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How do I remove scratches from a gamecube disk? Answered

My Super Smash Bros. Melee gamecube disk has been scratched for a long time.Ive tried toothpaste,peanut butter and getting it resurfaced. What should I do?

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jaxboy (author)2010-10-09

I have polished many CDs and DVDs, and it's easy, though a little time consuming. I bought some Mother's Mag & Aluminum Polish at Walmart for about $3.50. It's enough to last for a lifetime. Use either a scrap of old t-shirt or even a facial tissue (the old t-shirt would probably add less of it's own scratches) folded down to about 1" square. Take a tiny amount of the polish on the polishing rag (or tissue) and begin to polish the playing surface in small, fairly tight circles all the way around the DVD or CD until the polish is about used up, but not completely dry. Then, with a clean piece of rag (or tissue), wipe off the residue. Depending on how scratched up it is, it may take you several applications.
If the CD or DVD is deeply scratched, you may need to use some 1000 grit or finer sandpaper, but if you do, first precondition the sandpaper by wetting it with water and rubbing it against itself for about 5 seconds to remove any large particles that may be on the sandpaper. If you do use the sandpaper, use it under water so it leaves finer scratches.
The data is laid down on a film under the label, so if there is a scratch through the label side (you can see light through it if you shine a light on the other side), the data film is destroyed, and you're out of luck. This doesn't always fix them but does 90% of the time. Good luck!

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Burf (author)2010-09-13

I had a couple of dvds of some old 8mm home movies that got scratched, so I took them to a local video rental store and asked if they could remove the scratches.
The clerk just popped them in a polishing machine behind the counter for a few seconds and handed them back to me, no charge.
I am a regular customer there, so they know me, but you can try, even if they charge a small fee for the service.

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lemonie (author)2010-09-13

I've used Brasso and also one of those Dremel-type-things.
Do the polishing inner to outer, not around the disc in circles.
(perversely, the last ones I did had been wrecked by one of those "disc-doctor" devices)


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Nostalgic Guy (author)2010-09-13

It's a shot in the dark but you could contact the manufacturer & see if there is a chance they would replace it.
I have done this a couple of times & as long as you are happy to send them the damaged disk sometimes they will do it for the sake of good customer relations.
It can't hurt to ask the worst they can do is say no.

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rickharris (author)2010-09-13
Sounds like you have tried all the acceptable solutions including professional help.

I can suggest anything more effective.

Polishing is something that takes time so further effort with a fine metal polish may yield dividends (or may not of course) depends on how you value your time and the cost of a replacement.

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