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How to Remove Scratches from a CD

There are various techniques you can imply to remove scratches from a CD. Read the Techspirited article to find some tried and tested techniques that many claim to have worked for them.
Techspirited Staff
Although we may not use CDs to store important data in, you may previously have used it, and wish to keep it unharmed. However, the more you use it, the more issues you may have to faceā€•one of which being the nasty scratches that develop on it. So to fix the scratches as soon as possible, take a look at the following techniques.
Remove scratches using ...
a store-bought cleaner
  • In order to remove deep scratches, you need to clean it first.
  • Purchase a commercial CD cleaner kit, which can be easily found in Walmart or Target; or you can use metal polish as well.
  • Spread the liquid all over the surface and wait for few moments (or as directed on the cleaner's instructions).
  • Take a soft, clean cloth to wipe the liquid off. Leave the CD on its side to dry completely.
  • Now all there's left to do is place it inside the player, and hope the cleaner worked its magic.
toothpaste and peanut butter
  • First of all, make sure the toothpaste you use does not contain any abrasive particles in it. Baking soda or any small crystal-like or bead-like particles will damage the CD even more.
  • Also, you need to be careful that the peanut butter is smooth and not the chunky kind.
  • Place the plain toothpaste and peanut butter in front of you. First apply the toothpaste over the scratched area.
  • Next, spread the peanut butter over it as well. Make sure that you don't apply a lot of pressure, and are gently spreading both the pastes.
  • Take a clean paper towel and buff the scratches outward for at least 5 minutes.
  • Rinse the mixture with water and make sure there's no trace left on the CD.
  • Leave it to air dry completely and place inside the player to check if it works properly. If not, repeat the process.
petroleum jelly
  • For this method, you will require petroleum jelly and a clean cloth.
  • Spread the petroleum jelly on the scratched surface and follow the inner perimeter. Don't rub the jelly in circular motions; instead gently spread it lengthwise.
  • Use a clean, wet cloth to wipe the excess jelly away.
diet cola and water
  • In a bowl, mix 4 oz. of water and 2 oz. of cola together. Dip a clean cloth in this mixture.
  • Take the CD in your hand and buff the scratches with the cloth. Apply gentle pressure.
  • Change the side of the cloth, dip it again in the mixture, and wipe the CD now. Again, do so by applying as little pressure as you can.
  • Leave it on the side to air dry completely. Insert it inside the player to see if it works properly.
If the above mentioned methods don't work, you can try using ketchup or a ripe banana to get the job done. I hope that you can get this issue fixed at the earliest, and don't lost important data that may be on it.