Ive always wonder if I took the coating off a paiste traditional...would the stick sound be more.."zildjiany"? Ha.Remove the rod from your hi-hat stand. Chuck the rod up in a variable speed electric drill. Mount the cymbal on the rod with your hi-hat clutch.
Stabilize the free end of the rod in something like a thick piece of cardboard.
Spin the cymbal with the drill and then apply some medium-grit abrasive. Sanding sponges work great, because they get down into hammer marks and tonal grooves.
It's quick and easy.
I have taken off the Paiste coating on a Signature. I have it set up right now. I did it a year ago. Still looks brand new. The coating really takes on stick scuffs that can't be removed after awhile just using windex-type cleaners, which is what I normally use just to brief clean them. I got the Sig off ebay and it was pretty messed up. Not now.I've heard it mentioned that Paiste cymbals are coated and you shouldn't clean them with anything other than Paiste cymbal cleaner otherwise the coating will be removed. Just wondered if anyone has any more info about this coating. What is it? What's it for? What happens if it's removed? etc...www.drumforum.org
Cool,,, does it look and/or sound different at all with it removed ?I have taken off the Paiste coating on a Signature. I have it set up right now. I did it a year ago. Still looks brand new. The coating really takes on stick scuffs that can't be removed after awhile just using windex-type cleaners, which is what I normally use just to brief clean them. I got the Sig off ebay and it was pretty messed up. Not now.
I got this: go to the beauty section of your local Walgreen's or CVS. Get a small jar of "Sulfa 8", which is a sulphur and petroleum jelly hair ointment. Strip the clear coat off the cymbal (paint thinner, let it soak and you can wipe it off, maybe use fine steel wool round and round in the grooves, not across. Once the clear coat is off, smear the sulfa 8 on the exposed bronze and in about 20 minutes it will look like its from Instanbul circa 1800. I did this ride cymbal 5 or 6 years ago and i am just getting a few bright spots. I need to find the Sulfa 8 and touch up, but its a chemical reaction so its permanent and non-smearing. Sulfa 8 is the same thing as "Liver of Sulphur" which is mentioned in various metallurgy books for creating a patina on bronze and copper. It will cost you about $5I've got a great old Sabian crash that, unfortunately, has a brilliant finish. Has anybody gotten rid of a brilliant finish with, maybe, vinegar or something similar? Don't really like the shiny. thanks.......marko