseLapse (644398) | more than 7 years ago | (#15839276)

I concur. Brasso works far better than anything else I've ever tried. As long as the aluminum layer isn't scratched, Brasso will fix damn near any scratch. If the scratch is a particularly deep gouge, you can also boil the cd for about 60s to soften the plastic.

Article Text as site is down... (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15838920)

Scratched CDs? No Problem!
Published July 27th, 2006 in Main

We've all been there, bought a preowned game, put it excitedly into the console, then shouted "OMFGz0rWTF!?!?" as the console wouldn't recognise the game. Or perhaps you have a CD which contains important data, and M$ Windoze gives you a "Cyclic Redundancy Check" error (fancy way of saying 'Your disc is bloody SCRATCHED').

Whatever your problem is, it's caused by the same thing: A scratch. A scratched CD or DVD is just annoying!

So I took it upon myself to perform an experiment, to determine the very best way of dealing with a scratched disc. The limit I set myself, though, was that whatever I did it with must be somewhere in my house, and can't take longer than 5 minutes, including waiting time for things to dry, etc.

I thought of three main ways to cope with scratches:

      1. Use an oily substance, or a gel, to fill in the scratch so that the laser goes straight through. This is the easiest option of the three.
      2. Use a mild abrasive to round the edges of the scratches so that the laser doesn't get scattered as much. This is probably the most feasible option of the three.
      3. Somehow take off a thin layer of plastic, removing the scratches altogether. This is the hardest, and probably impossible in 5 minutes with household items.

How a CD works:

I burnt 5 CDs with 6 songs on them:

        * Kings of Leon - Razz
        * Kings of Leon - Soft
        * The Libertines - What Katie Did
        * Kings of Leon - The Bucket
        * Kings of Leon - Velvet Snow
        * Kings of Leon - Taper Jean Girl

I then proceeded to scratch a few of the CDs with a pair of scissors, nothing deep, just enough to make the XBox in which I was playing them get annoyed.

The first thing I tried was plain old water, I know, sounds stupid... But the day before, I bought a game, which was scratched (not dirty, scratched). The first thing I tried was water, which I rubbed in gently, so that it stayed in the scratches, it then worked perfectly.

Next I had to rub it. The only way to rub something off a CD, is with a lint free cloth, going out in spokes from the centre.

Ok, so that didn't work too well on my test discs... Next up was, deodorant. I decided to use this, because it contained something oily (isopropyl myristate) which was dissolved in something volatile (denatured alcohol, propane, butane, isobutane, basically loads of hydrocarbons). So when I sprayed it on, I was hoping for the alcohols to evaporate while the isopropyl myristate separated into isopropyl and myristic acid to become oily and viscous, and stay in the cracks.

I rubbed it in gently, just to get it into the cracks, but not to remove it, and then let it sit for two minutes. It evaporated, and when held against the light, the "rainbows" got scattered less. It looked hopeful. But it didn't work.

Ok, next up is something I use to clean the fretboard on my guitar, Lem-oil. It's viscous and oily, and smells of lemon. I sprayed it on and this time had to rub slightly more vigourously, as it wasn't volatile enough to fit in with my 5 minute limit.

I rubbed it in, and it sort of worked. The XBox loaded the CD, and played it, but it was really crackly and noisy. So it kind of worked, but Caleb sounded pissed off and sort of like a monster.

Next I tried the method that a lot of people talk about: the toothpaste method. Toothpaste is a mild abrasive, and using it you should be able to round off the edges on the scratches. This method looked like it would work if I carried on, as the light was getting less scattered by the scratches, but I set myself a strict 5 minute time limit. To apply the toothpaste take the tiniest bit on the tip of your finger, and without touching the CD with your finger its self, apply the toothpaste to only the scratched area (and just around it). Now put it under the tap and dribble water on it, so that the toothpaste goes sort of mushy. Now tilt the CD over a sink very gently so that the water runs off, but the toothpaste stays. Now, like all the other methods, rub it in with a lint free cloth, but this time you really need to go to town, as you are actually trying to round off the scratches. This is my CD after the toothpaste was applied (the light makes it look really thick, but it isn't, and the light also makes some of the dripping water look like toothpaste):

That didn't work either. In a crazy futile attempt, I tried mixing the above four together:

That contained water, deodorant, lem oil and toothpaste. Needless to say it didn't work.

