Any way to fix an LP that skips?

I just finished listening to a 20 year old half-speed mastered version on Springsteen's 'Born To Run'. I'm working my way through my old LP collection as I get back into analog. I have a VPI 16.5 w/ Disc Doctor pads, and cleaned this very well. However, towards the end of Jungleland (one of my favorites) it skips pretty badly. Is there anything I can do with this? Is there any cure? Or is the damage done? Any help would be appreciated.

It really depends on why it skips. If there's a huge scratch, I don't know of any fixes. If there's a glob of foreign matter stuck in the groove, there are various LP cleaning solutions you could try like Gruv Glide and LAST Record Cleaner (available from If the record is warped (less likely in an inner groove, though), putting it under a flat weight in a warm environment for several weeks could help.
unfortunately in most of the cases it's a deal of tonearm/cartridge combo rather than trying to heal a damaged record.
Tape a quarter to the tonearm just above the cartridge.

Sorry, I couldn't resist. But it worked pretty well on the record player I had when I was in grade school. Otherwise I agree with jameswei.
Under a bright light examine the area where the skip is located (use a magnifying glass) If you see some sort of foreign matter on the record it can be removed using a wooden tooth pick. Wood is softer than vinyl. Just make sure you follow the groove and do not apply too much pressure. A doctor/LP collector friend of mine taught me about this in the early eighties and it works!

If you've got an old turntable and stylus that you don't care about, find out exactly where the skip is and then place the record onto the "antique" TT. Carefully place the stylus into the groove where the skip occurs. Then spin the record backwards. The stylus will literally "plow" through the vinyl and clear out the groove. Use your own judgement as to how much tracking force you have on the arm when doing this and how far backwards you should spin the disc. I have used this routine to "save" discs that were otherwise hopelessly damaged. The slight amount of noise that it might generate is better than loosing the entire song or disc because of a previous damage. Sean
I have actually had a lot of luck repairing the scratches with a pin, scribing the groove back into playable condition. BTW a nice, early, Columbia pressing is a lot warmer sounding, with more body than the CBS half-speed.
GruvGlide has worked very well for me & my audiot friends. I find the records also sound better, and nothing completely gets rid of the static like GruvGlide. They have a website under the manufacture listing on the home page.

Hope this helps. Happy Listening.
Oooh, I wouldn't use any audiophile liquid you have to apply to the record and leave on. I like the wooden toothpick trick best, feel nervous about the pin ( but I'm a nervous Nellie ) and would have to see the reverse play technique produce an undamaged fix that played back fine on my system, before I tried it myself. What's worked for me in the past has been a sprig of polystyrene (but that's harder than vinyl, so I was lucky) or multiple washes in a VPI.

If you record has no visible damage then it sounds like your arm cartridge need a geometry/setting check.

However, a reason I reply is because the local typical “audio intellectuals” have “kindly” advised you to use a records cleaners (like Gruv-Glide). I wonder why they did not advise you to cook it in microwave or to let your dog to chew it.. Be advised that Gruv-Glide (and the rest grease garbage) is VERY bad (and actually very dangers) “solution”. Stay away form this at all cost. From a different prospective… this is just the Springsteen's record…

Romy the Cat
Have you verified that your arm is properly balanced?

I had this same issue that disappeared after I rebalanced my arm.