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Old 04-21-2017, 07:59 PM
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Default Best way to dust the drum kit..?

I have black, lacquer finish shells, which show dust a lot. What is the best product or technique for dusting those things? Do you keep the shells dusted, or do you not bother?

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Feather duster.

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Old 04-21-2017, 08:30 PM
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Yep...."feather duster" is what I use-magnetic type they sell all over the place for a few dollars.
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Old 04-21-2017, 08:36 PM
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Dry towel, followed by damp (not wet!) towel, followed by dry towel.
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Old 04-21-2017, 09:43 PM
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I've always kept my kits under a large cotton bed-sheet. For other airborne contaminants, a damp cloth with mild cleaning solution.
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Chainsaw. Works well...
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Chainsaw. Works well...
Yes, for turning it into dust.
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Old 04-22-2017, 01:03 AM
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Tommy hit it first. Feather duster! You don't want to be polishing all the time and theres no need for it anyway. Just a quick once over with a feather duster every couple practices. Give it the full treatment every once in awhile just to get rid of the fingerprints and beer ;)

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Old 04-22-2017, 01:35 AM
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Diapers.

*Pamper* the drums,
give 'em lotsa *huggies*
but a scratch free lacquer finish *depends* on a very soft cloth as drums age.

I dust slapping the shells gently using a clean cloth baby diaper, then use a folded corner to insert lightly under tension rods, then use it folded to do inside the hoops and inside top rims around the heads. Q-tips work good for tite places too. Be gentle except when playing 'em.

Never been diagnosed ocd but who knows ...
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Old 04-22-2017, 02:10 AM
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Swiffer duster works better than feather dusters. I'm doing a full cleaning this weekend on my new (to me) kit---polish the chrome, wipe down and wax the shells, snug up the lug screws, and put on new heads. After that the swiffer will do the job very well, as the wax helps keep the dust from sticking. I will also put a little Graphite on the tension rods to help with tuning accuracy.
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Swiffer duster works better than feather dusters. I'm doing a full cleaning this weekend on my new (to me) kit---polish the chrome, wipe down and wax the shells, snug up the lug screws, and put on new heads. After that the swiffer will do the job very well, as the wax helps keep the dust from sticking. I will also put a little Graphite on the tension rods to help with tuning accuracy.

Will that get under the tension rods? Or, will a feather duster get in in there?
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swiffer's what I've been using lately. Used a feather duster for a long time.
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*Pamper* the drums . . . . . but a scratch free lacquer finish *depends* on a very soft cloth as drums age. Never been diagnosed ocd but who knows ...
I only use quality microfiber towels on my drums. My top choices are Microfiber Madness Crazy Pile and CarPro Boa towels.
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As a carpenter I learned the best way to pick up drywall dust is to spray furniture polish on a dust mop and let it dry, then dust the area.

I don't know if it would translate to drums, but I suspect that if I sprayed one of those swiffer dusters with furniture polish and let it dry, it might work more like one of those California dusters for cars and snatch up a little more dusties.

A few years back I also worked for the design consultancy that invented the Swiffer, but I didn't learn anything about dusting anything when I was there.
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The Swiffer doesn't need furniture polish---it's good to go as is!
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I rarely clean my drums but when I do I use Windex and a terry cloth towel.
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I only use quality microfiber towels on my drums. My top choices are Microfiber Madness Crazy Pile and CarPro Boa towels.
You, sir, have taught an old dog a new trick.

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Hand-wash them in the sink afterwards?
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You, sir, have taught an old dog a new trick.

Thank you.

Hand-wash them in the sink afterwards?
You can hand wash them or use a washing machine. I use a product called Micro Restore instead of laundry detergeant. Never use fabric softener or fabric strips on microfiber towels.

Best microfiber towels are Microfiber Madness (Germany) or most brands coming out of South Korea.
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I use one of these, but mine is all green.
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You can hand wash them or use a washing machine. I use a product called Micro Restore instead of laundry detergeant. Never use fabric softener or fabric strips on microfiber towels.
I knew they were 'touchy' - Thanks again - https://www.carpro-us.com/microfiber...rgent-1-quart/

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Best microfiber towels are Microfiber Madness (Germany) ...
If you'd share your choice, i'll buy it :

https://www.carpro-us.com/brands/Mic...=16%22+x+16%22
Getting some for my car regardless...
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Old 04-24-2017, 05:43 AM
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If you'd share your choice, i'll buy it :

https://www.carpro-us.com/brands/Mic...=16%22+x+16%22
Getting some for my car regardless...
For your drums:
#1 Pick--Microfiber Madness: Crazy Pile
#2 Pick--CarPro USA BOA Towel

Keep your drum/cymbal towels separate from all your car detailing towels.

For your cars:
Microfiber Madness: Dry Me Crazy (one towel dries an entire car after a wash)
Microfiber Madness: Crazy Pile (final wipe down after wash, wax or polish)
Microfiber Madness: Cloudbuster (windows/glass)
Microfiber Madness: Slogger (interior trim wipe down)
Microfiber Madness: Incredimitt (blue for paint & body/gray for wheels)
ProCar USA Edgeless Wheel Towel (wheels)
ProCar USA BOA Towel (wax removal)

Be sure to initially wash all identical towels of the same type/color four to five times separately before washing all your towels together to prevent pigment bleed.

I've tried cheap microfiber towels over the years and never really cared for them. But microfiber technology has come a long way. The towels listed above are the single best purchase I've made in a long time.
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I cannot thank you enough!

Now, i believe i will dust my broom ... [grin]
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