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What's the best way to clean a DVD?

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After having tried everything else, I could restore a DVD to a working state with Brasso metal polish.

You apply it in circles from the center of the DVD to the edges and let it rest for a few minutes. After a while remove with a soft cloth and most scratches should be gone. alt text

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Brasso? in circles? really? –  WernerCD Nov 1 '10 at 19:48
    
Yes. Maybe I'm not 100% clear with what I mean to express (please mind my english, it is not my mother tongue) This post might have a better explanation lifehacker.com/285973/remove-scratches-from-cds-and-dvds –  bruno077 Nov 2 '10 at 18:34

It may sound crazy, but you can clean and remove minor scratches with a banana. I've used this technique, and it does work.

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You can get special fluids for this and a whole host of items to do the job, but in reality a t-shirt has served me well for years :)

as a small aside, clean it inwards to outwards, not in circles as it would grind any debris in the directions of the tracks.

Dos and don'ts

... fixing scratches is anouther issue completely.

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Dip a soft cloth in Isopropyl Alcohol/Ethanol/Methanol and gently wipe the surface.Always wipe the disc surface in a non-radial back-and-forth motion (from the center hole to the outer edge).

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You say non-radial, but then you say to go from the center hole to the outer edge. What do you mean by this? –  Casebash Nov 1 '10 at 20:09
    
Wipe the disc in a back-and-forth motion, in a linear fashion.....don't wipe it in a circular manner. Hope u got it ! –  harryoxford Nov 2 '10 at 8:19

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