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1 Ajax on Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:01 am

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2 Re: Ajax on Thu Jan 31, 2013 8:19 am

If you can somehow spin the cymbal, on a heavy duty drill or small motor, you can bring back brand new sheen. Of course, most of the time you lose the logos if you use ajax or comet or bar keeper's friend, etc. I hate logos, anyway. That's the first thing I do when I get a cymbal - remove the logos.

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3 Re: Ajax on Thu Jan 31, 2013 11:29 am

That seems to work ok, but Ajax is for pots and pans.
It could damage the cymbal, I use a paste polish made by a company in Germany
called FLITZ metal polish.

Most of the hardware stores carry it, like Ace hardware, Lowe's, ect.

I tried a spray that Sabian makes and that was horrible.

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4 Re: Ajax on Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:35 pm

Interestingly, I've found that unless one maintains cymbals on a regular basis (like a set of golf clubs following a shot or match), all those grooves, nooks & crannies get out of hand. Kind of hard to do when you're your roadie carting, setting up, doing the gig, and then tearing down to head home. Rolling Eyes

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5 Re: Ajax on Thu Jan 31, 2013 3:15 pm

You clean them in your spare time, not at a gig.
I have still have cymbals I purchased in the 80's and they look almost brand new.
If you take care of them, they will last you a long time.

If you have priced cymbals lately, you will know why it is important to make your cymbals last.

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6 Re: Ajax on Thu Jan 31, 2013 3:59 pm

You don't really have to clean cymbals that often.
so the ajax doesn't hurt them at all. As a matter
of fact, there is no metal residue. when I do this.

And get this... I use a brillo pad! No problem, it
just takes off the surface dirt and grime!

Just don't scrub as if your life depends on it.

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7 Re: Ajax on Thu Jan 31, 2013 4:05 pm

I agree with drumman. I could buy a bloody used car for the price of ride cymbals today.

Basically if you just use some glass cleaner on cymbals every once in awhile the built up grime never gets started. You can wear simple cotton gloves to set up and tear down. I do. For players who eat french fries and then set up and play, and choke, and pack up without regard to how they are handling things, well, grime will come quickly enough.

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8 Re: Ajax on Fri Feb 01, 2013 3:18 pm

Lasting Cymbals?! drumman, I probably have cymbals
that are older than you! I have no problem with my
cymbals lasting. My thing was I wasn't cleaning them
as often as I should have been, and the requirements
really aren't that often in that regard. Thus, I've had to
use cleaning measures that are a bit more extreme.

But I know I haven't damaged any of my gear in doing so.
Actually the ajax doesn't even take off the logo, even with
the brillo pad. So chemicals that will remove the logo from
your cymbals which really isn't that easy to do I would figure
has to be a bit harsh either on the cymbals or your lungs!

I mean, ammonia?.... I don't think so.

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9 Re: Ajax on Fri Feb 01, 2013 4:15 pm

I wouldn't make too much of the ammonia, D. It's not like someone putting their nostrils over an open spray bottle of the stuff and breathing in after playing for an hour. Like I said, look at the ingredient list of most cymbal cleaners. Ammonia is the base element in most of them. Used to be, anyway. Ammonia IS a common household cleaner.

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