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  • #31
    Originally posted by IamTuttman View Post
    Just thought I'd chime in on this topic. I recently purchased an old Premier drum set for $150. It came with extremely dirty and tarnished Zildjian A custom and K cymbals. After a brief web search I found info that made me try using ketchup and Barkeepers Friends. The results were amazing! First I did a test with the ketchup. No scrubbing. It worked! So, I smeared ketchup over the entire cymbal and after 30-45 minutes, I just rinsed it off. The dark tarnish came off like a slimy gel. Then I used Barkeepers Helper (powder form) and lightly rubbed them with a wet sponge. See pics.
    THANK YOU for the GREAT ADVICE!!!!! I was just at Walmart the other night and was about to buy a new bottle of barkeep's friend (liquid) but held off but now I'm going back. The barkeep's friend also works great on nickel plating (my lightsaber hilt needed some cleaning).

    My bands: Alter Ego, Arcanum
    E Kit = Roland TDW-20s kit // Roland SPD-S// Pearl Demon Drives//
    A Kit = Tama Swingstar 5 pc (1981) w/roto toms (orig owner!) //Zildjians
    A Kit = Natal 6 pc with Paiste 2000 & Zildjian/MidiKNights/DrumSplitters


    • #32
      I missed this topic. I used Barkeeper's Friend during my professional giggin' phase for 20+ years and swear by it. Here's the proof...

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      • #33
        Agree. Barkeepers liquid version is the bomb.