How to Clear a Disc Golf Disc and Maintain Your Game

Last updated on March 11th, 2024 at 11:57 pm

Last updated by Maredith Damasco

In the world of disc golf, it’s hard to find the perfect disc that works very well for you. It’s hard to get a disc that will fly right and has the correct versatility, durability, flexibility, flight ratings, grip, and more. If you happen to find the perfect disc, you have to maintain it. You have to learn how to clear a disc golf disc.

What Do You Mean: Clearing a Disc Golf Disc?

There are many parts to clearing a disc golf disc.

“In this comprehensive guide to disc golf disc maintenance, we will delve into the various facets of disc care. “To begin, we’ll delve into the nuances of stamp removal, followed by an examination of disc repair as the next consideration. Lastly, we’ll underscore the importance of maintaining your disc’s cleanliness and overall condition.”

Let’s dive right into it.

How to Clear a Disc Golf Disc

Removing the Stamp

There are a few reasons why you might want to clear out the stamp from your disc. One reason is that you may be tired of the stamp design; it may be unattractive to you. Another reason is you want a new design, and you need to remove the old stamp before putting on a new one.
Whatever the reason is, clearing a disc golf disc involves removing its stamp. Here’s the best tried and tested way to do it.

Materials Needed:

  • Cotton Balls
  • 100% Acetone
  • Q-tips (optional)


“While trying to remove a disc golf stamp, the primary concern you may face is the risk of damaging the disc and altering its flight characteristics. Yet, when employing 100% acetone, your disc remains safe. Avoid using nail polish removers with approximately 30% acetone, as they won’t suffice. It’s crucial to opt for 100% acetone, which is readily accessible and effective in eliminating paint or ink.”

  • Put a small amount of acetone on the cotton ball.
  • Rub the cotton ball on the surface of the disc stamp consistently.
  • Replace the cotton ball as it gets soaked with color. You don’t want the color sticking back to the disc.
  • If small blots of ink remain on the disc, you can try using a Q-tip to get those.

Pro tips: acetone is a strong chemical substance. Be careful that you don’t spill on anything other than the cotton ball or Q-tip. Acetone may also be too strong for putter discs; the surface of a putter may become slick.

Repairing Minor Damages to discs

“Discs are resilient against considerable wear and tear, particularly when exposed to mishandling or encounters with trees, which can result in deformation. Deviating from their original shape, this alteration has a negative impact on their flight performance.” Thankfully, there is a method to address minor issues like warping or minor scratches.

Materials Needed:
  • Small lighter
  • Safety gloves
  • Nail file
  • Medium grit sandpaper (around 220 grit)
  • Hot water (near boiling)
  • Flat surface (like a table)
  • Flat weights (books or a stack of discs)

If your problem is that your disc has many scratches, there are a few ways to remedy that. Holding the disc over a small flame of a lighter takes care of very small scratches. Make sure to protect yourself from the flame; wear a protective glove. Also, make sure you don’t overheat the disc so that it gets damaged beyond repair.

“If the initial approach falls short of achieving the desired outcome, you have an alternative option at your disposal. “Shifting to a nail file or medium-grit sandpaper, typically around 220 grit, can offer a similarly effective solution. However, it’s crucial to exercise caution to avoid excessive sanding, as this may potentially modify the disc’s flight characteristics.”

If your problem is that your disc is warped, here’s how you repair it. One method is just putting your disc on a flat surface, like a table, and stacking books or discs on top of it. The weight on the disc should just be enough to flatten the disc.

In severe cases, the disc may be too warped or firm that putting weight on it will not work. In this case, set the disc in near-boiling water. Make sure each side of the disc is on the water for no more than 30 seconds.

After that, place the disc on a table again and stack the weight on it. This process should do the trick of un-warping your disc.

Cleaning the Disc

I see a lot of rumors going around the net that say disc golf discs are dishwasher safe. That is not true. The heat from a dishwasher can warp your disc (and the dirt from the discs may damage your dishwasher). If you want to clean your disc, you have to do it the not-lazy way.

Materials Needed:
  • Warm water
  • Bucket
  • Dishwashing soap
  • Scrub brush
    Fine grit sandpaper (around 120 grit)

Fill your bucket, or a sink, with warm water and a bit of dishwashing soap. Dishwashing soap is not so strong, so it will not damage your disc. It’s crucial that you use warm water, not steaming or scalding water. Too hot water will warp the disc.

Dunk the disc in the water and use a scrub brush or a sponge with an abrasive side to scrub the disc. Don’t hesitate to scrub liberally to get all the dirt and gunk out of the disc.

After you’ve cleared away all the dirt using the scrub, allow the disc to dry. However, avoid exposing it to direct sunlight, as this can also cause the disc to warp. Simply let it air dry instead.

Lastly, you may want to sand the disc after it dries out to smoothen scratches.


To Clear a disc golf disc involves three key aspects, namely, removing the stamp, addressing minor damages, and thoroughly cleaning the disc. Based on my experience, these methods are highly effective and have the added advantage of preserving the disc’s integrity, preventing alterations in its flight characteristics.