7 Best Cymbal Cleaners Review

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1Lizard Spit MP03 Cymbal Polish 2 x 2 x 6 inches 5.6 ounces1 Check
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2Groove Juice Percussion Cleaning 2 x 2 x 2 inches8.6 ounces
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3Zildjian Brilliant Finish Cymbal Polish 2 x 2 x 7 inches6.7 ounces
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4Paiste Cymbal Cleaner 6.5 x 2.5 x 1.6 inches11.2 ounces
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5Meinl Cymbals MCCL Cymbal Cleaner 3 x 3 x 6 inches10.4 ounces
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6Music Nomad MN111 Premium Cymbal Cleaner 1.8 x 1.8 x 7.2 inches10.9 ounces
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7Brite Stuff Cymbal Cleaner & Brightener 2 x 2 x 5.5 inches8 ounces
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Lizard Spit MP03 Cymbal Polish
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Dimentions 2 x 2 x 6 inches 
Weight
5.6 ounces
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Groove Juice Percussion Cleaning
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Dimentions2 x 2 x 2 inches
Weight
8.6 ounces
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Zildjian Brilliant Finish Cymbal Polish
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Dimentions2 x 2 x 7 inches
Weight
6.7 ounces
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Paiste Cymbal Cleaner
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Dimentions6.5 x 2.5 x 1.6 inches
Weight
11.2 ounces
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Meinl Cymbals MCCL Cymbal Cleaner
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Dimentions3 x 3 x 6 inches
Weight
10.4 ounces
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Music Nomad MN111 Premium Cymbal Cleaner
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Dimentions1.8 x 1.8 x 7.2 inches
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10.9 ounces
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Brite Stuff Cymbal Cleaner & Brightener
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Dimentions2 x 2 x 5.5 inches
Weight
8 ounces
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What I did

The first thing I want to tell about is the process of choosing the items for this list. It wasn`t complicated:

  • I looked through the most popular models. I then chose the most reviewed and best rated ones.
  • I chose the best among the best and tested them personally/asked a friend to test it.
  • I wrote down the result.

So, now that you know the story behind this article, let us get started.

Lizard Spit MP03 Cymbal Polish

Lizard Spit is an American super-strong cymbal cleaner.

Main Features

The bottle looks and feels like if it contained some poison inside. I enjoy this aggressive style, as it at least doesn`t look as boring as usual polishing agents. Of course, there is no poison inside, but the warning says that skin contact is not recommended.

To start with, this polish can clean almost anything of your cymbal. Like, even you spilled coffee on your cymbal, then dropped a bunch of tacos on eat and then threw it in a dusty basement, once you decide to clean it, the Lizard Spit will do the job.

Tip:More than that, your cymbal will continue shining during a day or two (not an hour or two as it usually would after a casual cleaning). Some guys I know say, that this polish even has a refreshing effect, making old strings look and sound new.

Finally, there are antioxidants included, which means, your metallic elements will not enter the chemical reaction with oxygen. So, no rust after cleaning.

As long you have a plain cymbal, you`ll not notice it. But if your instrument is painted, has a pattern on it or stickers, you have a great chance to get rid of them as well. The Lizard Spit makes no difference between dirt and paint you want to be on your cymbal.

Short Conclusion

If the extreme cleaning is what you are looking for, the bottle of Lizard Spit will solve your problems for the whole decade. However, it is not suitable for everyday polishing, may wash off paint and is potentially dangerous for kids, so you`ll need to make sure, they can`t access the bottle.

Pros
Cleaning effect
The long-lasting shine 
Antioxidants
Cons
It`s way too strong

Groove Juice Percussion Cleaning

Groove Juice is a less extreme version of polish for cymbals.

Main Features

The bottle is plain and white. Somehow the simple painting and the simple text on it gave a really nice feeling, like I was holding a decent product, made by decent people for decent cleaning. It also reminded me of the cover of one of the albums, I was listening to, when I was younger.

Polishing some Cymbals with Groove Juice is as easy as putting it all over the cymbal, rubbing a little and washing it off. All the dirt, fat and other particles that could possibly be there disappear.

