CD skip repairing... One possible solution

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Dave, Dec 6, 2018.

  1. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialistâ„¢ Thread Starter

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    A CD in my collection had a millisecond drop-out in one spot. The label side Silver had been breached by a scratch and you could see daylight through it. I tried several methods, the toothpaste, the wax filler etc., to repair it because it wasn't inexpensive to replace. After some trial and error and long hard thinking I thought "I'll try some Black felt pen on the label side just to see if I can correct the millisecond skip. I can always remove it if it doesn't work." Well son-of-a gun it actually worked! Not cosmetically ideal and won't win any beauty pageants, but still worth it to me just to hear it properly. So if you have one with this condition don't hesitate to give this a try before tossing it in the trash.
     
  2. arisinwind

    arisinwind Forum Resident

    Clever!
     
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  3. Strat-Mangler

    Strat-Mangler Forum Resident

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    Interesting. Thanks for posting this tip, Dave! :)
     
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  4. All Rights

    All Rights Forum Resident

    What would happen if you used a Green Marker?:whistle::D
     
  5. Vinny123

    Vinny123 Forum Resident

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    A few years ago I read about a guy who taped a small piece of aluminum foil to the label side to the same effect.
     
  6. Fishoutofwater

    Fishoutofwater Forum Resident

    Great news, but how on earth can someone "scratch"cds? I have well over 1000 cds and not one of them have an issue. I wish i could say the same for any of my second hand LPs :shake:
     
  7. scott palmiter

    scott palmiter Forum Resident

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    not necessarily scratched, sometimes the paint side fails.......
     
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  8. fogalu

    fogalu Forum Resident

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    I often wonder the about the same thing. Also I can't understand people complaining about "fragile" jewel boxes. I have a couple of thousand and I've never damaged one - not even a digipak.
    But then again, I'm an amazing person. :D
     
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  9. F1nut

    F1nut Forum Resident

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    Unfortunately, there are many among us of the bull in the china shop variety.
     
  10. L.P.

    L.P. Forum Resident

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    And I never broke a Ming vase in my life, but I can imagine how it can happen. But then again, I have a lot of imagination.
     
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  11. Strat-Mangler

    Strat-Mangler Forum Resident

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    And humble, too! :D
     
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  12. fogalu

    fogalu Forum Resident

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    I may have exaggerated a bit. I did drop a jewel case on October 2nd, 1993 around 9.17 pm.
    But that's it. :p
     
  13. L.P.

    L.P. Forum Resident

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    In your defence, there was a heavy earthquake in India about that time.
     
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  14. scoutbb

    scoutbb Forum Resident

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    Might be a stupid question but, when you say "black felt pen", do you mean a Sharpie?
    And do you just fill in the scratch, or the scratch and the area around it?
     
  15. harby

    harby Forum Resident

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    A fix that might get more bits back is to rub gold leaf into the crack with a soft applicator. The impression of the bits might still be there if the scratch only had exposed the aluminum, allowing it to flake away, and not penetrated to the data layer. Something like silver paint is less likely to work, as it is basically glitter in paint.

    The different bit depths simply reflect the laser to a different spot, so anything that restores reflectivity could work. The black marker probably works in the same way that a black car can look quite mirror-like.
     
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  16. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Handy tip at Christmas !!!!:edthumbs:
     
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  17. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialistâ„¢ Thread Starter

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    :agree: Exactly! I just drew a line over the scratch.
     
  18. Converse

    Converse Active Member

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    As long as light can't pass through the disc anything can be used on the top side of a CD to block it.
     
  19. Duke Fame

    Duke Fame Forum Resident

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    I don't have any major damage on CD's that I'm the original owner of, but there are many that have some light scratches that were a result of being played in various car stereos over the years. The iPod era has eliminated that for me now, but we're talking a good 20 years of car stereo playing for a good chunk of my collection. If you've never played your CD's in a car stereo, then there's a good chance your discs are totally mint. Over the years mine were played in factory systems, aftermarket single disc players and aftermarket trunk mounted cartridge cd changers. That's a lot of exposure to mechanical handling of the disc.
     
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  20. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialistâ„¢ Thread Starter

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    Should the situation ever present itself again I may give this a try or if anyone else does they can hopefully let us know here in this thread if it does work.
     
  21. Fishoutofwater

    Fishoutofwater Forum Resident

    You confirm what i have been telling my wife for years. Keep quality cds away from car stereos. The only ones we use in the car are cds that i have changed because i didnt like the mastering etc. I also buy cds just for the car that are cheap and second hand. :wave:
     
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  22. rodentdog

    rodentdog Forum Resident

    I just burn cds for the wife's car.
     
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  23. Tullman

    Tullman I prefer analog

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    Or...sometimes I get to drinking and handling cd cases.
     
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  24. F1nut

    F1nut Forum Resident

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    Ah well, yes there is that.
     
  25. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Lift lock ( cough).
     

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