Water damaged CDs

August 4, 2010 at 12:02:11
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I have a wallet of music CDs inside my car which was flooded a couple of weeks ago. When I try to play the CDs, it skips like crazy. The label side paint fell off a bit, in some places the CDs become see-through. I wonder if it is because it has lost the reflective layer or something. Does any one know if I could get some kind of paint to paint over the label side to replace the reflective layer so the CDs might still be able to play? Thanks!

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#1
August 4, 2010 at 12:05:03

I have never heard of plain water damaging CD's. You must of dipped them in paint thinner, or other solvent.

The underside is made of plastic, can take some scratches and will still play. However, the top side has a thin layer of aluminum which is the data part, with a painted on coating to protect it from damage. If this top layer gets damaged (as you said "become see-through") then the CD is dead.

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#2
August 4, 2010 at 12:07:58

There is a lot of crap in flood water besides water. Oil from the streets, fertilizer, insecticides.

I'm afraid your CD's are toast. (Which may also have been in the flood waters.)

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#3
August 4, 2010 at 12:24:03

That's why i like dvd more than cd.

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#4
August 4, 2010 at 12:46:06

The paint side is the side you really need. If you can see though it they as above noted are toast.

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#5
August 4, 2010 at 14:48:57

kuwese

DVD disks are made pretty similar to CD media. The major difference in the two types is the laser wavelength for DVD media is shorter, allowing for smaller, closer pits. That equates to more data per disk.


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#6
August 4, 2010 at 15:10:05

Othehill
the data part is protected (dvd)

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#7
August 5, 2010 at 08:08:46

the data part is protected (dvd)

Since when? As far as I've seen, and as OTH said, they are just like CD's. I've killed 1 or 2 DVD's by accident myself :(

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