Another nice thing is that this polishing agent contains much less potentially dangerous elements, than the Lizard Spit, and little potentially general elements in general. It means no skin damage, and that if it accidently contacts your eyes, you`ll not need to contact the doctor.

Probably developers forgot to put the aromatizing element, or decided that it would be unnecessary. We`ll never know, but what we know, is that Groove Juice doesn`t smell nice.

Tip:It doesn`t give you the shining effect either, just washes off the dirt. Can be explained by little amount of actual cleaning agent.

Short Conclusion

A nice polish for everyday use. Every now and then clean your cymbals with Groove Juice and they will be fine. However, once you decide to make them look brand new, you`ll need a more powerful cleaning potion.

Pros
Easy cleaning
Softness 
Cons
The smell
The power

Zildjian Brilliant Finish Cymbal Polish

Zildjian is a company, manufacturing drums. It manufactures a polish as well. For the drums.

Main Features

The very first thing I`ve noticed, is the list of the things you are forbidden to do while cleaning. It turned out, that this agent is not suitable for every occasion, only for brilliant finish cymbals. Keeping that in mind, let us discuss it.

Tip:A spray is a little convenient thing, you don`t even think about until you have it on top of your polish. Made putting the polish over the cymbal so much easier.

The polish doesn`t stop being good even after you conveniently spread it all over the cymbal. It cleans the new dirt, the old dirt, the rust, the oxygenized zones – everything. Can easily increase the price of old drum set two times.

It really depends on how lucky you are and how durable your drums are. I knew a guy, who washed his regular finish drums with this and had the perfect result. I know another one, who did the same thing and got his drums all covered in strange white stains, which he couldn`t remove.

This, as well as washing the ink away is the common problem of the powerful polishes. Like, the manufacturer said exactly, what the consequences will be.

Short Conclusion

If you can follow simple instructions and have suitable drums, there should be nothing stopping you from using Zildjian`s product. However, if you are not sure about it, better get something softer and more universal.

Pros
Great cleaning
Protective components
Cons
Inconvenience

Paiste Cymbal Cleaner

It is a paste indeed, not a liquid thing. Feels old-fashioned for some reason, still works good though.

Main Features

The polish comes in the most boring bottle, I`ve ever seen. That`s a casual orange one, with black text on it. But, as the wise man said, the cover doesn`t always match the book. It turned out, that inside a bad bottle, there is really good polishing agent.

I`ve probably mentioned the phrase “great cleaning” a hundred times already, but this the list of the best products, so removing all the stains and dirt from cymbals is what every polish from this list does perfectly. Paiste isn`t an exception.

It`s unique feature though, is a protective component. I am not good in chemistry, but as far as I have understood, once you put this paste on your cymbals, it covers them with some sort of invisible membrane, which continues protecting the metal for several months.

Tip:Well, this is more of a personal thing, but getting the paste out of that tube without covering half of my body in it looked like an impossible mission. I am not a careful person though, and was a first time user, so people probable get used to it. To me it still seems, like I would be struggling a lot every time I use this.

Short Conclusion

If you are a careful person or not afraid to get a little dirty while cleaning, there are no reasons for you to go for another polishing. Well, there are actually those extreme polishers, like Lizard Spit for example, but that`s a completely different story.

Pros
Great cleaning
Protective components
Cons
Inconvenience

Meinl Cymbals MCCL Cymbal Cleaner

This one turned out to be extremely controversial one. Combines all the best and all the worst things in one bottle.

Main Features

The polish comes in a bottle, which looks like a window spray bottle. It has a short but clear instruction on it. As the experiments have shown, following these instructions is necessary.

To start with, this polishing agent is suitable for using with any kinds of cymbal (both brilliant and regular finish) from any manufacturer. Most of the polishes have restrictions forbidding to use the polish with certain cymbals.

Then, this one is really easy to use. You spray it on the top of the drum, wait for ten seconds and gently wipe it away. No water required, no polishing, no rubbing, no physical activity basically.

