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Do DVD and CD scratch removers really work?

Discussion in 'DVD' started by Beau B, Feb 13, 2003.

  1. Beau B

    Beau B Stunt Coordinator

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    Hello to all, I had a question about those scrach removers.

    Do they work? What kind to get?

    I got some pre viewed DVD's and some had markes on them I wanted to take care off.

    Thanks

    Beau
     
  2. Adam_WM

    Adam_WM Screenwriter

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    I can't imagine that they do. I have seen some CDs that have been fixed and they look UGLY!!!!!!!!!!!! Let alone what a fragile DVD might end up like!
     
  3. Dan Rudolph

    Dan Rudolph Producer

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    they do to a point. Not nearly as well as pro polishers, of course. I'd say something that rotates the disc. None of this crap where you apply everythign flat then buff it with a cloth.
     
  4. Neil Joseph

    Neil Joseph Lead Actor

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    I had a Video Essentials DVD with a severse scratch/gouge that would lock up whenever you do an audio calibration (the one area of the disk I use the most [​IMG]) The scratch kit fixed the DVD, it basically traded one bad scratch/gouge for millions of tiny scratches. It may not look pretty but it did work.
     
  5. Scott Kimball

    Scott Kimball Screenwriter

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    They can work, but use them only as a last resort. If the disc you have is scratched, but still plays okay, leave it alone.

    -Scott
     
  6. David Lambert

    David Lambert Executive Producer

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    Hey, I have a scratched DVD-18 that works okay in my cheap-ass Mintek player, but gives "no disc" errors in my main system, the Panasonic hooked up to the Widescreen TV.

    Do you guys think I ought to try this process on it?
     
  7. Brian Ralph

    Brian Ralph Stunt Coordinator

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    I have one of the Disk Dr. units and it worked very well. You spray it on the disk, then rotate the disk and it buffs the disk for you. Then use the drying cloth, and you're all set.

    I had a Snatch Superbit and a Frailty that had scratches and wouldn't play past a certain point. Used the Disk Dr. and they both now play flawlessly.
     
  8. Paul Arnette

    Paul Arnette Cinematographer

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    I seem to remember reading somewhere that these CD/DVD scratch remover kits actually removed a layer of the medium's coating thereby effectively reducing the discs life-span.

    Anyone else here something similar, or am I just imagining things.
     
  9. BobAZ

    BobAZ Stunt Coordinator

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  10. Dan Rudolph

    Dan Rudolph Producer

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  11. Dome Vongvises

    Dome Vongvises Lead Actor

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    I use a DVD scratch remover, and it works fine. However, there are certain disks in which it simply won't work.
     
  12. Lee_eel

    Lee_eel Second Unit

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    In my experience badly scratched discs cannot be rescued.
     
  13. Dave F

    Dave F Cinematographer

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    http://www.cdplayright.com

    Grab the playright trio for a protecter, polish & finish. I've had only one disc that couldn't be repaired, and that one was majorly fubar. I've even repaired a disc or two that had pretty deep gouges. I consider it a necessity - it comes in handy for all those "floaters". Especially the one disc that is inevitably floating around in a seven disc package.

    It's not a fast process. I'd rather take my time and do it right, so I just watch a show while repairing a disc.

    For $30, all it takes to make it worthwhile is to repair 2 cheap discs or 1 hard-to-find disc.

    Warning - don't spray the protector while holding the disc above a hardwood floor. I did this to about 10 discs, and my floor was so slippery that I damn near took a fall. And it stayed slippery for about 2 weeks. [​IMG]

    -Dave
     
  14. Dave F

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    BTW: The protector (Quick Shield) is great if you are loaning a disc to someone. It reduces the chances of damage to the disc. I apply it to every disc that enters my collection, and it gets another application if it's being loaned out.

    -Dave
     
  15. carl_b_byrne

    carl_b_byrne Agent

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    Would any of these products work for audio dropout on dvd if its due to a minor flaw? [​IMG]
     
  16. Kenneth Cummings

    Kenneth Cummings Supporting Actor

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    I wonder if I should buy a cleaner to fix this Playstation disc. Breath of Fire IV was bought used, but has many scraches on it and will freeze up whenever a spell is used (which is common sadly).
     
  17. Scott L

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    I went the Game Dr. route when one of my games got scratched and wasn't working correctly. I followed the directions exactly how they said and didn't overdo it or anything but it actually made the game WORSE, and yea it looked like crap as well.

    I took it to my local used CD seller/trader shop and they offer the professional scratch remover service for $3 per disc. Not only did the game work perfectly but the reflective side looked just as good (or better) than new, and this was after I slaughtered it with the Game Dr. Look for a game/music trader shop in your area. Funcoland offers this service, maybe EB does too..
     
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    yes. but as with anything, 100% success isn't guaranteed.
     
  19. Francois Caron

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    I use my Dremel rotary tool and a couple of felt discs to remove the scratches from my DVDs. I'm still trying to find the best polishing compound out there (toothpaste has too much grit, vaseline is a bit too slippery but does prevent the formation of deep gouges), but I haven't quite found the stuff that would leave behind a decent mirror finish. At least my discs are playable now.
     
  20. JamesHl

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    >> I use my Dremel rotary tool and a couple of felt discs to remove the scratches from my DVDs.

    Man, I thought I was being original when I thought of this! I fixed my Gran Turismo 3 that mysteriously scratched itself while inside my ps2 this way.
     

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