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No. 1 Posted on Jan 3, 2007 10:20 AM Profile | PM | Email | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
I was wondering what the best way is to clean cymbals is. My frined cleans his with ketchup, he says spreading in on for about a half hour then taking it off really makes them shine. But im not really into putting ketchup all over my cymbals..so is there any other way?


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No. 2 Posted on Jan 4, 2007 11:39 AM Profile | PM | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
Paul swears by "Bar Keepers Friend". Use a damp cloth with it, then rinse very well and dry very well afterwards.


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No. 3 Posted on Jan 14, 2007 3:25 PM Profile | PM | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
pulse_506 wrote:
I was wondering what the best way is to clean cymbals is. My frined cleans his with ketchup, he says spreading in on for about a half hour then taking it off really makes them shine. But im not really into putting ketchup all over my cymbals..so is there any other way?


WHAT?!?! Ketchup is eggs & fries - not cymbals! All the major cymbal brands have their own type of cleaner. I personally have used "Groove Juice" with just ok results & Zildjian Cream cleaner w/ excellent results. However, the Zil cleaner took off the logos quite a bit - not a big deal to me, but it might be to you.

I have been curious to see how well the BKF works, but I like my cymbals like a like my women - dirty (j/k!). Maybe one of these days I'll break down and shine 'em up nice.





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No. 4 Posted on Jan 21, 2007 11:43 PM Profile | PM | Email | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
ive heard groove juice works quite well for most cymbals. Ive cleaned my cymbals only one time and i just used warm water and regualr hand soap and it worked just fine youjust have to make sure to dry yout cymbals very well when your done. I prefer my cymbals dirty. =D


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No. 5 Posted on Feb 2, 2007 1:48 PM Profile | PM | Email | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
groove juice or any professional cleaner. Promark sells some and so does zildjian just be sure to rinse them off and dry them off well afterwards.


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No. 6 Posted on Nov 29, 2007 2:10 PM Profile | PM | Email | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
man...
Ketchup, Tabascio Sauce...none of that works. It'll ruin your cymbals if anything. Buy some good cymbal polish. And call it a day.



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No. 7 Posted on Dec 6, 2007 10:58 AM Profile | PM | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
The big trouble with discussing cymbal cleaning seems to be every persons standard of clean. What one person would think of as nice and shiny, might be mildly dirty or tarnished to someone else so it's hard to evaluate everyones suggestions.



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No. 8 Posted on Dec 6, 2007 10:59 AM Profile | PM | Email | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
WHAT???!!! KETCHUP??? Try using groove juice it really works. . .Big SmileBig SmileBig Smile


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No. 9 Posted on Dec 9, 2007 9:56 PM Profile | PM | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
noxon 7 metal polish in the green bottle at advance auto parts
5 bucks for a 12oz bottle, what do have to lose at that price



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No. 10 Posted on Dec 12, 2007 1:30 PM Profile | PM | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
I tried cleaning my old cymbals (they came with a starter kit) with the ketchup, and it works!!!! just leaves you kit smelling


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No. 11 Posted on Dec 20, 2007 2:57 PM Profile | PM | Email | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
hi, what are talking about? there are nice things produced by Paiste for cymbal cleaning and protecting. there are also crazy john's cymbal cleaning and polishing products. try them! maybe it would be the best decision in keeping your cymbals cleaned and protected.


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No. 12 Posted on Dec 28, 2007 7:22 PM Profile | PM | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
Dunlop 65 Cymbal cleaner. Removes all stick marks Wink


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No. 13 Posted on Dec 31, 2007 2:22 PM Profile | PM | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
For those who are puzzled at the ketchup method... (I've never tried it, though I might, now)
It does make perfect sense. It's basic science. The acid in the tomato would eat the corrosion on the brass, thus making it shiny & clean.
Similarly, take a penny and drop it into a glass of Coca-Cola and wait 30 min. Same results.
Bar Keepers Friend makes sense, but here's a related question:
Has anyone ever tried "Brasso"?



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No. 14 Posted on Dec 31, 2007 3:54 PM Profile | PM | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
i tried brasso. it takes the logos almost fully off though, but gives the cymbals a mreall nice brilliant shine.
maked them a bit lighter as well...



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No. 15 Posted on Jan 1, 2008 10:12 PM Profile | PM | Email | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
peterosefan wrote:

Has anyone ever tried "Brasso"?


Yes, but that's too much trouble. LOL!!

While in the military we used Brasso to clean the brass on our uniforms but finger printing was problem. Found out if you squirt a little lighter fluid on it wipe off the excess it worked but only temporary. Not recommended for cleaning cymbals indoors.

