The problem is that the information layer of the CD is only micrometers
below the label surface, although it is protected by 1.2 mm of polycarbonate
on the entrance side. Attempts to clean this surface carry the risk of
irrevocably damaging the information, either during the cleaning process or
over time as residue penetrates the label and its thin underlying protective
If you like the content of the CD, I suggest covering the sticky residue
with a very, very thin layer of Saran wrap or something similar. This should
not create significant unbalance so long as the layer is thin. Do not use an
adhesive label as the cover as this can add to unbalance and its adhesive
can penetrate over time and degrade the disc.
Media Sciences, Inc.
> -----Original Message-----
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> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Mark Hendrix 78L
> Sent: Saturday, January 15, 2011 12:02 AM
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> Subject: [ARSCLIST] Removing price sticker residue from a compact disc's
> "label" side
> Hello, folks,
> I recently purchased an out-of-print CD and was dismayed by the condition.
> wanted to play it to see if it would even play through before contacting
> seller, but I noticed the "label" side (the side bearing the printing on
> disc itself) had once had a price sticker affixed to it. Someone had
> this, leaving a sticky residue, which I would like to remove before
> the CD.
> My question is whether it is even possible to do this without damaging the
> CD. If it is not, I would rather return it without playing it for a full
> refund. But if it is possible, I would appreciate advice. My thought would
> be to use naphtha (lighter fluid) since I have used that successfully for
> removing price stickers from LP covers and LP & 78 labels. But I know the
> printed surface of the CD is not paper, and that damaging it can render
> CD unplayable. So I would be grateful for advice on how to proceed--is
> a chemically safe way to remove the sticker, without leaving a residue
> the cleaning fluid that will damage the CD surface over time? Or should I
> just send the CD back as is?
> Many thanks,
> Mark Hendrix