Just had an idea... Whenever discs are returned damaged, buy new ones and give the old ones to the returner for Christmas (Festivus, whatever)...
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I like the idea of making copies of CD’s and giving the copies to people who ask to borrow. I wish I had done that a few times. Obviously, some people care for things and some others do not — not even their own things. No one I know plays records anymore — they don’t even have a record player. So I don’t get requests to borrow those. But some still play CD’s. Fortunately, others’ tastes in music seldom match my own, so I get few requests there either.
When I come across a CD that is scratched, but not too severely, I have had success using a method I found on-line: white tooth paste. You want the plain white kind, not the paste with other colors or crystals. I wet the CD with water, apply a pea-sized glob of the paste and rub it in using my fingers, going over any places with obvious scratches. Then rinse off the paste with water, pat dry and play it to see if it still skips. Sometimes I need to go over it a second time. It doesn’t always work, but it usually has.
I have never had a CD scratched that couldn't be made playable again. Even when I was carrying one to the car in a jewel box that fell out of the box unbeknownst to me and I discovered it after driving over it with my car a few times with tires filled with the gunk of a Chicago Winter. Soap, water, dry, and yep, perfect sound forever.
I agree with the posters who point out that in the scheme of things, this is not a big deal. At least some one is fortunate enough to share your love of Music and likes your taste enough to borrow.
I did once loan a SACD to a friend who thought he was doing me a favor by returning it having cleaned it with some type of home brew he concocted...it left a maple syrup like residue on the disc. Again, soap and water got the job done, and hey, at least my friend now likes Mahers Fifth Symphony