How to repair scratched DVDs

I did this as an experiment and it worked!

  1. First I use an optical cloth (purchased for $3-5 at a glasses store like Pearle Vision) and the optical cleaning spray. I spray the DVD with a light mist, and then use the soft optical cloth to clean off the DVD surface. You should pull it away from the center toward the outer edge of the DVD. This will reduce any further damage. Pull in a straight line, never go around in a circle to clean the DVD. Once dry, try to see if the DVD works now. If it doesn’t, move onto step 2.
  2. Once clean I take some regular toothpaste (YES! Toothpaste!). You’re using this as a polish. I put some toothpaste on my finger and rub it on the scratched surface area. I usually end up covering about 1/5 of the DVD surface. Then I let it dry.
  3. Once the toothpaste is dry, take the optical cloth and wipe the toothpaste in a circular motion. Repeat this with clean parts of the cloth until you can no longer see the toothpaste. Then I take the cloth and pull from the center of the disc to the outer edge in a straight line similar to step 1.

Once dry and buffed give it a shot. This has worked 75% of the time for me. If this does not work you can start over… clean the DVD again and use a few drops of Brasso polish instead of tooth paste. Let it dry, then rub it off with the clean optical cloth.

Here’s another method to try: