Try to train them...again, or simply shoot them?

I would assume I am not the only one to have experienced this.  A friend, mate, relative or relatives friend damages a  lp or CD disk.

No matter how much I have tried, it is usually time not well spent.  I just got my CDs back from my son.  They were all fine and in "jewel" cases...some mofi.  Well they, son and girlfriend, decided to put them in a vinyl carrier.  The disks slide into a pocket and now most disks have scratches...which get worse taking them in and out of the "carrier"...and most have fingerprints/food on them.  

This is a high fidelity/stereo software concern I have had all my life.  Loaned some LPs to a friend, many "special" pressings...and yes, they came back damaged......don't you just love added ticks, pops and skips?

I have had a little success with the cd/sacd disks by giving them a bath...that will get rid of the food and fingerprints, but does nothing for the new groves across the playing surface.

Whomever said, "perfect sound forever" .....if they are not already dead, perhaps some kind of punishment, like listening to a David Lee Roth disk skip for a few years. 

Oh and, perhaps you have had luck, but trying to explain how to safely handle a LP or Disc is very much like trying to tell a politician how to be honest.


It wasn't the reason I did it, but I've just added this to the original list of reasons why I ripped my CD collection, put it into safe storage, and now only play from the files.  
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.
FWIW, The shiny side of a disc is quite robust. It's the label side that's fragile.
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 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