In most cases, a little isopropyl alcohol will remove adhesive on a CD surface without damaging the CD. Thursday, June 14, 2001 Removing adhesive from CD surface In most cases, a little isopropyl alcohol will work.
Cleaning adhesive from a CD surface can be a real problem, but just how much of a problem depends on which adhesive you’re facing. In most cases, you can wrap a clean, lint-free cloth around one finger and dip the tip into a little fresh isopropyl alcohol. Never use harsh chemicals or ammonia. Then, rubbing from the hub to the edge (like the spokes of a wheel), gently but firmly wipe away the adhesive. You may need to let the alcohol soak the adhesive for a few minutes first. Do not wipe in a circular motion. If the CD surface is scratched, it can ruin data.
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