how to fix an extremely scratched dvd?

i tried to use a dvd, but it keeps skipping and i realized that it was because there were a ton of scratches. i've read online that some people use toothpaste or even peanut butter, but can someone tell me exactly how to use it. are you just supposed to put it on and leave it there? and what's the best way to put it on? thanks.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    I use furniture polish... like pledge on a soft cloth and buff till dry & shiney. The wax in the polish fills in the scratches so the laser on your dvd player will glide right over them.

    Source(s): I worked for an electronic company...industry secret
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  • 1 decade ago

    An extremely scratched DVD most likely needs to be replaced. Those items are probably good for smaller scratches, but I believe you may still have problems with the DVD. My suggestion is to either buy a new one or try the felt material cloth that is designed to remove scratches from CD's/DVD's.

  • 1 decade ago

    Many electronics stores have a 'CD/DVD repair kit'. It works by sanding or polishing the DVD with a very fine grit material. It will actually remove some of the plastic on the DVD to return it to a readable state. It will not work on deep scratches. Once you have polished the DVD, put a protective cover on it so that if it gets scratched again, the cover can simply and easily be replaced.

    Source(s): Me from experience.
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yeah, I've heard about the peanut butter, toothpaste, and mayonaise. If you must use one of those items (and they are "messy") consider first the original use for these products. They each contain "oil" - any oil based product is going to leave a slight residue. One of your other answerers had the perfect answer as to how to apply said product to your DVD - the one who said the thing about applying the "polish" - you put it on and rub it in, then "polish" it off with (it could take as many as three) soft cloth. And like another of your answerers (perhaps more than one) said: "This will not get rid of the scratches" it will only "fill" the scratched areas with "something". There may or may not be an improvement! The idea of using the same product that a video store, or an electronics store uses is probably the best thing to do. Otherwise, the old "tride and true" is to get another DVD!

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    4 years ago

    Cd Resurfacing

  • 1 decade ago

    I bought a product made just for this,at a music store.There are three steps,and it takes about twenty minutes from the time you apply the paste to the time you spray the finish.It worked wonders on the DVDs I had.It cost about $15.00CAN,and there was enough to do twenty DVDs,Cd's.I cannot remember the name but there were a few companies to choose from.I hope this helped.

  • 1 decade ago

    I know some electronic stores sell a cd/dvd repair kit, but that's usually expensive and you never know if that stuff will work on all your scratches.

  • 1 decade ago

    download and record a new one since you have the original it is not illegal. or call the manufacturer and ask them if they could replace it usually for a minimal fee and you would have to send them your dvd, but if the dvd is less than 15 dollars you are probably going to spend very close to same amount if you just buy a new one. For scratch repair on a severely damaged disk well... it is non existent even if the data side is still intact to deeply resurface a dvd you would need to practically relayer it (More expensive than buying 10 dvds)

  • 5 years ago

    Do you have to use toothpaste AND water together. Tried to clean this movie of mine with toothpaste, spread it all over the dvd, rubbed it with my fnger and then let it sit for five minutes, rinsed it off with water and then dried it off with a hankie.........and i put it in there my movie still skips. What is my mistake?

  • 1 decade ago

    They have this machine at certain electronics locations that basically sands down some of the plastic on the disk and re-polishes it so that it can be used again. The cost for this is usually $1/disk. If you cannot find this there is another gadget that my hubby and I purchased that does the same thing...we purchased it from best buy...you plug it in place the disk in and it repolishes/fills in the surface. It cost about $14.95 but when you think about the cost of one CD we thought it was worth it. It worked pretty well on some of the lighter damage but we had one that had a huge crack in it and of course we just had to count it as a loss.

    Source(s): Best Buy
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