How to Fix Deep Scratches on PS2 Games

By Randall Shatto

Updated September 22, 2017

Items you will need

  • Two baby washcloths

  • Liquid soap

  • Toothpaste

PS2 gaming disc.
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When you abuse a PS2 game disc, it will get scratched and the PS2 disc drive cannot read scratched games well.

Moisten a baby washcloth or another type of soft material. Add a pea-size amount of liquid soap, such as dish or hand soap. Rub the cloth together to form suds.

Wipe the disc. Start from the inside and wash toward the outside of the disc. Complete this for the entire PS2 disc. Do not clean in a circle around the disc because that will cause dirt to become stuck in the groves as well as add to the scratches.

Use the second baby washcloth to dry the disk completely. Again, dry from the inside of the disc to the outside. Remember not to wipe the disc around in a circle.

Take the PS2 game to a video game store. Usually, these types of stores are located throughout the community, such as Gamestop or GameCrazy. They will run the disc through a machine to buff the game. This usually costs $1 or $2 but sometimes the store will not charge anything.

Add water to the disc to become moist. Squirt a dime-size amount of toothpaste on the baby washcloth.

Clean the disc with the toothpaste rag. Wipe from the inside to the out, all the way around the PS2 game.

Use cold water to rinse the toothpaste off the disc. Hold the PS2 game under a small water stream. Use the other cloth to rinse away the toothpaste.

Place the disc in a safe and cool location. Let the disc air dry for about two hours.