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Resufacing CDs, how to?
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Old 12th January 2020, 10:38 PM   #31
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Novus #2 plastic polish is the stuff. #1 is not a polish and #3 can make things worst. This is the first thing to go to to get cds to play.
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Old 12th January 2020, 11:16 PM   #32
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Resufacing CDs, how to?
Get free software called Exact Audio Copy (Wikipedia link) which uses extremely sophisticated error correction software and, if needed, multiple reads at multiple disc speeds. Extract the data from your scratched disc, error-free, to a brand new blank CD in pristine condition. Or to a music server, networked attached storage, etc.
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Old 12th January 2020, 11:31 PM   #33
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In the past I used brasso silver polish and after that toothpaste to remove scratches from discs. Make sure you do not damage the other side while doning it
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Old 13th January 2020, 03:39 AM   #34
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It's been my experience that Novus #2 plastic polish works better than Brasso and it is designed for plastic.
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Old 14th January 2020, 09:36 PM   #35
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In the past, I've resorted to flame polishing a CD to fix a scratch, using a small butane blowtorch. This was sometimes successful, but could also result in complete destruction. Just once, I paid a local video store to resurface a CD using a fancy machine; it just made it worse, so I bought a better copy on eBay.

Ripping CDs with EAC will reveal more damage than playing them directly does. But a good thing is that you may be able to repair damaged tracks using software like Cuetools.

Other things about ripping: optical drives vary in their abilty to read marginal discs. If you have a problematic CD or DVD, try every drive you can lay your hands on. And, CDs can suffer from "disc rot" even if the surface is pristine.

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