Groove Juice Cymbal Cleaner
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7 of 7 found the following review helpful:
This stuff stinks!!! Jun 02, 2009
By E. Macomber
An earlier review was right, there is some type of ammonia or non-breatheable ingredient in GJ...but man, it beats the socks off of Zildjian paste or brasso-type creams. Look, I am just a amateur who plays his drums about 4 days a week, for the mere fun of it, and cymbal cleaning is not my way to "have fun." This is purely the cure for time phantoms like me.
I also hated the fact that a $390 Zildjian looks like a no-name rip off following the cream "logo eradicator" I used before.
Finally, if you have a haze, you did not wash all the chemical off, or did not dry the cymbal completely. Always use this product near a well ventilated area, but enjoy the ease and time you saved!
Hint, if you only clean your cymbals 2 times a year, store the GJ in a glass jar until ready to use it in its plastic spray bottle. The stuff goes funky in the spray bottle if allowed to set over a years time!
4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
Absolutely awesome! Like Tarn-X on steroids! Jan 23, 2008
By Paul Bahr
I had brought the cymbals home from the set that we have at church and was going to polish them up with another brand's paste/cream product. Couldn't find where I'd put it in the house, so I went to a local music store and they carried Groove Juice. I didn't really read the product at the store; just went off of the tech's recommendation.
Went to start cleaning the cymbals (got out a bunch of rags, getting ready to polish and scrub) and I read the directions on the bottle. Spray cymbal surface evenly with product, let sit for 30 seconds, rinse off with warm water, and dry with a soft cloth?!?!? It can't be this easy!!!
So I tried it, and MAN!!, the results were spectacular!! The silk-screened brand markings on the cymbals didn't rub off (like they had started to with the paste-stuff), the shine came back almost as soon as the liquid was sprayed on to the cymbal surface, and the best things were that I was done with seven cymbals in about 20 minutes and my arms didn't feel like they wanted to fall off. With the paste stuff, I felt like The Karate Kid..."wax on, wax off".
I hope they don't stop making this stuff! Highly recommended! My only caution is to have ventilation available. It has a pretty strong odor to it and could cause problems if you're asthmatic or particularly sensitive.
The folks running the lights at church are going to hate me for cleaning the cymbals. They were so dull with oxidation and tarnish; now they're so shiny and shimmering!
It does what it says Jan 25, 2013
By Deborah Morin
There are a lot of bad reviews on GJ(grove juice) well all I have to say is that I have found out a system that works. First I take my cymbals into my shower and then cover/spray an entire side of a cymbals let it set for 30 sec. then rinse with the shower head this cleans the cymbal side very well then I follow up with the same on the other side.
After I do all that I use zildjian cymbal polish and follow the instructions on that to get my cymbals looking like new but you will lose all logos if you put it on the whole cymbal.
GROVE JUICE IS A CLEANER NOT A POLISH. USE IT ONLY ON BADLY TARNISHED CYMBALS AND DO NOT LET IT SIT ON THE CYMBAL FOR TO LONG BECAUSE IT WILL EAT THROUGH THE COATING AND THE ACTUAL CYMBAL DUE TO IT BEING AN ACID
Doesn't work as well as I wanted it to Dec 25, 2012
This stuff will clean your cymbals, fairly well too. There are a few problems though.
The first, as has been mentioned, is the odor. It's not that it is terrible, it just isn't plesant and it is very strong. I would highly recommend using it outside if possible. Mostly because it is hard to breath when using it indoors. The odor doesn't linger though so if you must use it inside a particulate filiter may help.
The second is it didn't get my cymbals as nice looking as I expected it to. It definitely made them better but nothing like new. Again, they are much cleaner than before but because they are still not new looking I actually think I'd have been better off leaving them.
The third, and part of the reason it may be better to just leave them, is it started to remove the printing on the cymbals. It didn't completely remove the printing but it made it very light. Another cleaning with this stuff and it would likely be gone.
I'd say this stuff would be more useful in a couple of situations. First is if you used it occasionally on new cymbals to keep them looking new. Mine were older and quite dingy and stained. As I said they did get brighter but no where near new. If you used it on newer cymbals every so often it would likely keep them looking like new. The second thing is that you would have to be willing to lose any lettering printed on the cymbals. I know some people have no issue at all with this as most cymbals are stamped anyway. Other will have a problem with it and so they should avoid using this.
Throw in some elbow grease as well. Dec 10, 2012
By Jorge Barbarosa
I thought I was getting a spray and wipe product. It does clean, it does remove the cymbal logo paint, and it doesn't clean up with only one application. To qualify my statements, the cymbals I cleaned didn't have a heavy patina. Goodbye logo (which isn't an issue to me, but might be an issue to other users). It beats a rub on and hand polish, it does cut down on the time it takes to apply a paste and elbow grease. It works, but don't expect too much.
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