Efficacy of skip/scratch removers

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Efficacy of skip/scratch removers

Postby BenSaylor » Mon Nov 10, 2008 10:03 am

Does anyone on here have any of those devices (don't know the exact names of them) that are supposed to remove scratches on DVDs? I've seen them in stores but have never talked to anyone who actually has one.
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Re: Efficacy of skip/scratch removers

Postby mkiker2089 » Mon Nov 10, 2008 12:07 pm

No personal experience but my brother swears by them. He had a disc in the middle of a Babylon 5 set that he somehow "ruined" and it plays now. I wish I had more details to give but I don't.

My understanding is that there are two types. One removes layers of plastic so scratches become shallower and shallow ones are removed. This works well but can only be done once and makes the disc more fragile to the data level. I guess it's like buffing a scratch off a car.

The other uses clear wax to fill in the scratch. I've tried this on cd's and had little success. To the naked eye the disc looked better but it didn't seem to play better. I've never had an unplayable cd though, or at least one my walkman with it's anti-skip can read through.

My local blockbuster used to use one regularly that was, I think, in the second category. It was a spin design that put wax on evenly. As them and maybe at a gamestop. Places like that probably have a lot of experience with damaged discs.
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Re: Efficacy of skip/scratch removers

Postby mavrach » Mon Nov 10, 2008 6:49 pm

I got one that didn't work. It pretty much ground a plastic wheel on the disc and warped it even further. That got returned.

A lot of local stores have them and charge like $2 for a repair. Unless you're descructive with your discs, you're better off giving them to somebody who has a decent unit (I don't want to pay $30ish to buy a machine to fix one disc). I just had a local video game store repair a game disc for me today and it looks great.
+1. this is very interesting.
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Re: Efficacy of skip/scratch removers

Postby molly1216 » Mon Nov 10, 2008 8:08 pm

i like the one at the store.
the guys at bull moose music do mine for free when i bring them a bad one.
it works fine.
it also lets them take trade ins that they would have normally rejected.
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Re: Efficacy of skip/scratch removers

Postby Steve T Power » Wed Nov 12, 2008 10:46 am

We've got one on hand at the shop as well. JFJ Disc Repair unit or some such. Works minor miracles - and cost a couple of grand.
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