polish/cleaner/protectant spray

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  1. Lazmo

    Lazmo Be excellent to each other...

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    Does anyone use, or have a preferred spray can of polish/cleaner/protectant to clean their drums, and keep them from deteriorating? I’ve been dusting them with a feather duster for years, but I just noticed that they are starting to look second hand. I’d like something to spray onto a soft rag to clean them. Don’t really want to leave a residue, if possible.
     
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    bellbrass DFO Master

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    I use Novus #1 for general cleaning of my drums. I also use high-end microfiber cloths. I found out about the stuff here; works like a charm.
     
  3. jtpaistegeist

    jtpaistegeist Well-Known Member

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    I use Turtle Wax "wax & Dry" car product spray. It has a small amount of wax, and dries clear without streaks. Adds a protective layer & shine to the shells. I even use it on my Paiste Cymbals as a protective coating. The stuff works great.
     
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    bigbonzo DFO Master

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    If your drums aren't "dirty", just use a damp cloth. Then dry 'em if needed.
     
  5. blueshadow

    blueshadow Just Shuffling along Staff Member Moderator

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    Jim Catalano recommended Lemon Pledge for the Ludwig Shadow finishes in a "Ask the Pros" section of Modern Drummer shortly after I bought mine in 1993, that's what I've always used though some here have said not to use it, 25 years of use hasn't seemed to hurt them. I don't clean them much though as they stay in cases between gigs so normally a wipe down with a soft cloth (Old Cotton Tshirt) is all that is needed.
     
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    Rockin' Billy Very well Known Member

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    If you are writing about cleaning wrap, I like using Plexus Plastic Cleaner Polish. As mentioned, Novus 1 I have also used(series of 1-2-3 1 being the less abrasive) but like Plexus better. If a wrap I also follow what/a Pure Carnuba wax(I prefer Maguiars brand). If wrap is older and a little dirty I use a Carnuba w/cleaner wax.

    If wood I dust w/Pledge followed by Johnsons Furniture Wax.

    Experiment, have fun, and come up with what works for you best.
     
  7. Polska

    Polska DFO Veteran

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    Pretty much lemon Pledge and a tee shirt for me. Been doing that for years.
     
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    mlayton Night Creature

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    EvEnStEvEn ~Lounge Lizard~

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    Laz, any quality guitar polish works great on drumshells.
    I happen to use GHS guitar polish or Dunlop formula #65 spray.

    Novus
    Plexus
    Both good as well.
     
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    bigbonzo DFO Master

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    Is there anything called a "drum polish"? Just wondering.
     
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    EvEnStEvEn ~Lounge Lizard~

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    sure, plenty of choices in "drum polish"
    Google can show you multiple options but it's usually more expensive and won't necessarily give better results than whats listed above.
     
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    bigbonzo DFO Master

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    Wow, drum polish is more expensive than guitar polish? I've never bought either. Who da thunk it?
     
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    crash DFO Master

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    Treviso1 DFO Master

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    I like the Gibson Guitar Polish for drums.
     
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    jptrickster DFO Master

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    +1 guitar polish . leaves no oily greasy or filmy residue on the chrome as well. I've had a 4 oz bottle that's lasted many years
    It was less than 10 bucks
     

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