Yes, it can happen. Your beautiful and expensive gong can get some sludge, muck, fingerprints, even dog saliva on it. (We've seen quite a lot of gong muck over the years.)
It's sad and frustrating and generally no good.
But you can clean it. You have to be careful and cautious when you do, but you can.
In this video, Mick, who has been cleaning these sorts of gongs for years, shows show you how to to clean your Paiste gong or Meinl gong.
This video is called Part 1 because it is only about cleaning the shiny front part of the gong.
In the video, Mick gives you a warning about the center part of the gong, how you can discolor it with cleaner. He also points out how careful you have to be about where you put the cleaner you use.
However, he did not spend much time going over to be careful of the rainbow that can be on the outer edge of the scraped part of the front. You can lose that rainbow if you put cleaner on it.
Nor did he mention about what cleaners can do to the outside dark ring. They can discolor it.
There will be a Part 2 video discussing that, once we find a really messed up gong to show you.
We take zero responsibility if you clean "outside the lines" after watching this video. You can see how careful he is.
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