Tips for removing scratches from a CD using toothpaste include using paste toothpaste rather than gel toothpaste and rubbing the paste along the scratches with a cotton swab or soft cloth. Clean the surface of the scratched CD before attempting to remove scratches with the toothpaste method.
To remove scratches from a CD using toothpaste, first wash the CD with water and dry it with a soft, clean cloth. Place a small dab of toothpaste on the scratch and rub the paste into the scratch with your fingers. Rub outwards from the center of the CD to prevent any additional scratches from forming. To remove scratches with a cotton swab, apply the dab of toothpaste directly to the swab and rub the paste along the scratch. Use gentle circular motions that are similar to buffing a car. This causes the scratches to become faint or disappear. This process also creates fine surface scratches, but this does not hinder the function of the CD. When the scratch is noticeably reduced, wash the CD with water again and dry it. Toothpaste repair works for CDs because it sands down the scratch on the polycarbonate plastic layer. This fixes the problem because it prevents the laser beam from skipping as it tries to read the scratched CD.