Cleaning Paiste Cymbals - Alternate Methods?

yammyfan

Senior Member
It looks like the official Paiste cleaner is disappearing from the market. Everywhere that I've checked says "discontinued product".

Yikes!! I've got a grimy 18" crash to clean. I like my cymbals to sparkle.

Is there another product that gently cleans tarnish and fingerprints from Paiste cymbals? I know better than to use Groove Juice on them even though it works incredibly well on my Zildjians.

Thanks!
 

yammyfan

Senior Member
So far I've heard success stories using liquid Barkeeper's Friend and Twinkle for copper. Has anybody used either of these on Paistes?

I might try Sabian's "Safe and Sound" cleaner too.
 

yammyfan

Senior Member
Why clean them? They look better showing their use. Who wants to be the OCD dude with the shiny new-looking cymbals?
lol... I do!! I like 'em looking new, even after a couple of years of daily use:

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The thing is, my Paistes are all brand-new except for one and it has a grimy ring of fingerprints and crud around the edge. It looks VERY out of place compared to the new cymbals.
 

MrInsanePolack

Platinum Member
Check out Awesome. It cleans everything and anything, and is non-abrasive. You get it at the dollar store. Seriously, the stuff will take blood out of fabric. It really is Awesome!
 

Lee-Bro

Senior Member
Noooooo! I've been using this stuff since the 80s! It's my favorite. I have about 1.5 bottles left that I guess will have to go into the safe,
 

dboomer

Senior Member
The thing about Paiste cymbals is that you are cleaning a coat of more or less paint and not cleaning metal.
 

Treverer

Junior Member
It looks like the official Paiste cleaner is disappearing from the market. Everywhere that I've checked says "discontinued product".

Yikes!! I've got a grimy 18" crash to clean. I like my cymbals to sparkle.

Is there another product that gently cleans tarnish and fingerprints from Paiste cymbals? I know better than to use Groove Juice on them even though it works incredibly well on my Zildjians.

Thanks!
I have the exact same problem, hunting Paiste cleaner and protector for a year now. I found a bottle of each during my stay in Tokyo, but it was incredibly expensive and I wasn't sure if I could get it on the plane (chemicals...). I talked to Paiste directly twice now and they told it will come back at some point. I'll wait with cleaning my cymbals until then...
 

yammyfan

Senior Member
Are the Paiste, Sabian, Zildjian cymbal cleaner/polishes basically the same???
I believe that the Paiste cleaner is/was more gentle than the others.

I'm going to try the 'Awesome' brand cleaner as suggested by MrInsanePolack as well as Sabian's Safe and Sound cleaner. I'm concerned about stripping off the protective finish. I'll use the Paiste protectant on them afterwards.
 

yammyfan

Senior Member
Check out Awesome. It cleans everything and anything, and is non-abrasive. You get it at the dollar store. Seriously, the stuff will take blood out of fabric. It really is Awesome!
I found these at the dollar store. Do you think that one will be better suited than the other?

I'm a bit concerned about the "fresh paint" and "varnish" cleaning properties of the concentrate on the right. Guess I'll test it on a portion of the cymbal first, highly diluted.

Update: neither one made much of a difference, even applied full-strength. Back to the drawing board!

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MrInsanePolack

Platinum Member
I found these at the dollar store. Do you think that one will be better suited than the other?

I'm a bit concerned about the "fresh paint" and "varnish" cleaning properties of the concentrate on the right. Guess I'll test it on a portion of the cymbal first, highly diluted.

Update: neither one made much of a difference, even applied full-strength. Back to the drawing board!

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Wow I'm shocked. My wife cleans everything with it. Those must be some hard core fingerprints.
 

Old Dog new Cans

Senior Member
When I bought vintage cymbals this past winter, I did a lot of research. . .ketchup, Coke, lemons, vinegar. . .were all suggestions.

I personally CLEANED them with lemons and white vinegar. IT DOES NOT POLISH. But cleans them nicely. I used Zildjian polish after. Honestly, I wasn't impressed. Maybe some serious buffing (after leaving the Zildjian polish on longer), would work better. I was worried about losing logos on the cymbals that still actually had logos.
 

RickP

Gold Member
Drummers Hangout in Aurora, Ontario Canada has stock.
I also believe Drumland in Vaughan , Ontario Canada has stock as well.

Both would be happy to ship
 

yammyfan

Senior Member
Wow I'm shocked. My wife cleans everything with it. Those must be some hard core fingerprints.
They were. Pretty much a black ring all around the edge of the cymbal. :(

Anyway, I cleaned the crash with alternating cycles of Zildjian polish, Awesome cleaner and Dawn and that reduced the look of the black ring by about 85%. I'm happy with the result. I applied Paiste Protector afterwards and called it a day.

I have to keep in mind that these are my "B" cymbals. There was just too much contrast between the old one and the new.
 
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