Picture of Effective CD Scratch Repair
CD's scratch so easily as you all know, and the average scratch repair method sucks. Toothpaste doesn't work on moderate to heavy scratches, and the things that can fix those are to abraisive to use at all.

While searching for something to polish up my brass paintball gun, I stumbled across the perfect compund to repair CD's.

Step 1: What you need!

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You will need

1 CD that is in desperate need of repair
1 roll of paper towel, and not necessarily the soft stuff
1 roll of reasonable soft and durable toilet paper
1 cloth do place the CD on as to not damage it, and soak up excess Brasso
1 Can of Brasso Metal Polish (MUST BE BRASSO)

Take a look at the intro picture to see what I used.

Brasso is a very unique polishing agent. It is just abrasive enough to remove mild to moderate scratches without being so abrasive that it will scuff the polycarbonate plastic..

One of it's listed uses on the back of the can is for polishing plastic watch crystals.
joenpb3 months ago

Thanks for the tips.I had a couple CDs that skipped and was about to throw them away if I couldn't find a way to make them play. First I tried cleaning them with dish washing liquid, no go. I didn't have any Brasso on hand, so I tried Nevr-Dull Magic Wadding (cotton wadding) Polish, which I know from my Navy days to work on similar surfaces. Low and behold it worked! The CDs played without skipping. I never would have thought of that without your write up, thanks again.

Looking at the CDs surface under a bright light, I see a lot of light scratches,
but any adhesive appears to been removed. deeper scratches minimized.

I just held the CD in my hand, thumb on outer edge, fingers in middle hole. I tore a small piece of cotton wadding and worked around the CD in small circles a few times. Then rubbed straight dish washing liquid all
around the disk with my fingers. Rinsed the CD off with water in the
sink while removing soap reside with my thumb. Then dried it with an old
cotton T-shirt. Good luck!


hotshot712 years ago
U think it will work on a video game that got scratched when my Xbox fell down. It's a perfect circle scratch
dataphool8 years ago
Interesting. Will Silvo work as well as Brasso? If you are not familiar with it, it is a silver polish by the same manufacturer as Brasso.
toilofday (author)  dataphool4 years ago
none of this will work anymore. They changed the compound. It's a paste and its to course. Silvo will not work. Its not really a compound. It's more a chemical paste. It works on a reaction.
rizdek4 years ago
Whatever method you choose, I strongly recommend testing it on a CD or DVD that is no longer of value.
CB20015 years ago
 I know this was posted back in 2007, but I heard that sometime after this, the company that makes Brasso changed the formula so that it couldn't be used in this manner again.  Can anyone tell me if Brasso is still useful in this manner or if it's no longer useful?
yeah i have recognized htis because the new one is a paste and the old one is liquid.
toilofday (author)  CB20015 years ago
 I just bought some of the new stuff, and it destroyed a CD.  I highly doubt this method is effective anymore.  If you can find it in a metal tin, your all good.
guag915 years ago
toilofday i have a deep chip in my game disk. i was wondering if i could post a picture of it online for you to look at and tell me if it can even be fixed. i have tried, furniture polish, toothpaste, light bulb, um... idk what else its a really deep chip and im not sure if it can even be fixed. thanks 
vluray5 years ago
Good job!
Glad to see another cd scratch recovery tutorial, I have recovered many compact disks from moderate scratches with just toothpaste but if they are too deep then this might work. I thought about making one on here but there seems to be enough instead i will just link to my tutorial www.vluray.com

liMePod7 years ago
would this work on a scratched mp3 player screen (creative ZEN)?
NO! I ruined the screen on my phone trying this. It made the scratches look bigger, which really sucked.
Sorry to hear that. I would recommend using a Dremel with the buffer wheel and the polishing compound. It really does work well and I have used this to remove scratches on my Spectacles. Good luck. Maybe you could borrow one if you do not have one.
I just tried this on my new 360 game that i managed to scratch pretty badly, however thanks to your guide was able to fix it. thank you
toilofday (author) 8 years ago
LOL, No I did not see that other instructable. My aproach is a little differnt with the Brasso aplication and method, so I think i'll keep it. This is also my first instructable! :) About Silvo: Yes it should work. I've haven't ran across it yet, but I do know it's much less abrasive and could be used as a finishing polisher to remove the swirl marks left by the Brasso. It is definately on my list of things to buy.
toilofday (author)  toilofday7 years ago
Silvo does not work. It's operates off a chemical reaction, not by using an abrasive.
murkin34327 years ago
hey i tried it on a xbox 360 game and it worked for a couple of levels but not to where I wanted it to, and its brasso but in a bottol
toilofday (author)  murkin34327 years ago
I'm assuming your disk was very scratched. Deep scratches are hard to get out and even after some minor polishing can still affect your game play (in this case). It's possible that you need to continue polishing until you've worn down the polycarbonate enough to have worn down any deep scratches. Then begin using a progressively lighter application of pressure in a few final passes to reduce swirling and scratches inflicted by the grit in brasso. Another method which has work faster but has a higher risk of damaging the disk is to use a harsher compound, such as automotive polishing compound, in order to get below the scratches faster. Brasso can take a considerable amount of time. It's very gentile. Once you've gotten below the scratches with a harsher compound, use the brasso to smooth it out. The only problem I've had with this second method is creating a valley in the plastic which sends the laser off course. This can be corrected by carefully creating a more gradual slope with the harsher compounds over working on just a small area. I usualy polish at least 1/2 a disk tapering outward in both directions from the scratch. Polishing is art. It's very similar to sharpening knives.
talentboy957 years ago
Mr.Roboto7 years ago
I'm wondering where Brasso is sold.
Sorry, but all of the ones that I saw was for $20.00-$99.00, and I think it is not worth it to spend that much to repair a CD and/or game disc.
toilofday (author)  Mr.Roboto7 years ago
I picked up my tin for roughly 7 bucks. Check a home depot, lowes, or Ace hardware.
Thanks, i forgot abouth those places because i just used the internet to find it.
i got brasso from walmart for like 3 bucks
ryan2898 years ago
tarn-x wont work??
toilofday (author)  ryan2898 years ago
I'm realy not sure. It depends on the grit and the chemical composition. It may not be suitable for plastics and polymers. Brasso is pretty fantastic and very inexepnsive. I'd just pick up a container of it and be safe. Plus this way you get a chance to run out to the hardware store. That's always a fun adventure. :P Just make sure you bring some other instructables with you so you can stock up on a supplies.
lemonie8 years ago