Can a car polisher/buffer be used for polishing cymbals? I am new to (drum) ownership and was wondering how to make it easier.
The answer is, no not really. If you want clean shiny cymbals:Can a car polisher/buffer be used for polishing cymbals? I am new to (drum) ownership and was wondering how to make it easier.
I used the term polish broadly. I've reworded my statement. The gist: I don't apply chemical compounds to my cymbals, unless you deem soap and water chemical compounds. And I don't use soap often.Cleaning cymbals and polishing cymbals are two entirely different things. The recommendations above are for cleaning.
Polishing cymbals can be a tricky thing since some are "traditional" finish, some are "brilliant" finish and some are supposed to have a patina finish. While this seems to be a controversial subject, traditional finish (bare metal) can be polished while "brilliant" and patina can't/should not. Some believe that even traditional finish cymbals shouldn't be polished, but if done correctly any bare metal can be safely polished. They key words are "bare" metal and "correctly". If you polish a coated (brilliant) finish, it will ruin the coating.
Do you know what kind of cymbals you have?
And, no, a car polisher won't speed up the process and you risk leaving marks (scratches) in it. Besides, it's unnecessary as it can be a pretty quick and painless process without any mechanical help if done correctly.
Aren't the lathe lines being filled with dust and grime over time? I thought cleaners pulled that type of stuff off the cymbal which is why the cleaning rag gets dirty.Let them age, no polish is the best polish. You don't want to fill space between the lathe lines.
Not only does it grind away the peaks with microabrasives, but any grooves typically get filled with a mixture of bronze particles and (usually paraffin) wax, and it's really hard to get off.But to answer your question, buffing traditional finish cymbals will change the grooves and change the sound. Personally, I’d recommend groove juice in this situation, as its an acid that slowly dissolves stains and patina, but doesn’t attack clean bronze.