Yesterday, we noted that Vaseline and toothpaste were useful when trying to rescure a scratched CD, DVD or other optical disc. Reader Robert offers a less obvious but possibly more helpful suggestion: Brasso.
Picture by auntiep
Brasso (yes the trophies cleaning stuff) also works a bit better than toothpaste and is preferred for highly scratched discs. I’ve used it successfully to save a few of my kids Wii games.
Remember to work from the inside edge to the outside edge of the disc and not around in a circular as you will make the disc worse.
Also remember to lay the disk on a soft flat surface, such as a towel on a kitchen table, and not try to work the scratches out while holding the disc (I’ve snapped a disc in half from applying too much pressure rubbing while holding the disc by its edges with my fingers).