cleaning chrome stand

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  1. JOE COOL

    JOE COOL DFO Veteran

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    i recently picked up a 60s gretsch snare stand #4983

    the condition of the stand including all the chrome is very clean . no rust , pitting, or damage of any type.
    still id like to at least wipe it down before using it.

    i have some turtle wax chrome polish and rust remover, and ive read some recommend using it for this.
    some even also recommend waxing it after polishing it.

    still im somewhat reluctant to apply any chemicals when there is no damage to correct.
    nor will there be anything other then exposure to household air going forward.

    it appears this stand led a very sheltered life over the last 50 or so years ,and it will continue to lead a sheltered life going forward.
    i guess im thinking the proverbial...if it aint broke...dont fix it....any advice?
     
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    hippychip Well-Known Member

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    I use a red shop rag and WD-40 on all my hardware.
     
  3. RickTriesToPlayDrums

    RickTriesToPlayDrums Well-Known Member

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    This is safe for your hardware.

    Even though you say your hardware is in great condition, I suggest this:

    Chrome polish (and a little elbow grease). That's what the product is for. Found in any hardware or auto parts store. Been using it for 40 years. Great, clean results. Pretty hard work though to do a thorough job, especially on severely, dirty and grimy hardware; but results are excellent. And, as you say, your hardware is in good shape so it won't be as much work. Not in your case, but for the sake of conversation; nothing will remove pitting, but oh well -- at least hardware will be shiny and clean. No need to apply wax unless you hate yourself.

    After all that hard work, when handling my hardware, I wear inexpensive cotton jersey gloves... no acids from finger prints to etch the chrome and no constant build-up of grunge from handling. The hardware will stay clean and shiny for years with just a periodic dusting with a clean towel!
     
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    NEVER DULL. Found in most Marine parts and accessory; is used on boat chrome parts. Very simple to use and leaves a protective shine. If your chrome has rust then EVAPORUST found at Harbor freight. Safe, non toxic and what a great job it does. Being restoring drum for over 20 years and these two combo are the best out there.
     

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