Don't Use Steel Wool On Chrome

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  1. amosguy

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    Little picture to show damage that steel wool does to chrome. Don't think of using it on anything you care to keep pristine. Crumpled aluminum foil will do the job without scratching.

    This is how the shell came to me.

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    0000 steel wool won't do that amount of damage, in my experienced opinion. Looks more like sandpaper damage to me.

    And you are right about aluminum foil, works great!
     
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    Aluminium foil? How does that work exactly?
     
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    May be right about 4-0, but was steel wool according to seller.
     
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    Crumbled it up a bit and dip in water or chrome cleaner. As it is used, it will compact in side from polishing pressure, but works all the way down to very compact piece.
     
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    +1 on aluminium foil. I don't apply much pressure though.
     
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    This is interesting, I must try it! I guess it has a mild abrasive quality when crumpled up?
     
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    Word! Your thread title is fightin' words for some people, but I couldn't agree more. Steel wool, to me, is a short cut. I'll use it on tension rod threads but that's it.

    This topic has been discussed many times and like I always say, if I could keep one person from using steel wool on chrome or nickel, I did my part.

    Now I'll get flamed. :)
     
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    Every time a drum comes up damaged by this stuff, a dozen people and sometimes even a few well knowns pop in and swear on their mothers graves how good it is.

    Leave steel wool to the people who swear on it. Dont buy any drums from them. Fairly simple. Buy clean drums that have never seen steel wool.
     
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    Yes & you can shape the pieces you use to fit the weird nooks like where the angles meet on a hoop, which is where the rust usually forms first. I roll the ball of tin foil into a point. Hope all's well in Oz, Trev!
     
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    Thanks Monsieur Poodle, great info.
    Yes, things are good here mate. Got a lot of gigs and several projects going, thanks to your good self and some other generous forum members!
    I have a couple of hoops suffering from rust and will definitely try the aluminium foil. Can I use the Bar Keepers Friend with it or is there something more suitable?

    Sorry Amosguy, don't mean to hijack the thread here!
     
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    Thanks Monsieur Poodle, great info.
    Yes, things are good here mate. Got a lot of gigs and several projects going, thanks to your good self and some other generous forum members!
    I have a couple of hoops suffering from rust and will definitely try the aluminium foil. Can I use the Bar Keepers Friend with it or is there something more suitable?

    Sorry Amosguy, don't mean to hijack the thread here!



    You sure can. I put a dab on my tin foil every so often, without overdoing it. You will notice that the tin foil will initially give off a dark colour due to its make-up, but just polish them afterwards. Glad to hear you're busy!
     
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    There's no way 0000 steel wool did that to the drum. Looks like maybe he got the wrong grade and rubbed really hard ?
     
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    This is my least favorite debate. Someone needs to do a double blind test on a set of hoops and everyone can vote on which one used steel wool and which one didn't
     
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    If you absolutely have to use steel wool or any other abrasive cleaner on your drum parts please remove the hardware from the drum first. It really does a number on a mirror chrome finish as well as a wrap and or lacquer finish.

    Carry on
     
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    DanC "Get in, sit down, shut up, hold on"

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    Indeed...
     
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    this photo will give you a sense of the color
     

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    Scrunched up foil is softer than chrome so the foil won't scratch the chrome.

    There were past discussions here recommending dipping the foil in Coke before using it to polish chrome.

    Probably better than drinking it.....
     
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    The phosphoric acid in cola will clean off rust. I've soaked rusty tension rods in it to clean the gunk off. You can also buy phosphoric acid at many pharmacies (with a signature).
     
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    I use 0000 steel wool to clean COS shells all of the time and it works perfect, whatever caused the damage you posted at the very least is not 0000 steel wool.
     
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