Try, Try Again–A Tale of A Scratched Disc

This morning was supposed to be all about Etsy and apples (more on that next week).  But as anyone with kids knows, things rarely go how they are ‘supposed’ to when you have a 4 year old and a 1 year old running around.  Today’s sidetracking obstacle came in the form of a GameCube game.  A game my 4 year old, Asa, has grown to love to play on our Wii.  A game my 4 year old has grossly scratched up, a game that would cost about $90 to replace because its out of production.  Now Asa has been talking about this game for sometime—how much fun it is, how much he misses it, how much he wishes he could get a new one.  Then this morning he looked up at me with his big, brown puppy dog eyes and said, ‘I want to play Melee’.  Now, you know I couldn’t just ignore that and log onto Etsy.  Not this pushover mommy.  So I set upon a mission to fix those scratches.

I have been trying to fix those darn scratches for the better part of a year now.  I have tried prayer, hand soap, toothpaste, peanut butter…heck, I would have pricked my finger and squeezed my own blood out if I knew it would work.  Alas, none of it did.  But with the wealth of knowledge on the internet at my finger tips, I was sure that I could find something that did.

First, I happened across this YouTube video that uses a mixture toothpaste, peanut butter, diet soda and baking soda.  Asa especially liked the part where the guy says, “Now you have time to enjoy the rest of your delicious soda.” while you had to wait for the mixture to do its magic.  Asa kept saying, “Now I will enjoy my delicious soda”.  I know, I know, video games, diet soda?  Why not just hand him a cigarette and complete the trifecta for Mother of The Year?  Although this mixture left our disc smelling yummy, it did nothing for the scratches.  In fact, the liquid seeped into the inner plastic ring a little bit.  I don’t think any damage was done, but it looks gross.

Next, I found another YouTube video that suggested using a pencil eraser.  But there were so many readers’ warnings along with the poster’s own warning that it would ruin the disc, that I wasn’t brave enough to try it.

Then, I happened across a web page that suggested Vaseline.  Which lead to a page that suggested Brasso brass cleaner.  I also headed over to Amazon to see what kind of products they had for this predicament.  The one that most interested me was this Scratch Repair Kit.

After all of the this, I found this YouTube video that just uses a Q-tip and water.  It actually works the best out of everything I’ve tried.  The disc still skips once in a while, but it works so much than it did before.

In the end, I learned the ins and out of discs.  This may be old news to you, but it totally enlightened me.  Discs have a somewhat thick plastic protective coating over the important information.  So when your disc gets scratched, it is just the plastic that is scratched.  The groove causes the reader to skip/freeze, but it has not caused any permanent damage unless it has gone all the way through the plastic (ie:really deep gouge).  So what you need to do is actually buff a thin layer of the plastic off to erase the scratches and make the the disc like new.  Since the original plastic finish was done professionally, your handiwork is not going to be as clean or well protected.  So next you need to clean and seal the new surface.  I think that I am going to buy the repair kit just because I don’t like the guess work with the household stuff and I don’t want to buff too much.  Here is a run down of what household stuff does what:

Buffers:

  • Toothpaste
  • Soda/Seltzer Water
  • Baking Soda
  • Q-tip
  • Brasso

Sealers/Fillers:

  • Vaseline
  • Peanut butter
  • Hand soap
  • Windex
  • Car wax

After the Q-tip experiment got the disc up and running, Asa looked at me and said, “You’re the best mommy ever!”  Which, as any mom knows, made the whole morning totally worth it.

 

 

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