Next I tried a mixture of 3 parts water to one part olive oil (I know they don't mix, but shake!) That almost worked. I mean that the light wasn't scattered when I held it against the light, but my XBox couldn't read it, probably because it was yellow. This made me think that the oily/gel idea was the best way to go. I looked around the bathroom cupboard for somthing similar, and found this:

Yes, hair gel, and guess what... It worked!

I applied it in much the same way as the toothpaste, except I didn't dribble water on it. I rubbed it first. Even though I applied it to one area, it ended up evenly spread around the whole disc. I then dribbled water on to loosen it up so I could rub the excess off.

So, the secret to scratch free CDs is......

Hair Gel!-Ben

DISCLAIMER: I, Ben Hayes, take no responsibility or liability for any personal damage, financial damage, or damage to property caused by the actions of the individual replicating what was mentioned in this guide.

What also works (4, Informative)

EEPROMS (889169) | more than 7 years ago | (#15838927)

I found WD-40 and 2-26 Electrolube works well with scratched DVD's, CD's.

Lasts a few hours but long enough to recover the ISO or data.

Olive oil (2, Informative)

mustafap (452510) | more than 7 years ago | (#15838928)

Can't see the web site, so don't know what they did.

I've been using olive oil successfully for years. Pour a smal drop on and wipe over the surface with a lint free cloth. Recommend not reading the CD in your best drive though (although I have had no trouble)

Page Mirror (1)

Plocmstart (718110) | more than 7 years ago | (#15838944)

Re:Page Mirror (1)

Plocmstart (718110) | more than 7 years ago | (#15838993)

Can I reply to my own comment? Anyways I'm suprised no one has tried some of the various kinds of car cleaners or waxes... really what you are doing is either trying to fill in the gaps as seamlessly as possible so the laser can read the data, or you are trying to polish them away by smoothing out the edges of the scratches or actually making the CD thinner to the depth of the scratches themselves. I'd think some auto polishes may do a good job of this if they don't make the plastic surface too reflective.

Re:Page Mirror (1)

amrust (686727) | more than 7 years ago | (#15839260)

Several people here have tried car waxes (including me).

You might have your comment threshold set too high, but I've seen several comments on Turtle Wax, etc on this page.

I saw the actual site for those who missed it... (2, Interesting)

plasmacutter (901737) | more than 7 years ago | (#15838948)

It was semi-diluted hair gel in a thin coat on the disk..

That said, how is this any better than the scratched disk in the first place? Sure it might play once, but now you have bloody hair gel on your disk! that's even stickier and more fragile than the cheap plastic they used to make the disk.

I like my solution better:
download what was on the disk from somewhere else.

Q: isn't that piracy?
A: Does it really matter? they sold it to you on crappy cheap plastic.. it should be fair use to "repress" the cd/dvd you bought.

Re:I saw the actual site for those who missed it.. (1)

Secrity (742221) | more than 7 years ago | (#15839179)

I agree with you that hair gel is not a good long-term solution to make a scratched disk playable. TFA used test CDs that contained music which I assume is commonly available, and your solution would work well to replace the music that was used on the test disks.

Some scratched CDs/DVDs contain data that is not available anywhere else or may be difficult to find. Using hair gel on a scratched disk to salvage data is reasonable and it may be easier than finding replacement data, even if it is readily available.

Re:I saw the actual site for those who missed it.. (1)

PunkOfLinux (870955) | more than 7 years ago | (#15839215)

except for console games -_- not gonna work that well, buddy

Re:I saw the actual site for those who missed it.. (-1)

SalsaDoom (14830) | more than 7 years ago | (#15839247)

RIAA: "Help help! I'm being repressed!" ;D

Turtle Wax (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15838956)

I've gotten some great results before with turtle wax.

I don't want FOP Damn it, I'm a Dapper Dan Man! (4, Funny)

Sporkinum (655143) | more than 7 years ago | (#15838970)

Hair Gel.. Whoda thunk it?
"I like the smell of my hair treatment; the pleasing odor is half the point."

Re:I don't want FOP Damn it, I'm a Dapper Dan Man! (1)

Jozer99 (693146) | more than 7 years ago | (#15839229)

What if it is software? Music is easy to replace, but finding a specific version of some obscure enterprise software is quite hard. Also, what if it is personal data? You can't download your old tax returns from Kazaa (hopefully).

teaser (4, Funny)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 7 years ago | (#15838975)

Since the site seems to be down, I'll give everyone a small teaser from the final paragraph: I rubbed it first.

