How to Repair a Scratched DVD

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How to Repair a Scratched DVD

A scratched DVD is a common occurrence in most households, but remains annoying and frustrating, not to mention costly, when the optical drive is unable to read the disc and consumers have to buy replacement discs. However, before rushing out to buy new DVDs, consumers can attempt to repair the scratches and restore the discs to their former glory with a number of simple at-home remedies. By filling the scratch with a suitable material, consumers ensure the laser in the optical drive does not get stuck in the groove created by the scratches in the surface coating of the disc.

Methods of Repairing a Scratched DVD

There are numerous ways of making a home repair for a scratched DVD. When a DVD is scratched, the laser in the optical drive cannot read the groove caused by the scratch, which causes the DVD to get stuck or produces an "unreadable disc" error. Filling in the scratched groove smooths out the surface, allowing the laser to successfully skip the scratch and still pick up the information. These methods work well for light surface scratches and some play scratches. However, DVDs with particularly deep scratches may be irreparably damaged.

Banana

The banana method works well on most light surface and play scratches. Take normal white toothpaste and gently smooth into the scratched areas using a microfibre cloth. Allow the toothpaste to sit on the surface for around a minute to firm up. Take a clean cloth and buff off the excess toothpaste, being careful to buff only in one direction to avoid causing more scratches. Cut a slice of banana and rub the cut side in a circular motion over the scratch. After applying the cut banana, take the inside of the banana peel and rub over the area in circular motions. Take the dry cloth and gently buff the residue away. Spray window cleaner onto the surface of the DVD and clean away with a cloth.

Peanut Butter

When using peanut butter to repair a scratched DVD be sure to only ever use smooth peanut butter. With a soft cotton cloth, wipe the disc, removing all dust, debris, and fingerprints. Place smooth peanut butter onto the cloth and apply to the scratched area of the disc. Set the disc aside and leave overnight. Leaving the disc, complete with peanut butter, allows the peanut butter to release peanut oil, which is what repairs or diminishes the scratch. The next morning, run the disc under cold water. When the peanut butter residue is rinsed away, use a soft cloth and gently pat the excess water away. Do not rub the disc. Set it aside and allow it to air dry.

Metal Polish

Metal polish, such as Brasso, is great for repairing scratches and restoring DVDs to a playable condition. Apply the metal polish to a soft cotton or microfibre cloth and gently rub into the scratched area, using a circular motion. Run the disc under cold water and then rub the scratched area over with soap. Rinse the soap away using cold water then dry the disc with a soft cloth. The metal polish should remain in the scratch, sealed with soap, to fill out the scratch, making it readable.

Window Cleaner

Window cleaner works well to clean dirt, debris, and fingerprints but it also works well to minimise the effects of light scratches. Spray the window cleaner, such as Windolene, directly onto the disc. Then, use a soft, clean cloth and polish away the window cleaner. For the best results, work in circular strokes, beginning at the centre of the disc and working outwards.

Baking Soda Toothpaste

To use baking soda toothpaste, consumers must purchase a traditional baking soda toothpaste, not a gel. Gel is not effective and often contains rough particles that can further scratch and damage the disc. Place a small blob of toothpaste on a soft cloth and rub into the scratch using circular motions. Be sure to only use light pressure as rubbing too hard can remove the disc surface and cause irreparable damage. Wipe off the excess using a lightly dampened cloth. This should restore a scratched DVD to a playable condition.

Summary

When attempting to repair a scratched DVD, it is essential that consumers have all of the necessary equipment to hand. This ensures that the process is quick and straightforward and prevents substances from drying inappropriately on the surface of the disc while the consumer hunts high and low for a crucial element.

Remedy

Required Items

Banana

Banana

Toothpaste

Window cleaner

Clean cloth

Peanut Butter

Cotton cloth

Smooth peanut butter

Metal Polish

Cotton cloth

Metal polish

Soap

Window Cleaner

Window cleaner

Soft cotton cloth

Baking Soda Toothpaste

Soft cloth

Baking soda toothpaste

Shoppers should be fully aware of everything they need to perform their chosen DVD scratch repair method. This ensures they have all their supplies to hand and that the repair goes smoothly, allowing consumers to restore their DVDs successfully.

How to Buy DVDs and DVD Scratch Repair Supplies on eBay

eBay sellers offer a plethora of DVDs to choose from, as well as a comprehensive selection of scratch repair supplies, so you can easily find the products you need to restore your DVDs, regardless of the method you choose. Be sure to check seller feedback before you confirm your purchase to ensure you buy from a reputable seller that provides good service and great products. Consider the scratch repair options available to choose the most appropriate method. If one method is unsuccessful, you can always opt to try a different method. Negate the need for costly DVD repairs or having to buy replacement discs by trying out some of the simple, inexpensive DVD scratch repair methods detailed in this guide.

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