Blu-ray discs are relatively resistant to damage, but with enough rough treatment, they can get scratched just like any other disc. The cost to replace a Blu-ray disc is much higher than it is to buy a new CD or DVD. Instead of buying a replacement, you may be able to repair the disc using basic household items. Rubbing and buffing the disc can eliminate or reduce many small scratches. In some cases, it is even possible to get rid of larger scratches.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Furniture polish
- Car polish
- Isopropyl alcohol 99%
- Super-fine abrasive paper (optional)
- Paper towels or soft cloth
Wipe the Blu-ray disc clean using a soft, lint-free cloth before starting any repair procedure. This removes the smudges and dust that may have accumulated on the surface of the disc.
Apply a bead of toothpaste down each side of the disc. Spread the toothpaste over the surface of the disc using your finger.
Rub the toothpaste into the disc using a soft cloth. Press firmly where the scratches are located.
Wash the disc off with water and dry it with a soft cloth or paper towel. Place the disc into a Blu-ray player to determine if the scratches have been repaired.
Apply furniture polish or car polish to the disc if toothpaste did not remove the scratches. Rub the polish into the disc using a soft cloth. Rub in straight lines from the centre of the disc to the outer edge. Clean the disc with isopropyl alcohol 99% and dry with a soft cloth or paper towel. Test the disc in the Blu-ray player.
Use superfine abrasive paper if the Blu-ray disc still will not work. Move the paper gently, in small circles, along the surface of the disc. Stop when the entire disc has a sanded-over appearance.
Apply the car or furniture polish and rub it in until the disc looks shiny. Clean off the polish and reapply another coat. Continue this process until the scratches are no longer visible. Clean the polish off using isopropyl alcohol.
Tips and warnings
- If you are unable to repair the Blu-ray disc on your own, take it to a video rental store or repair shop. These stores often have professional equipment designed to remove disc scratches. For a few dollars, they may attempt to fix your Blu-ray disc for you.
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