At some point, everyone has owned a DVD copy of Lord of the Rings or Star Wars, before our tech has developed to what it is now. And we have kept with us this DVD/CD collection as it now has its sentimental value. But after the long years of binge-watching from these CDs, some may now have scratches. What a waste right? But you don’t have to worry because you can Fix Scratched DVDs with stuff that’s around your house. Read more below to know how.
Prevention is Key
Always remember that prevention is better than cure. Before trying to fix scratches, let’s learn how to prevent these from occurring. Here are some ways you can prevent scratches or damage in your discs.
- Keep your hands clean before handling discs. The disc’s polycarbonate layer is very easy to damage. Also, grease and oil can cause playback issues. If you can, use some plastic or rubber gloves in handling them.
- In cleaning your discs, start from the center outwards in a straight line. This will avoid damage in the data on the polycarbonate layer. This is done because the data goes around the spiral of the disc, and if any scratches occur in a straight line, it would be easier for the disc reader to catch the error and go through it.
- Always hold the discs from the center hole
- Avoid damaging labels because this can also cause read errors as well
Fixing the scratches
And if prevention is not enough, here the ways you can fix scratched DVDs. In fixing CDs, the main point is to fill in the surface of the scratches. This is why there are scratch-fillers in the market in repairing CDs, and this works too. But to save some money, there are actually a lot of stuff in the house that can be used to fix dvd scratches. Below is a list of items you may actually use as an improvised scratch filler. You just have to spread it on the scratch, wipe it off and your CDs are as good as new.
- Peanut Butter
- Banana peel
- Furniture Polish
- Metal Polish
- Window Cleaner
- Eye Glass Cleaner
- Baking Soda
- Petroleum Jelly
Make sure that before you do smear these household basics, identify where the scratches are in the disc and pre-clean them before application. Now that your CDs are good as new, you can binge watch Lord of the Rings again! Happy watching!