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No. 16 Posted on Jan 6, 2008 3:29 AM Profile | PM | Email | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
peterosefan wrote:
For those who are puzzled at the ketchup method... (I've never tried it, though I might, now)
It does make perfect sense. It's basic science. The acid in the tomato would eat the corrosion on the brass, thus making it shiny & clean.
Similarly, take a penny and drop it into a glass of Coca-Cola and wait 30 min. Same results.
Bar Keepers Friend makes sense, but here's a related question:
Has anyone ever tried "Brasso"?


i use brasso when i do mine, its good but as ben said, watch when your doing the logo's, i normally just do soap and water when i get to the logo's.

but yeah, once you use brasso, your cymbals will blind you when you hit them! Big Smile



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No. 17 Posted on Apr 10, 2008 1:06 PM Profile | PM | Email | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
The quickest and most cymbal safe way ithink is groove juice. You spray it on and let it sit for 45 seconds. Then you rinse it in warm water and towel dry. Plus you dont have to worry about the letters coming off or fading.


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No. 18 Posted on Apr 10, 2008 4:14 PM Profile | PM | Email | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
Real Dirty? Cameo then Brasso. Not so dirty...Brasso.



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No. 19 Posted on Apr 11, 2008 4:46 AM Profile | PM | Email | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
Crusher wrote:
Real Dirty? Cameo then Brasso. Not so dirty...Brasso.


here here Big Smile



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No. 20 Posted on Dec 2, 2008 9:50 AM Profile | PM | Email | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
Okay so I tried Cameo, then went to Groove Juice. I had to be gentle with the Cameo but the Groove Juice needed some extra time beyond the 30 seconds in the instructions. I also spot cleaned with GJ just on the spots. To match color I hit it again with GJ.

My B20 cymbals are old: 1970 Paiste 602 and 1950 Zildjian hats (no I didn't clean underneath with the signature). Both had very nice patinas but some disturbing tarnish spots and all kinds of sweat and beer stains with what looked like bacteria growing all over them. I HATED to lose the patina because I LOVED that dry sound. But I HAD to save the cymbals.

So now they are all bright and shiny and new looking and I want to coat them with some protectant to keep off the fingerprints (which show up by merely imagining them it seems) and stop the spots from coming back. I just read that Paiste's Cymbal Protector *prevents* oxidation. But oxidation is another word for patina! I WANT patina!

Is there some product or technique that will protect from fingerprints and growing tarnish spots (rust basically) but allow oxidizing/patina to come back as quickly and evenly as possible? I know I'm screwed (cleaning them did change the sound unfortunately) but I want that brown look and brown sound back ASAP without holes being eaten through my vintage lovelies.

Any suggestions for an even, quick patina? Pledge maybe?



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No. 21 Posted on Jan 13, 2009 1:34 PM Profile | PM | Email | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
I'VE FOUND THAT THE BEST WAY TO BRING ANY CYMBAL TO AN IMMACULATE SPARKLE IS TO GRAB A CLEAN WHITE CLOTH AND SMEAR IT WITH . IT WORKS WONDERS TO THE POINT YOU CAN SEE YOUR OWN STUPID REFLECTION ON THE ALLOY AS YOU HOLD THE CYMBAL IN YOUR SORE HAND.

(NO TE CREAS, PENDEJO!


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No. 22 Posted on Jan 18, 2009 3:56 PM Profile | PM | Email | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
FRAIRE wrote:
I'VE FOUND THAT THE BEST WAY TO BRING ANY CYMBAL TO AN IMMACULATE SPARKLE IS TO GRAB A CLEAN WHITE CLOTH AND SMEAR IT WITH . IT WORKS WONDERS TO THE POINT YOU CAN SEE YOUR OWN STUPID REFLECTION ON THE ALLOY AS YOU HOLD THE CYMBAL IN YOUR SORE HAND.

(NO TE CREAS, PENDEJO!


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No. 23 Posted on Sep 4, 2009 2:17 AM Profile | PM | Email | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
does your friend also put them in between his hats and when he gets hungry just has a bite out of them? Clown i use brass cleaner... just dont put it over any logos because it takes them clean off.


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No. 24 Posted on Jan 2, 2010 9:27 PM Profile | PM | Email | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
The way I clean my cymbals is I take a metal polish for light cleaning, but if you have really bad tarnished cymbals to take some industrial strength metal cleaner found out any Automotive store.


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No. 25 Posted on Jan 3, 2010 2:25 PM Profile | PM | Email | Quote | Search | Copy | Favorite
Windex.

The ketchup thing is just for the acid in it, there are better ways to use acidic type cleaners.



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