Junior Member
Hey everyone! I'm new here. This is my first post here, thought I could get some help. I have a Yamaha aluminium snare drum which sounds absolutely fantastic, but looks terrible since it's pretty old. Its badly rusted at spots and now i cant find anything to take it off. I tried WD40, but it didnt help. Anyone have any suggestions?


Concrete Pete

Senior Member

It's futile to use WD-40 for rust removal--I suggest you pick up a bottle of Naval Jelly, and apply it to the rusted spots. After one or more applications and some 'elbow grease', (however many it takes) clean the previously-rusted spots really well, and spray or dab on clear acrylic laquer to prevent re-rusting.

C. P.


Administrator - Mayor
Staff member
Ditto on the naval jelly and try some 000 or 0000 steel wool from the hardware or paint store.


Senior Member
I know this sounds silly, but if the rust isn't too bad yet try rubbing it out with aluminum foil.

Big Foot

Silver Member
Strip down the drum to as many pieces as you have the patience for.

Then polish the rusty & corroded parts out w/ stuff you can find at any auto supply store;

-Eagle One aluminum wheel polish
-Bluemagic metal polish
-Never-dull magic wadding polish (this stuff is good on chrome)

this stuff will polish out the rust and corrosion on the chrome and aluminum.

It's a bit of work but you'll be glad you did.

A note to all; - WD-40 will corrode aluminum!!


Silver Member
If it sounds great.....Who cares what it looks like!!!! It's a snare drum! Keep it clean and play the hell out of it! A little rust never hurt anyone. Denis