Can you fix a badly scratched disc?
If the scratch is on the top, shiny part of the disc, the disc is not repairable and all the data is lost. If the scratch is on the bottom, plastic part of the disc, you may be able to repair the disc by resurfacing and polishing it. Today, some disc manufacturers are developing scratch-resistant discs.
As avid gamers, it can be a heartbreaking experience to try to play a game on our favourite console – only to find it won’t run due to a scratched Gamecube disc. However, don’t worry – there are still some methods for repairing discs and getting your games running again!
Method 1: Sandpaper and Toothpaste
- Sandpaper: Use a medium-grain sandpaper with medium pressure and gently rub the entire surface of the scratched disc.
- Toothpaste: Once the disc is clear of scratches, apply toothpaste to the scratched area and rub with a lint-free cloth. Allow the toothpaste to sit for 3-4 minutes and wipe off with the cloth.
Method 2: Polish and Grease-Removing Solutions
- Polish: Use a light polish, such as Formula 409 or a toothbrush, to gently rub the scratched area. Apply minimal pressure and work from the center out.
- Grease-Removing Solutions: Use a grease-removing solution such as Freon or alcohol and rub gently with a lint-free cloth in a circular motion. Allow the solution to sit for 3-4 minutes and buff off with the cloth.
Method 3: Wax and Clean Cloth
- Wax: Apply a wax, such as car wax, to the disc and rub vigorously with a dry and clean cloth.
- Clean Cloth: Polish the disc with a dry and clean cloth until the scratches are no longer visible.
These methods should help to repair minor scratches on your Gamecube discs, allowing you to continue enjoying your favourite games. If the disc is severely scratched, however – it may be time to invest in a new disc!