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Name: JFJ Easy Pro, JFJ Eyecon
Can Repair: CDs, DVDs, Video Game Discs, Blu-rays
Price: Varies, but worth it
My Rating: 9/10
What Are They?
I bet some of you are wondering how to clean CDs. You’ve probably heard of home remedies such as using a banana or toothpaste to help rid your disc of scratches. While I can’t speak for those methods, because frankly I’ve never tried them, I can speak for these disc resurfacing machines.
The JFJ Easy Pro and JFJ Eyecon are machines that resurface discs. Resurfacing basically means you can take a CD with scratches on it and clean it so it looks brand spanking new again.
Why Should I Get Them?
I would recommend every disc enthusiast get themselves a resurfacer because it will open up more opportunities. You will be able to purchase more used CDs with the ease of mind that you can fix them/make them look better.
These machines don’t only clean CDs, they can clean DVDs, Blu-rays, and video game discs! My Dad mainly uses the Eyecon to resurface PlayStation and Xbox discs, and it works great.
If you don’t get a disc resurfacer, it’s possible you can find a shop that will do it for you. More than likely though, they will charge you per disc.
The Differences Between The Two
What kind of scratches can they clean?
Eyecon – best only for lighter scratches
Easy Pro – best for deeper scratches
What kind of discs are they best with?
Eyecon – best with newer discs such as Blu-rays, PS4 games, Xbox One games, and WiiU games
Easy Pro – best with older discs that need some extra TLC
The Proof Is In The Pudding
How To Use Them
First things first, make sure you have the machine set up and plugged in. After that you can:
1. Decide which disc you want to clean and on which machine
2. Open the lid to the machine
3. Attach the CD to the top pad by unscrewing the knob, sliding the disc on, then screwing the knob back on. Make sure not to screw the knob on too tight! You just want it snug. Too loose and the disc may not clean as well, or too tight and you may have troubles getting the disc back off. Also, when you slide the disc on, you want the readable side (scratchy side) facing you so that when the machine is closed, it will touch the bottom pad.
4. Turn on the machine by flicking the switch
5. Grab the bottle of solution and shake it well. Make sure to keep a finger on the cap to prevent it from flying off while shaking.
6. Pour some of the solution onto the bottom pad. I usually do a nice squiggly line, just where the disc will initially make contact. I’ve seen other users spread a layer of the solution onto the whole pad. Up to you.
7. Close the lid to the machine right after pouring the solution. Make sure the lid clicks down.
8. Press the desired time of cleaning. I always do the full minute, but the choice is yours.
9. Once the CD is done, the machine will stop. You can open the lid and unscrew the CD
10. Grab the cloth and use it to buff the CD. Always use the middle of the cloth, not the edges! Start by gliding the cloth around the edge of the CD. Next go around the middle/opening part of the disc. Then drape the cloth over your hand, keeping it open palmed, and rub the CD in circular motions. You want to apply a little bit of pressure but not too much
11. Check the disc to see how it looks. If it still needs some help, you can run it in the machine again. Some discs can be more stubborn than others and just need a couple of spins
Note: the Easy Pro also comes with sandpaper, you can use as you see fit
Make sure to stick around till the end, because he actually does manage to get it working again!
In my experience, you can clean up to 3 discs back-to-back. After that you’ll want to give the machine some time to cool down. Otherwise, if you don’t, the machine will heat up and won’t work as well.
All in all, I hope these machines are as good to you as they have been to me. I have been able to keep numerous CDs thanks to these machines.
Do you use a disc resurfacer? Have you ever thought about getting one?
You can tell me all about it below 🙂
I hope this helps some of my fellow disc collectors out there!
The CD Queen