scratched CD's - does toothpaste really work?

ali-t Forumite Posts: 3,815 Forumite
Due to lots of rough handling in the car lots of my CD's are scratched. I have heard that rubbing them with toothpaste can get rid of the scratches or washing them with washing up liquid but has anyone tried either of these and had success? Or any other foolproof ways of fixing scratched disks?
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  • Tubbss
    Tubbss Forumite Posts: 444
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    edited 29 May 2010 at 11:07PM
    toothpaste has abrasive particles in it so will make things worse - dont use washing up liquid as it will leave a film on the surface and again, make things worse - you can buy a proper CD / DVD / game disc cleaning kit for about £10 - yoy spay the disc with a special liquid, put it in a manually operated spinner thingy that cleans the disc and after 15 secs the disc is clean and ready to go. I got one about 5 years ago and still use it as the kids get my DVD's and CD's pretty dirty / scratched. As long as the scratches are not too deep this will do the trick.

    I personally use this one! purchsed i think from Wilkinsons..
  • buglawton
    buglawton Forumite Posts: 9,235
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    T-Cut as used to buff scratched car paint does work. Always rub radially our from centre to the disk to the edge, do not rub around in a circle that follows the grooves. Polish the dry T-Cut off afterwards with a soft cloth.
  • Stompa
    Stompa Forumite Posts: 8,334
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    I've used Duraglit successfully in the past.
  • xxdeebeexx
    xxdeebeexx Forumite Posts: 1,964
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    I use an older version of skipDr and it does a brilliant job. The discs can look pretty ugly when you have finished but they work!

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