Once you have the cymbal spinning (counter clockwise), take a dry abrasive pad (shown) or a damp cloth with your right hand and apply cleaning solution to the abrasive pad or cloth, with left hand, around your fingertip area. When using a cloth, make sure the cloth is not dangling and is securely in your hand as to not get caught in the nut.
Start at the bell area and slowly make your way to the outside edge. Repeat until cymbal turns black or is thoroughly cleaned. This process may need to be repeated several times depending on how dirty or tarnished the cymbal is. The pressure factor is very important and will be an acquired skill as to save the logo and to not waste cleaner as well as to clean the cymbal in the most effective way possible. This skill will come over time. To avoid the logo from being removed during the cleaning process, you must apply light pressure to the cymbal and always use a soft cloth, never use an abrasive cloth for cymbals with logos. If the cymbal is way too tarnished and or oxidized, there may be little-to-no choice but to apply the pressure needed to properly clean the cymbal, thus diminishing or greatly reducing the logo.
Using an abrasive pad should be utilized with very oxidized and or tarnished cymbals . DO NOT USE AN ABRASIVE CLOTH ON COATED OR BRILLIANT FINISHED CYMBALS. The abrasive pad is to be used in the same fashion as the cloth.
Note: As you may tend to wrap the cleaning cloth around your middle and index fingers to maximize your cleaning technique, you must ALWAYS have your safety in mind first. As the cloth could get caught around the nut or the outside edge (where you might have missed a nick or crack during your inspection) thus possibly causing bodily harm to the user. NEVER! ALLOW YOUR RIGHT HAND TO GO FURTHER (COUNTERCLOCKWISE) THAN THE FOUR O’CLOCK POSITION. This will greatly reduce or eliminate the chance of harm coming to the user.
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