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How often do you clean/ polish your cymbals?

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  • How often do you clean/ polish your cymbals?

    That's it: simple question. How often do you clean/ polish your cymbals?



    And if you do actually polish them, what do you use? I've got a few plates I should clean up, but it's been like a decade since I've sprayed and wiped down a cymbal.



    What's the MO nowadays on plate scrubbin'?
    Music, music, I hear music

  • #2
    My not so shiny Zildjian a's....not very often. My paiste brass with brilliant finish need it often. Im gonna clean them here real soon. Buddy of mine says that groove juice is an awesome product....spray and wipe off, no rubbing.
    Jack of all trades....Master of none...

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    • #3
      I use the Zildjian paste to keep my ACustoms looking new. I remove all logos anyway, so the fact that polishes eat those up doesnt matter to me. I have Wuhans, some AA Hats, and some Factory Metal pieces that I dont clean as often, but the ACs and my AA China were meant to be high luster and cut through. Letting them get all dirtified to reduce tones and cutting power really defeats the purpose of ACs to me.



      I have used Groove Juice in the past, and it just didnt cut it for me. It took several sprays and some hard scrubbing to get any of the buildup and patina off the cymbals, especially IN THE GROOVES. While it does work well for keeping things clean (getting off sweat spots or fingerprints), it didnt compare to the polishing compound.



      The paste is messy, and WILL stain anything it touches with the black residue left after using, but nothing cleans up your cymbals better.
      -Merlin Coryell-
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      • #4
        never
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        • #5
          I leave them alone...patina is your friend.
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          • #6






            Quote Originally Posted by Drumstix101
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            I leave them alone...patina is your friend.




            Unless you use a line specifically lathed and polished to give a brighter, louder sound. About 1/3-1/2 of the cymbals out there I would say.



            I understand that people love their patina on old, big rides, and that it helps calm the sound. But saying there is a benefit otherwise seems nearly superstitious to me, and I feel its just a trendy thing in most cases. Protection of the metal should be a non issue, unless you play and store your stuff in corrosion welcoming conditions. Ive got a 14" crash that has been kept patina free since 97, and there isnt a touch of pitting or corrosion to be found.



            Could be wrong, its happened once before. I think its just a looks preference, some people like dark, murky cymbals, some like shiny mirrors on their kit.
            -Merlin Coryell-
            www.facebook.com/merlincoryelldrums
            City - Metal from Portland, OR
            www.facebook.com/ndcity
            Mapex Drums; Zildjian & Sabian cymbals
            Axis &; Gibraltar Hardware, Evans & Remo Heads
            Alesis DM10; ProMark sticks
            ESP Guitars, Line6 Stuffs &; Junk

            In Requiem - Marko46

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            • #7
              About every six to nine months. I use a very watery paste of Barkeepers friend. Wet the cymbal, apply a little powder, work it into the grooves (be sure you're wearing gloves), let it sit for a minute, and then rinse thoroughly. I follow this up with some automotive paste wax. I have a 17" A Zildjian crash that I bought in the late 80's. The logo has faded a little but is still readable after about eight cleanings. All my other cymbals are much older and the logos are long gone.
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              • #8






                Quote Originally Posted by FitchFY
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                That's it: simple question. How often do you clean/ polish your cymbals?




                The only cymbals I clean are my Paiste 2002's, and I use Paiste cymbal cleaner, followed by Paiste cymbal polish.

                My Bosphorus' are either partially unlathed, or completely unlathed, depending on the cymbal, and only one of my Sabian cymbals is polished.
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                — Premier Genista 7 pc. for live gigs
                — Tama Silverstar "Metro" 4pc. for certain live gigs.
                — Paiste, Bosphorus and Sabian cymbals, depending on what I'm doin'.
                — Small collection of assorted snare drums to suit my mood.

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                • #9
                  nebber. i do a pretty good job of keepin' the finger grease off 'em, tho.
                  i miss you, mark
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                  • #10
                    never

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                    • #11
                      never

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                      • #12
                        never ever
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                        • #13
                          'Bout as often as this guy.







                          I clean them around once a week. I polish them never. I'm playing a nice Zildjian A ride cymbal I bought new in 1968. It's just starting to get good.
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                          • #14
                            I don't clean them. No reason, though.
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                            • #15
                              Hardly ever here as well. I leave my drums set up most of the time so I might take a wet washcloth and wipe off the dust and then run a quick dry towel over them to dry them, but that's about it. But I do make it a point to try and not leave a bunch of fingerprints on them if I can.
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