Repair Scratched Discs With Peanut Butter

Repair Scratched Discs With Peanut Butter

Culinary blog Chow says that all you need to do is rub a little bit of peanut butter into the surface of the disc gently, let it sit for a minute, and then remove it with a soft cloth or tissue. Your mileage will vary, but it should at least reduce the odds of the DVD skipping while you watch.

So why peanut butter? Apparently, the oils in it can temporarily smooth out the disc’s surface. Just make sure you’re using smooth peanut butter and not the crunchy version! If you don’t have peanut butter on hand, you can also try to remove the surface scratches with furniture polish, toothpaste or Vaseline.

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  • I don’t know if this is supposed ot be serious advice or a joke. So…

    These “scratch repair” tips seem to consist entirely of “take X household paste/paste-like substance, smear it over your disc and voilà! It’s fixed!”

    If the disc is physically damaged, that is, if the surface of the disc is scratched, it means that part of the disc’s surface is gone. Like when you scratch paint. You can’t rub something on it and make it magically come back.

    Plus, that video shows the person rubbing the butter on in a circluar motion. You should never rub anything on a disc in a circular motion. If you are wiping dust off of a disc you should always wipe from the centre to the side.

    • The surface of a CD/DVD/BR is not what is actually read from, the read surface is the metallic layer that is on the opposite side (and in the case of bluray actually sandwitched in the midde) of the layer of clear plastic.
      Scratches on this plastic surface can be polished out and a certain percentage of the polymer can be lost before the lens will not focus correctly on the reflective layer, video shops often have polishing machines that will take out all but the deepest scratches.

      Another thing, the cirular motions being used are the WORST possible thing you can do. Radial scratches are the most likely to result in read errors as they take out the error recovery data along with the data itself. Optical media is fairly resiliant to scratches that run across the disk rather than around it.

      • The problem, of course, is that if the scratch is bad enough to create read-errors it probably means there isn’t going to be a way to polish off enough of the disc’s surface to remove it without further damaging the disc.

        Keep your discs in covers. Never lend them to anyone (let’s face it, no one looks after you discs as well as you will) and always duplicate important data.

  • No way would I do this. Once that disc spins up it’s going to be spraying stuff all though your drive. Great way to get a smelly pc, once that attracts insects, and eventually stuff your drive completely.

      • Wow. You really think you can wipe it all off??

        Even if they’re completely invisible to your eye, there’s still oils on your disc. That’s how this method work (like it says). A disc drive will spin the disc at high speed, spraying organic stuff through your drive. Which has a lens and a laser inside. Neither of which will be enhanced by a thin layer of peanut oil. Which will then decompose. Slowly. Encouraging insects, mould, fungus, whatever.

        Anyway, feel free to try this method. I wish you luck with it. I would never EVER do it.

  • They’re rubbing in a circular direction because that is the best way to polish something up/out.
    When your polishing metal, you go in circles to make it look the best. Not back and forth or anything else.
    Toothpaste works better I find, it has the tiny polishing particles that would usually be working on your teeth. Polishes the scratches up quite nicely!

    And @Rowan, of course you’re going to wash all the stuff off first before you put it in your drive…..

  • And if its your loved cd dvd or blueRay then pay a five at ur local video rental store to have them polish and re-surface it again. It’ll come out as good or even better than new

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