garthplinko wrote:Thank you - a friend traded me the drums for recording time about 10 some years ago. I think I got the better end of the deal. I'm about to tear it apart and give it a deep clean. I'd like to pretty up those BD hoops too as they're pretty haggard. Not sure exactly the best way to go about that though. Probably black Testors paint?
If it's possible to either tape off or remove the inlays before painting, I'd recommend the black nitrocellulose lacquer that they sell in spray cans at Lowes. I'd remove the inlays (carefully!), give the hoops a good sanding, then hit them with a coat of lacquer. Let it dry, buff it with 000 steel wool, then lacquer them again.
Never use steel wool on metal parts! Use a non-metallic scouring pad and Barkeeper's Friend. Then use Turtlewax chrome polish before you put the metal parts back on the drum.
Use Novus plasic polish #2 on the shells, then finish with Novus plastic polish #1. Then, a little Turtlewax White Creme polish will make the shells shine like new drums. Don't use the Novus #3 polish unless you're buffing out something really bad.
You can often buy Novus polish at the Harley Davidson dealership on your town. That's where I get it.
I also find that this stuff is really useful for making drums more cooperative:
Viper tension rod lube
It's not that expensive- I just order some whenever I order a new round of drumheads from Andy at Drum Supply House.