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Removing scratches from CD/DVD discs.

CD jumps all over the place? DVD film stops playing and picture breaks up or freezes then goes to another scene? Just bought a second hand disc and it does that? Then you might have got a scratch or more on the disc. Well now you don't have to throw them in the bin and buy a new one. And it won't cost a penny to fix them!!!! Unless you have false teeth!!

It's easy to fix them too. First look at the underside of the disc, remember the label side doesn't play anything. You might need to catch it in the light to show any marks. If you can see marks and they won't come off with the cleaning sprays you can get for discs, it's a scratch!
To remove them get a tube of TOOTHPASTE - yes that's what I said! And apply a small amount to the discs where any scratches are. Then with a toothbrush, soft bristle type, gently work the paste on the disc. This should remove the mark. Rinse with cold water and dry the disc off with a paper cloth. If you look at it again catching the light, the disc should show no sign of the mark, but you will see like a smudge in the polished surface. This will not affect the playing of the CD or DVD. If you still can see a scratch repeat the process till it goes.
Once finished clean the disc with a spray or the JML disc cleaner, to remove any trace of the cleaning process.

This process will only remove surface scratches from the plastic coat of the disc, anything deeper and the disc is no good.
If the disc has a paper label (IE home made) you will have to ensure that the label doesn't get wet, or you might have to replace the label.

I have cleaned many discs this way and so far they still all play wonderful.
I don't know if you can do this with Blue-Ray discs, as I don't have one yet.

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