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FDP Forum / I'd Hit It! - Drums and Percussion / Chrome Hardware Questions

Flytoo
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Mar 16th, 2012 05:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I recently bought a used set and I changed out the batter heads on the toms. When I did, I noticed some rust on the tension rods. It's not a lot but noticeable none the less. I plan on taking the heads off to polish and wax the shells as well as use some lemon oil on the inside of the shells as I heard this helps to protect the wood. When I do, what's the best way to clean up the tension rods? I'm thinking WD 40 and then maybe a thin application of Vaseline on the threads before re-assembly? I'm guessing chrome polish could safely be used to shine up all of the hardware? As always, any and all help is greatly appreciated.

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Mar 16th, 2012 05:37 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Fine steel wool has always treated me well with the chrome parts.

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Mar 17th, 2012 06:43 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

For rusted up tension rods I'll put them in a cordless drill and use a synthetic steel wool with a drop or two of 3-1 oil on the rod turn the drill on and let the drill do the work.. There's kind of a trick to not getting the syn steel wool pad wrapped up in the threads.

You can tighten the rod in the drill either way too, thread side on square end..

I'll put a drop of the 3-1 oil on the threads when I put the drum back together

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Mar 17th, 2012 03:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Now this is why I ask the questions. You guys com up with great ideas that I'd never dream of. Thanks for the help!

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Mar 18th, 2012 08:17 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've restored a few vintage kits and snares I learned a number of restoration tricks from a vintage drum forum..

One of the most common for those heavily tarnished and mild rusted pieces of hardware is to soak them over night in a very strong mixture of Dawn dish soap and water.. It REALLY works... not so much on really rusted parts...

They also recommend something called Cape Cod wipes, it's a metal cleaner -polish that is like a big wet-nap.. You can find them at True Value hardware. If you keep them sealed up nicely you can reuse them over and over..


Flytoo
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Mar 18th, 2012 10:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wow, more great tips. Thanks so much mortar!

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Mar 18th, 2012 10:44 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

A very soft brass wire wheel will also clean tension rods. I use brass wool on chrome parts.

Anti-seize compound makes great lube for tention rods. Brush on threads with an acid brush (used for soldering paste.

Flytoo
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Mar 19th, 2012 05:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

More great ideas Hammond101. Thank you so much for all of your help!

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Apr 23rd, 2012 11:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just as a followup, I found the perfect stuff to make cleaning rusty tension rods easy. I'm using phosphoric acid. Got this stuff at Wal Mart. It came in a bottle under the name of Krud Kutter. As I understand it, it is sold under several other names as well. All you have to do is rinse off the rods with water and drop them in phosphoric acid for 30 minutes. Take them out and rinse again, then dry. They came out looking as good as new. Saves a whole lot of time and elbow grease.

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