cleaning my cymbals

Where to buy, how to cleaning etc...

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Post Wed Jul 09, 2008 1:55 pm

If you really want to clean them, use these 3 things:

Soap
Warm water
Sponge

They're relatively cheap and you've probably got them around your house already. All of the products you see available are for polishing, not necessarily cleaning.

Think of it like this. My wife has silver flatware. When we use it, we clean it with soap and water. Occasionally, we will polish it to remove the oxidation, but not every time we wash it.

No, water will not damage a cymbal. It may remove logos, but if that is a concern, just be careful when cleaning in that area. Or better yet, don't clean them and let a rich patina build up.
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Post Wed Jul 09, 2008 2:13 pm

yup. I never clean my cymbals. I think the last time was somewhere around 1988 or so.
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Post Wed Jul 09, 2008 4:51 pm

SlackBackLazy wrote:
dor44 wrote:lol steaky thats a really nice story.. :D
umm i dont really have a splash or an old cymbal could you please put a step by step way to clean it...
sorry about me being paranoid never cleaned a cymbal before and these are my first cymbals... :D


Don't azy with the cymbal polish, that's what I learnt.
I bought some cleaner for my cymbals, and tried it on my Paiste 2002 crash and it almost gave me a heart attack, the cymbal just went black, I don't know why, but I just seemed to be spreading the dirt on it. I could've died, lucky I stuck to it though, after an hour of intense scrubbing and using up like 5 rolls of kitchen roll I got it clean, but I think i wiped of the protective layer or something, because whenever I choke it now, it leaves a really obvious finger mark.
So long story short, cleaning cymbals - don't
not all cymbals come with a protective polish anyway, so there is nothing to scrap off. If you like drier sound, dont polish if you want your cymbals sounding a bit drier, do polish. Im not sure what happened to you 2002 Lazy but lots of people polish their cymbals, maybe the lesson is dont polish cymbals with a protective coating, maybe just wipe those occasionally.
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Post Wed Jul 09, 2008 6:52 pm

Yeah, don't polish Paiste, they come with a protective coating.

I haven't ever polished my 802's and they look brand new.
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Post Sun Aug 03, 2008 10:15 am

DO NOT CLEAN YOUR CYMBALS!
Impress with your playing, not how shinny your cymbals are!
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Post Sun Aug 03, 2008 4:33 pm

Olimpass wrote:DO NOT CLEAN YOUR CYMBALS!
Impress with your playing, not how shinny your cymbals are!
i dont think you can narrow it down to people wanting to improve stage show. Some people just like the sound of polished cymbals...
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Post Sun Aug 03, 2008 10:55 pm

I like the sound of polished cymbals. They're brighter to me. I cleaned a Byzance Jazz Sweet Ride that had a good layer of dirt on it. Most of it was hand oils from the previous owner. Sounded a heck of a lot better after lightly cleaning it with Goo Gone and then a more intense cleaning with warm water and a sponge.
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Post Sun Aug 03, 2008 11:33 pm

put em in the Dishwasher....you think I'm kidding?

Non abbrassive mag wheel cleaner, the spray on kind works well, but you have to also make sure it is non corrosive. The mcguires works the best.

If they are really tarnished you can work them gently with an SOS or Brillow pad - make sure that it is soaped up well to guard against to much abbrasion, very little pressure , and a constant circular motion working with the lathe grooves.
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Post Sat Aug 23, 2008 3:33 pm

I just tested out the coke method.

I let 'em soak only a wee bit and it shined 'em up nicely, but didn't remove fingerprints or logos and such.
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Post Sat Aug 23, 2008 8:12 pm

Kris wrote:put em in the Dishwasher....you think I'm kidding?

Non abbrassive mag wheel cleaner, the spray on kind works well, but you have to also make sure it is non corrosive. The mcguires works the best.

If they are really tarnished you can work them gently with an SOS or Brillow pad - make sure that it is soaped up well to guard against to much abbrasion, very little pressure , and a constant circular motion working with the lathe grooves.


dishwasher? haha where did you hear about this?
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Post Sat Aug 23, 2008 8:30 pm

One word for all your drum-related cleaning needs (for metals):

Tarnite.
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Post Sat Aug 23, 2008 9:29 pm

tarnite?
that would really help
if i knew what that is...
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Post Sun Aug 24, 2008 8:17 am

dor44 wrote:tarnite?
that would really help
if i knew what that is...



It's a polish/cleaner/protectant homes.

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Disclaimer:

I don't know unforeseen affects this has on cymbals, but it says it cleans and protects bronze and my crash doesn't seem any different besides being shiny as all hell.

Also, shake the can before you use it, and it smells noxious. Use it in a well-ventilated area.
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Post Sun Aug 24, 2008 6:50 pm

At DML, Rob Crisp said to use ketchup. One of the reasons being, "it's cheap as chips." I'm going to try it next time my cymbals get discusting. I usually use Zildjian cymbal cleaner and they look great. If you get it, make sure you have plenty of papertowels, time, and forearm strength.
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Post Sun Aug 24, 2008 7:14 pm

I meant at DRT. Not DML. See what happens when you abbreviate, mass confusion.
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