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    Salvage a CD?

    I need help salvaging a master CD. Someone placed a sticky label on the data side. Some of the label was removed, possibly scratching the data surface, but a lot of the label is still on the CD and needs to be removed, if possible. Anyone have ideas or experience with this?

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    Re: Salvage a CD?

    It really depends on what the label is made of. There is an aerosol product you can get which is called, funnily enough, "Label Remover" - although you may need to test it on some old CD first.
    Otherwise it is brilliant stuff. If you are in the UK I can give you a source for it. Otherwise, this pre-programmed Google search may give you some leads.

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    Re: Salvage a CD?

    Try soaking it in water to remove the paper and soften up the adhesive. It shoud be fairly easy to get it off ater that.

    I actually haven't tried it on a CD, but it works on plastic bottles and glass jars.
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    Re: Salvage a CD?

    I've seen it on TV, and also in the Toy and Game department at various department stores. The item's name though, I can't remember <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15>.

    Basically, you hold the device in one hand, insert the sratched (or in this case labelled) CD, and turn a hand crank. It then removes a thin layer of the CD and makes it readable again.

    I haven't tried it, but I've seen it demoed. You'd think I'd remember the name of such an item, after wanting one myself for a while (I have a cat, that SOMEHOW gets to my CDs...).
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    Re: Salvage a CD?

    Its called GameDoctor { CD&DVD Repair Device} I have used it and it workes great.

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    Re: Salvage a CD?

    Another use for WD-40. I don't think it'll affect the CD media, but it does a great job removing that stick-um. (I've heard it's great on sore joints, too!)

    Use window cleaner to remove the WD-40 oil before you use the CD again..

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    Re: Salvage a CD?

    Thanks to all who replied...what great suggestions. As is usually the case, the person who requested this of us miraculously found another CD with the same info! What I did learn, though, that the machine referred to is a Skip Doctor which will resurface and/or repair a damaged CD, which come in the hand crank and automatic types. We were instructed to use a clean cloth and lighter fluid to remove the sticky label stuff (all residue must be gone before using the Skip Doctor). And - when removing the gunk, work from the center outward, using a clean portion of the cloth with each swipe.

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    Re: Salvage a CD?

    I use a product called "GOO GONE" to clean adhesive residue off many things. Haven't tried it on a CD, but I bet it would work. I would use the Window cleaner to take the oily residue off after removing the glue goo. It's a citrus based product and I get it at my local hardware store.

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