Cleaning Laser Disc Surface

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Hello,

I recently purchased a DTS Laser Disc of THE QUEST (on eBay) and I
noticed some residue of some sort on the disc, I couldn't get it off
with water. It does affect playing the movie, with some horizontal
blurry lines toward the bottom of the screen and bigtime audio
distorting and audio breakups. Side 2 plays fine, as there is no
marks
Is there anything that I can use on the disc surface to clean that off
(if it will come off, hopefully it isn't something that has eaten away
at the surface.)
I don't want to use something to clean it that might damage it any
further. Any recommendations?


Thanks in advance for any input,
Ed

nighthawk68 AT chartermi DOT NET
 
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There are many cleaners made for plastics, some here may have good
experience with different ones. Just clean with strokes from the middle
out. Circular scratches can kill LD's and CD's so do not rub in circles.

Kurtis

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> Hello,
>
> I recently purchased a DTS Laser Disc of THE QUEST (on eBay) and I
> noticed some residue of some sort on the disc, I couldn't get it off
> with water. It does affect playing the movie, with some horizontal
> blurry lines toward the bottom of the screen and bigtime audio
> distorting and audio breakups. Side 2 plays fine, as there is no
> marks
> Is there anything that I can use on the disc surface to clean that off
> (if it will come off, hopefully it isn't something that has eaten away
> at the surface.)
> I don't want to use something to clean it that might damage it any
> further. Any recommendations?
>
>
> Thanks in advance for any input,
> Ed
>
> nighthawk68 AT chartermi DOT NET
 
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> Nitehawk^ <none@nowhere.gov> wrote:

> ... I noticed some residue of some sort on the disc, ...

See: <http://www.access-one.com/rjn/laser/laserdisc.html#Care>

> I couldn't get it off with water.

Be careful with water around LDs. PMMA is hygroscopic,
entirely apart from the risk that the edges might not
be well sealed.

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On Sun, 20 Feb 2005 22:07:21 -0500, Kurtis Bahr <kbahr@comcast.net> wrote:
>There are many cleaners made for plastics, some here may have good
>experience with different ones. Just clean with strokes from the middle
>out. Circular scratches can kill LD's and CD's so do not rub in circles.

If you don't use sandpaper or steel wool then you really don't have to
worry. I just use glass cleaner to get rid of fingerprints, and
warm soapy water for anything worse. Paint polish can be used to remove
scratches.
 
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When I clean my LDs, CDs, or DVDs, I just use regular old Windex. Nothing
is better. Spray the surface of the disc lightly, let it sit for about 30
seconds and wipe it off gently with a washcloth or towel. It makes it look
like a brand new disc.

-Mike
 
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For fingerprints, I just use my breath on the disc, like you would on
your eyeglasses, and then quickly wipe with a soft lens cleaning cloth.
No scratches.
For dirt or debris, I use a soft damp cloth, not soaking wet. Then a
dry lint free cloth to quickly dry the disc.
For actual glue that stuck to the disc and is rock hard, I use a
plastic polish.
CD cleaners are no good because of the acetone which is harmful to
laserdiscs.
 
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Hi
Used to use armour all but it was a pig to clean off
Now use Novus1 I got from a pinball machine renovator in the UK
Smiffy
 
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I've never had to clean any of my optical media all the way back to 1984with
anything more than a soft cloth to remove dust and minor fingerprints.
Rentals sometimes require a little water. This begs the question, if its
your media, how are they getting dirty in the first place?

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> When I clean my LDs, CDs, or DVDs, I just use regular old Windex. Nothing
> is better. Spray the surface of the disc lightly, let it sit for about 30
> seconds and wipe it off gently with a washcloth or towel. It makes it look
> like a brand new disc.
>
> -Mike
>
 
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>I've never had to clean any of my optical media all
>the way back to 1984with anything more than a soft
>cloth to remove dust and minor fingerprints.
>Rentals sometimes require a little water. This
>begs the question, if its your media, how are they
>getting dirty in the first place?

I take great care of my discs, and rarely even get a fingerprint smudge on
them. But they usually come to me used, and occasionally are a little
dirty.

-Mike
 

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"TCS" <The-Central-Scrutinizer@p.o.b.o.x.com> wrote in message
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> On Sun, 20 Feb 2005 22:07:21 -0500, Kurtis Bahr <kbahr@comcast.net> wrote:
>>There are many cleaners made for plastics, some here may have good
>>experience with different ones. Just clean with strokes from the middle
>>out. Circular scratches can kill LD's and CD's so do not rub in circles.
>
> If you don't use sandpaper or steel wool then you really don't have to
> worry. I just use glass cleaner to get rid of fingerprints, and
> warm soapy water for anything worse. Paint polish can be used to remove
> scratches.
>

What you have to make sure of is that the material you are using does not
make any scratches of its own ... it's not just the cleaning liquid/agent
that can damage the disc. Personally, I've found that soft tissues (and
even some toilet paper, hehe) does wonders as long as you combine it with
luke warm running water - this will at least help to remove any major dirt
or fingerprints - again, you have to make sure that you don't press too hard
because even water-logged tissue paper can scratch the disc's surface.

As far as dedicated disc cleaning products are concerned, I can't help you
on this since I've had more trouble with these so-called ones than when I've
relied on less "abrasive" methods like the one I described above. Suffice
to say that it's best to test your "skills" on a disc that isn't so
important just so you know how much pressure to apply etc and observe what
other marks you may leave behind in the process.

Hope this helps.
 
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On Thu, 24 Feb 2005 02:14:13 +1030, Rick <deNOBULLlorean@veridas.net> wrote:

>"TCS" <The-Central-Scrutinizer@p.o.b.o.x.com> wrote in message
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>> On Sun, 20 Feb 2005 22:07:21 -0500, Kurtis Bahr <kbahr@comcast.net> wrote:
>>>There are many cleaners made for plastics, some here may have good
>>>experience with different ones. Just clean with strokes from the middle
>>>out. Circular scratches can kill LD's and CD's so do not rub in circles.
>>
>> If you don't use sandpaper or steel wool then you really don't have to
>> worry. I just use glass cleaner to get rid of fingerprints, and
>> warm soapy water for anything worse. Paint polish can be used to remove
>> scratches.
>>

>What you have to make sure of is that the material you are using does not
>make any scratches of its own ... it's not just the cleaning liquid/agent
>that can damage the disc. Personally, I've found that soft tissues (and
>even some toilet paper, hehe) does wonders as long as you combine it with
>luke warm running water - this will at least help to remove any major dirt
>or fingerprints - again, you have to make sure that you don't press too hard
>because even water-logged tissue paper can scratch the disc's surface.

True. Don't use any kind of artificial fiber! cotton/polyester as found
in many t-shirts will scratch CDs but I've never found even that to bother
LDs. Best to use a pure cotton towel.



>As far as dedicated disc cleaning products are concerned, I can't help you
>on this since I've had more trouble with these so-called ones than when I've
>relied on less "abrasive" methods like the one I described above. Suffice
>to say that it's best to test your "skills" on a disc that isn't so
>important just so you know how much pressure to apply etc and observe what
>other marks you may leave behind in the process.

>Hope this helps.
 
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