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Old 08-13-2017, 04:02 AM
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Default Drums got rained on a bit....

Been playing gigs up at Sturgis all week, and of course being Sturgis, it rained. My drums got rained on a bit, but not too bad. Still, I would like to at least lubricate all the tension rods when we get a day off. What lubricant should I use? Moly dry lubricant? (Something easy to find at Home Depot, Lowe's, or Walmart would be ideal) Anything else I should do?
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Old 08-13-2017, 04:20 AM
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Default Re: Drums got rained on a bit....

There are lubricants that you use to create a barrier between the atmosphere and the steel... WD 40 for example. Spray some on a rag a give the pieces a wipe... Alternatively, take the parts off the kit, douche-blast them all in a zip lock bag and then wipe them clean. Note.. Some metal parts are lacquered, and using a petroleum distillate will (eventually) strip the lacquer off.

There are lubricants that you use to reduce the friction between metal parts.
The tension rod threads and swivel nut threads for example. Moly D and other dry lubricants are fine for this.


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Old 08-13-2017, 04:30 AM
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Default Re: Drums got rained on a bit....

A few years ago my band got caught in a real downpour, winds you name it, soaked. I had to remove all heads and tuning rods. I dried all drums with towels, cleaned all hoops with chrome polish and used 3&1 oil on tuning screws. Very long night of work but drums were fine. Good luck
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Old 08-13-2017, 04:40 AM
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Default Re: Drums got rained on a bit....

I'd slather a preservative lube like Corrosion-X and then wipe it dry.

Maybe put a wipe of Renaissance wax on the other metals.

Run a shotgun mop through the cymbal stand tubes with a preservative oil if you're worried about rust inside of them.
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Old 08-14-2017, 10:32 PM
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Default Re: Drums got rained on a bit....

Got caught in a storm in Flagstaff once at a Rockabilly Festival. Outdoor stage, dirt, winds...the works.

Pulled the drum set apart and ensured the wood was ok (lacquered shells, no wrap), and cleaned the tension rods, hoops and hardware.

I for one use white lithium grease on my tension rods after cleaning out the threads inside the lugs. That way I know the metal to metal contact is at a minimum.
The shotgun sponge for the stand tubes is a great idea just to get the water out of those hard to reach places. Wipe the whole thing down & hope for the best.
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Old 08-23-2017, 05:32 AM
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Default Re: Drums got rained on a bit....

I,ve been caught before in a storm, like on the way home when I was walking, driving in traffic, etc, they come up pretty fast.
However, if you are playing OUTSIDE, and see something coming in, would you not get ready for the storm, as they say?...There is that visual warning??
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Old 08-23-2017, 07:45 AM
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Default Re: Drums got rained on a bit....

Drums will be fine as long as it wasn't too much, but what about the cymbals!?
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