Betcha can't guess what it is...Keep in mind his original criteria...

Wow, no one's mentioned the 100% free option... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15839007)

Nose grease. rub your finger along the side of the bridge of your nose and then rub the scratch on the disk. I've been doing this for a decade and it works everytime.

He used hair gel. (1)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 7 years ago | (#15839013)

Yes, hair gel, and guess what... It worked! I applied it in much the same way as the toothpaste, except I didn't dribble water on it. I rubbed it first. Even though I applied it to one area, it ended up evenly spread around the whole disc. I then dribbled water on to loosen it up so I could rub the excess off.
I'm bald, you insensitive clod!

Re:He used hair gel. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15839271)

Well you won't be wanting the hairgel for anything else then.

Result!

My solution (4, Informative)

Groovel76 (672885) | more than 7 years ago | (#15839014)

I used to work at PRS Guitars so I had access to 1000 - 2500 grit sandpaper (available at any auto store). Worked great! Just do a wet sanding with that stuff and you sand through the big scratches leaving very tiny scratches that don't give the laser any trouble. I would polish it with with some scratch removing car wax though the big rotary buffers at PRS worked much much better. I may have to try the hair gel for the polish next time though.

Re:My solution (1)

scotch (102596) | more than 7 years ago | (#15839135)

80 grit sandpaper from your local hardware works fine as well. Try it, you'll be surprised!

Re:My solution (1)

hobo sapiens (893427) | more than 7 years ago | (#15839244)

PRS Guitars! I will be modded OT, but who cares. I was wondering, with all the new models (like the bolt neck) is their quality still up to par? Or is it slipping? I was thinking about buying one, but before shelling out $3K it would be interesting to hear an insider's perspective.

Do you know how I know you're gay? (-1, Flamebait)

csoto (220540) | more than 7 years ago | (#15839031)

You use hair gel to fix scratches on your CDs!

Cool (1)

Linker3000 (626634) | more than 7 years ago | (#15839042)

Cool Dugg+...oh..WTF...wrong site?

Solution for slot-loading drives (4, Funny)

eltonito (910528) | more than 7 years ago | (#15839045)

I put a little KY Jelly on the disk before I insert it into the slot. The CD player seems to whirr with joy!

Re:Solution for slot-loading drives (5, Funny)

Daniel_Staal (609844) | more than 7 years ago | (#15839100)

Dude, anyone who sees a bottle of KY Jelly next to your computer is likely to get the right idea about you...

Re:Solution for slot-loading drives (1)

Alaria Phrozen (975601) | more than 7 years ago | (#15839277)

I hope I never get to the point where my first thought is:

Sticky clumpy tissues everywhere? He must have a really bad cold.

A bottle of KY on some guy's computer desk? He must take really good care of his CDs.

My wife is actually smiling around me. Those late night privary therapy sessions with Yoga Master Tod must be working wonders for her stress levels.

Shouting "OMFGz0rWTF!?!?" (5, Funny)

turthalion (891782) | more than 7 years ago | (#15839053)

From TFA:

We've all been there, bought a preowned game, put it excitedly into the console, then shouted "OMFGz0rWTF!?!?"

You know, I wonder how many of his readers have really shouted "OMFGz0rWTF!?!?"... I mean, how do you even say that? Where do you even start?

Re:Shouting "OMFGz0rWTF!?!?" (1)

Alaria Phrozen (975601) | more than 7 years ago | (#15839223)

Well, just by reading comments here, it seems that before you begin you're going to need KY Jelly.

To actually start, you have a big O. After that I usually fall asleep.

Like this: (3, Funny)

pestie (141370) | more than 7 years ago | (#15839261)

"Oh em eff gee-zors double-you tee eff!"

Yeah, it doesn't exactly roll off the tongue, does it?

Car wax (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15839076)

I once fixed a heavily scratched CD by buffing it with the car wax I had in the garage.

Re:Car wax (1)

Cunk (643486) | more than 7 years ago | (#15839093)

I'll confirm this one as well. Turtle Wax to be exact.

But I've only tried it once.