Finally, it is one of those extremely agents, which either consume the metal (just kidding) or make it shiny and new, even though it spent thirty years in your basement. Always nice to have something this powerful with you.

Once you put it on the logo, you need to be all concentrated, as each extra minute, this thing spends on your cymbals means another layer of material (whether it is dirt, rust or paint) will be removed.

Tip:There is an instruction for preventing unpleasant cases like this, but this like an army instruction, you have to follow each step strictly.

Short Conclusion

If you are not afraid of a little responsibility, which comes with using this cleaner, then it is the convenient and powerful thing you it. If you feel like cleaning the drums easy-minded, thinking of some other stuff, you`ll need a softer polish.

Pros
Versatile
Easy-to-use 
Extremely powerful
Cons
Can wash away the logo
Requires strict instruction following

Music Nomad MN111 Premium Cymbal Cleaner

The only item in the list which has the word “premium” in the name. The polish is honestly not that good, and only made it into this top due to being unique.

Main Features

The first thing that came to my mind, when I saw this polisher is that it looks exactly like an anti-insect spray. Design is almost identical. However, everything said, that it was a polisher indeed, so I gave it a try.

There is indeed no acid, nor other components, that are usually considered to be the harmful chemicals. It is made of more or less natural elements, which combined manage to clean the cymbals.

Another thing that I liked, is that the developers tried to make it smell nice. I say tried to, cause in reality it smells like soap combined with a little bit of cheap cologne. But I had to mark the effort.

Bad cleaning – well, you know, that I do not like the word “bad” and do not use it until it`s completely necessary, but this is the case. Turned out that the harmful chemicals were the ones doing all the job.

Tip:On the other hand, while it doesn`t remove dirt properly, it does quite well with removing the logos and ink in general. I don`t understand how it is even possible, but that`s the fact we have to live with.

Short Conclusion

If you are a pro-nature activist or want to impress girls with how caring you are (or just for the memes) you need this. Otherwise, if you want to have your cymbals properly cleaned and can live your life even knowing, that chemicals are involved, you need another polish.

Pros
No harmful chemicals
Kinda nice smell 
Cons
Bad cleaning
Can destroy ink

Brite Stuff Cymbal Cleaner & Brightener

I love how Brite and Bright sound the same in this language. I also liked how this polisher works.

Main Features

The design of the bottle is minimalistic, but I enjoyed the combination of black and pink colors. The bottle looks like a piece of modern art. There is a basic polisher inside the bottle. Basic for this list of course, which means that is way above average in general.

Spray is the best of all available ways of getting the stuff out of the bottle. You can`t spill the liquid or get yourself covered in paste if you use a spray. The best for guys with big hands like myself.

Another thing apart from cleaning (which it handles quite good too) is the refreshing effect. The drum parts become shinier and start looking better after you apply the insides of this bottle on them. They also smell nice afterwards, which is a really rare feature.

Tip:I lost the plastic cap during the first day. Not that big of a problem, but the spray starts losing smell, once it is not covered. So, I believe, they could have found a better cover for the bottle`s top.I lost it during the first day. Not that big of a problem, but the spray starts losing smell, once it is not covered. So, I believe, they could have found a better cover for the bottle`s top.

Short Conclusion

It is an average top-rated cleaner for the drums. If you are not too picky, get this one and stop worrying about the cleaner for the next several years.

Pros
It`s a spray
The refreshing effect
Cons
The plastic cap

General Conclusion

In conclusion, I would like to advice something: it is the best to have two sprays:

  • One for regular cleaning

A friend of mine, does the regular cleaning every week. He polishes all the parts a little just to remove grease and dust from the cymbals. This should a soft polish, suitable for all types of drums, or alternatively, just water and soap.

  • One for big cleaning

Every year that same friend has a big cleaning, when he disassembles the drums completely and cleans every little part properly. He uses a strong polisher with protective elements for this purpose. That`s exactly what I recommend as well. Something strong enough to remove the oxygen contact effect and to protect the drums.

That`s it for this article. Thank you for reading and good luck!

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