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  1. Registered User

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    Default Cleaning cymbals - My step by step guide

    Ive written up my method for cleaning cymbals, which Ive had one or two requests for - So here it is.

    Enjoy.

    http://www.drum.com.au/lessons/cym.pdf

    Please feel free to ask any questions on here or email me at [email protected] for more information.

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    thanks for that it was great but i have heard many time to never use paper-towels. also when i was looking for a cleaning thread about a month ago i thought it would be great if somebody would make a video about it and post it.
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    The paper towels are merely for drying, and as the document said, a soft clean cloth would work equally well.

    I must admit Ive never heard anything about not using paper towels... Whats the complaint with them?

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    Yeah I think if you use the soft paper towels they make now it would be fine. I have a roll underneath my bathroom sink that is really soft that I've used before to wipe off my cymbals. It doesn't look like it damages them.
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    I cant imagine paper towels scratching or damaging metal though.

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    cheers man , i was just about to call down to kosmic and ask you about this.

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    From the first post of the cymbal cleaning sticky in the Cymbal Talk section of the forum, item #3 under the materials list:

    3. a number of soft cotton cloths/towels NO PAPER TOWELS! Paper towels cause micro-abrasions which equals dulling

    That's why you shouldn't use them.

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    Hmm, Id like to see proof of that. Ive used paper towels on cymbals on and off for years and never had an issue with it.

    Besides, youre only using the papert towel to dry the cymbals - Not scrubbing.

    Either way, if youre concerned, just use the cotton towel then. Just ensure it adequately dries the cymbal, otherwise you may find youll have bigger issues to deal with than microscratching.

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    I use wrights copper cream. Boy it will take anything off the cymbal. I never scrub it over the logos and if you scrub an unlathed part, it'll come shiny clean after.

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