how to clean and care for the rubber surface of the Alesis Hats

Hello, a few weeks ago I got a new Alesis Crimson Mesh kit, very happy with it, but I notice that the black rubber on the hats is quickly becoming dull, expecially the ride seems to be turning white. Should I return them under warranty? I am sure that this decay cannot happen in a matter of weeks with very little use!!!! Should I be using particular care with the hats? Maybe a solution to maintain rubber? many years ago I used to get a rubber solution to maintain the pinch roller in tape decks and video recorders, a non alcohol solution that did not dry out the rubber. Thank you for your comments. Francesco, Vicenza ITALY
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  • I bought the Crimson 2 and the ride turned white and couldn’t figure out why. So for several issues, bought the strike pro.
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  • Usually the white you are seeing is NOT deterioration of the rubber. Even my strike cymbals develop this off white coloration believe it or not your actual sticks will leave a fine saw dust on the surface of your cymbals. I would suggest switching to a synthetic stick.

    As for cleaning I do not recommend anything you will see people recommending. The rubber on alesis cymbals is pretty soft and doesn't really dry out. It attracts dust like no other though. I simply dampen a rag with a little windex and wipe them off every couple days. DONT listen to anyone who says to use a detailer or car product for a wet look. All that is going to do is make your cymbals slimy and that stuff will actually attract more dirt.
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  • thank you Tim, actually I am using a plastic tip set of sticks, and the issue with the pads turning white is prevalently on the ride, which in my case gets much less use. I thought that it could have been direct sunlight through the window but the ride actually is less exposed then the hat pad. I use the moist sponge after avery use but the ride just looks less "healthy", the set is practically new. I fixed the pads on my old Alesis DM6 by using a large soft white pencil eraser, you just "erase the whole surface" of the pad, but again, why should I do this on a new set?
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  • Hi Tim, my experience was the ride a would get more and more discolored even when I was not playing it. That cymbal never received direct sunlight . I used nylon tips and it was the whole bow not just the area where I hit the cymbal.
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