This is the stuff I used.
Update: here's after a heavy cleaning with the grooves of the cymbal. Way better but you can definitely still see the scratches.
Maybe going over it a couple of more times and the scratches will probably disappear for good.
Keep on drumming and have fun doing it.
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I've had similar swirly scratch marks on my AAX Stage Ride when I sprinkled Barkeepers Friend on a damp cloth to clean it. In retrospect I realised that I had put too much on the cloth and was scraping parts of the cymbal with dry powder! The scratches were very shallow but noticeable on the cymbal just like yours. I removed the scratches fairly easily using Brasso and a soft cloth. When Brasso dries out it can be difficult to buff off but washing the cymbal with a fairly strong dishwashing detergent solution gets rid of it easily. If you decide to try it - make sure it is LIQUID brasso NOT PASTE (I've hear that Brasso in the States can be a different formula from the stuff available in the UK so make sure you get the right stuff if you decide to try it.
Brasso gets good results for removing light scratches (clean small areas at a time) but it is pretty labour intensive so you wouldn't want to use it as a regular cymbal cleaner.
Be careful to clean around the logos as Brasso will fade them quickly.
Last edited by crispycritters; Yesterday at 01:31 PM. Reason: Gibberish
There is a kit that you can find online for polishing brilliant finish cymbals that will return them to factory condition. Completely professional looking, but of course it removes the logos in the process. When I say removes, I mean utterly. No trace, not even that little shadow that normally remains after. Now which is the lesser of two evils. A scratched finish or no logos?
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