What about.... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#15839077)

In shop class we used to use car wax, armorall, craft glue mixed with rubbing alcohol or mineral oils to finish & polish cut ends of plastic, glass and polyethelene tubing. Any application here?

Slashdotted or a Conspiracy (1)

ACORN_USER (902686) | more than 7 years ago | (#15839081)

Was the site /.'ed or can this be the result of a DOS attack by the music industry. I believe that news of this slashdot article got through to the S0ny dirty tricks department and that they were threatened by the prospect of consumers no longer having to cyclically repurchase their albums every two years?

Or perhaps this is a result of that devious Union of Hair Gel workers, trying to avoid longer working hours.

Either way, I'm sure that the International Association of Frisbee Manufactorers is no longer laughing.

It makes my hair stand. Another use for hair gel.

Car wax (3, Informative)

kalla (254222) | more than 7 years ago | (#15839085)

Wax the surface of the disc - a decent carnauba car wax works fine. This fills in a lot of the minute surface scratches. It's improved the playability a lot of discs I had that were badly scratched.

CD's (1)

certel (849946) | more than 7 years ago | (#15839158)

Toothpaste man! Works wonders.

My xbox would be mad too (1)

devilsbrigade (930153) | more than 7 years ago | (#15839160)

If i tried to make it play Kings of leon too. Yeesh. BTW, I saw an episode like this on G4 about 3 years ago at a friends house. They where testing out those "fix your cd" machines you can buy at Blockbuster and the such and comparing the results to using baking soda tooth paste (the baking soda acts as the mild abrasive in the toothpaste). I think i remember the toothpaste working a little better, although the music choice for them wasn't much better than kings of leon.

In other news ... people still use CDs (2, Insightful)

EaglesNest (524150) | more than 7 years ago | (#15839177)

About the only thing I use a CD for is Oblivion, Halo, and FEAR. ID Software has been kind enough to no longer require a CD be inserted just to play a game that is already on my hard disk. Half Life 2, of couse, has Steam.

The premise of the article raises two questions:

1. What the hell do people need CDs for?
2. How in hell do these CDs get scratched? It's not a long distance from the CD tray to the jewel case.

Re:In other news ... people still use CDs (2, Informative)

triskaidekaphile (252815) | more than 7 years ago | (#15839282)

From your statement I can infer

  1. you do not own a console game (for which discs are mandatory)
  2. you have no children

I don't get it either (1)

pestie (141370) | more than 7 years ago | (#15839299)

I've never been able to figure out how people manage to scratch a disc so badly that it causes read errors. I've been using CD's as long as anyone and I have yet to screw one up badly enough to notice. The only thing I can think of is maybe these people have, or are, children. That's one of the best arguments for fair-use copying of a DVD you already own, too - your 4-year-old kid wants to watch the latest Disney monstrosity 871 times a day and you just know one day your kid's going to decide to "make toast" and use the DVD in lieu of a slice of bread...

Brasso - Works Great! (2, Informative)

tbcpp (797625) | more than 7 years ago | (#15839195)

I work (and live) at a military style academy. And seeing as we have to shine everything from buckles to brass railings, there seems to be a odd facination with Brasso here. Someone tried it on a cd and it works! Just put a bit on and shine it up. Whipe it off when you're done.

Workaholics! (5, Interesting)

inviolet (797804) | more than 7 years ago | (#15839254)

Wax? Pledge? Toothpaste? Buffing?

Y'all are a bunch of workaholics.

Just lightly wave a propane or butane torch over the scratches.

It works for all polycarbonates, including CDs, DVDs, helmet visors, motorcycle windshields, airplane windshields, cellphone screens.

The trick is to wave the flame over it so very very lightly and quickly, that the rough edges of the scratch briefly melt and flow.

Next thing you know (1)

ch-chuck (9622) | more than 7 years ago | (#15839293)

He'll be getting a nasty-gram from the lawyers of the Hair Institute Association of America (HIAA) warning against unlicensend use of a copyrighted hair care formula.

Will this work with HD-DVD/Blueray? (1)

ultrafunkula (547970) | more than 7 years ago | (#15839296)

Does anybody have experience with scratches on the newer media formats? I know that the data is stored more densely - does this mean that a badly placed scratch could be even more devestating? I've had CD and DVD backups ruined by scratches (a lot of these problems are because of cheap media) - but when you're looking at losing tens of GBs on a single disc that could be ruined by a bad scratch...
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