I try very hard to take immaculate care of my DVD's. I have one that has major skipping problems. Upon examination, I've noticed no scratches but it has lots of fingerprints. What is the best method of removing these without doing further damage?
Find a soft lint free cloth, and either use it dry or slightly moistened. If there is grease on the disc, use Fantastik spray, quickly apply a water rinse, and use the cloth to pat dry. One of the few cloths I have found that does not scratch the surface is made by Fellowes (part # 99768).
Consumer Reports gave a mediocre review about DiskDr. I've used the paste on CDs with what looked like safe results in removing fine scratches - never tried it on a DVD.
I've taken dirty DVDs and rinsed them under water, wiped them in a circular motion all over with a lotion soap, thoroughly rinsed them off and then dried them with an old T-shirt or just held them by the edges and shaken off the water or patted them dry with a paper towel, and they look and play just fine, and the skipping stopped!
If there is grease on the disc, use Fantastik spray, quickly apply a water rinse, and use the cloth to pat dry.
I once cleaned some plastic lensed glasses with fantastic and the stuff put pits in the anti-scratch coating. (This was probably over a decade ago) Hopefully it's compatable with the type of plastic used in DVD discs though.
Glad there are lots of options. I treat my DVDs like my $650 progressive eyeglass lenses. First I wash my hands with mild dish-washing soap. Then while holding the DVD on the edges with my left hand I take my soapy fingers of my right hand and move in a radial fashion across the DVD from the middle to outside of the disk like spokes in a bicycle wheel. Go round and round until the smudges are off. Then I rinse it very well and blot dry with a very soft cloth like you use for your spectacles. Then dry the hole so it doesn't get wet when you tilt it. That works very well for me and seems very safe. Good luck.
I have had very good luck with a product called CD Playright to repair disks that have been scratched to the point they will not play. It's not one of those cheesy machines, but a compound that buffs the scratches out if applied correctly. It has saved a few previously viewed purchases!
I wash all used DVDs I buy with Ivory hand soap and warm water. It's plastic and hand soap is optimized for the removal of finger oils. I dry them radially with a soft cloth. It works perfectly fine, and I've never had any problems down the road.
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