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15 Oct

JFJ Easy Pro Disc Polisher Results

A while back I posted about challenges with scratched music compact discs. Today I am going to provide visual evidence of just how well the system I bought (the JFJ Easy Pro Plus) does its job.

Before

Here is a picture of the before image of the compact disc I decided to use for this blog post.

CD "Before" Picture

The disc was nearly opaque in spots, and there were a number of scuff marks and scratches. Some of the scratches went fairly deep so I decided that this disc would require the use of the full four-cycle system provided by the JFJ Easy Pro Plus. I did not take pictures of the disc at each stage but I will show the final results in a few paragraphs.

Heavy Sandpaper

For deep scratches I have the option of using a heavy grit sandpaper disc. The word “heavy” here is relative. I have some really heavy grit sandpaper sheets that I use in my wood working shop; the heavy grit for this device is nowhere near that coarse. The heavy sandpaper is called for if I can push my fingernail across the surface of the disc and feel it catch in the grooves. I could on this disc, so I ran for about twenty seconds on the heavy grit sandpaper.

Light Sandpaper

On a disc that does not have heavy scratches but still has scuffs that are too numerous for the abrasive fluid I can use the light sand paper. It is required to use the light sandpaper after the heavy sandpaper in order to smooth out any abrasion marks left by the first (coarse) treatment. The light sandpaper leaves a fine, smooth haze over the entire surface of the disc. At this point I should not be able to see any remnants of the deeper scratches (if I have used the heavy sandpaper).

Abrasive Liquid

Next up is the white abrasive that goes on a foam pad. The pad should be damp but not wet. If the pad is throwing off too much excess fluid then it is too wet. With most of the discs that I purchase that are scratched or scuffed this is the first step that I try, and for the most part it’s enough. It took a disc that was unplayable and made it playable after just two minutes of this treatment.

Final Polish

The final step of the four-step process is a wax or finishing polish. It removes most (but sometimes not all) of the swirl marks left from the previous steps and helps put a final treatment on the surface of the disc. The device comes with some special pads and anti-static spray that I can use to clean off the polish residue at this point, but I have been just using a drop of Dawn dish-washing liquid and regular water to clean things up. I dry off with a lint-free drying cloth and the discs come out looking like this:

CD "After" Picture

I took a disc belonging to a friend (not pictured) that was totaled and recovered the entire disc. It took about fifteen minutes of various treatments (all the way from the heavy sandpaper to the final polish) but ultimately the disc played perfectly. Now when I find some of those potentially valuable surprises in my discount shopping I can restore them to a near-new finish in just a few minutes.

I have had very good results with my JFJ Easy Pro, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a disc cleaning device. I opted to go for this one over some of the manual crank options since – even though it was more expensive – it seemed that the consistency of a motorized device would provide much better results in the longer term. The device itself is available on amazon.com for a discount price. Like many devices like this (ink jet printers come to mind) the initial purchase is quite cheap because the company will then be able to sell me supplies for the life of the unit. True, that. But I have discovered that eBay has a host of merchants selling both types of cleaning fluid (stage 1 and 2) as well as replacement pads for prices that are much cheaper than the source company. I’m about to order some new pads since the initial two that came with the unit are showing signs of wear, but in the mean time I have cleaned close to 100 discs from my collection or for my friends.

2 Responses to “JFJ Easy Pro Disc Polisher Results”

  1. 1
    Randy Says:

    How many times can you re-use the sandpaper discs?

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    Dave Rathbun Says:

    Hi, Randy, welcome to my blog and thanks for your comment. I’m still working on my original sandpaper discs because of several reasons. First, I’m cheap :) so I’m going to use them as long as I can. But in all seriousness, you really don’t need the sandpaper discs except for the most destroyed disc surfaces so I have probably used them somewhere between 15 and 20 times. After each use I brush off the disc dust that has accumulated to prevent it from being applied to the next disc that I need to sand.

    I’ve had the Easy Pro for well over a year now, and remain quite satisfied with the product. I have found that I can get the supplies I need (polishing pads, white and blue polish liquid) from various eBay sellers much cheaper than from the source company, so that’s what I have done.

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