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Old 04-30-2012, 04:35 PM
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Default Restoring my first snare

After reading all the threads about restoring drums I've been encouraged to try to restore a snare drum. I got an old no name snare and I've started taking it all about. The first trouble was taking the old throw off the snare. After that is done is when the works will start.
Do any of you have any advice on the best way to remove rust? The outside has some rust on but is overall in good condition. It is the inside that is looking rough.

As I have more problems/questions I will be asking.

This is exciting.
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Old 04-30-2012, 05:21 PM
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As long as it is just surface rust I would use Nevr-dull polish. Warning if it was chromed you cant get that back if it rusted through. Take the whole drum apart including every lug and get in there and polish all the rust away, any left will continue to grow. Then for protection some clear coat over it so it can't rust again. Buy the best clear coat you can, the cheaper it is the quicker it'll turn yellow, the best ones aren't major brands either so ask a paint professional. If you feel really sentimental you could always send it out to be chromed, but that might cost $$$ so look around and find a place that can handle that size stuff and you can probably get a cheaper estimate. If your chrome is ok just use some mother's chrome polish. Good luck and have fun, restoring is a lot of work.
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Old 04-30-2012, 05:48 PM
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Thanks Andy,

I've inspected the snare, it is just surface rust. I'll check out the Nevr-dull polish. I won't be sending it out to be chromed because it has no sentimental value. Just a cheap (cost) snare I wanted to try restoring. I keep searching over the snare hoping to find some identifying marker so maybe I could figure out who made it.
If in the end it sounds goods then I'll add it to my arsenal if not I'll just chalk up to experience.
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Old 04-30-2012, 08:18 PM
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I am trying to get some 14' rims, 6 lugs for my snare, How much would be reasonable? Also what is the proper wording? 14' with 6 lugs?
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Old 04-30-2012, 08:39 PM
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Yea, a 14 inch 6 hole rim. Are you sure you want to spend the time, money and effort on a 6 lug snare? 6 lugs is not enough IMO.
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Old 04-30-2012, 11:45 PM
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Pics or it didn't happen :P
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Old 04-30-2012, 11:55 PM
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Yea, a 14 inch 6 hole rim. Are you sure you want to spend the time, money and effort on a 6 lug snare? 6 lugs is not enough IMO.

I agree. To do a little work on it for the experience is OK, but I wouldn't sink any money into it. 8 lugs minimum for a snare, and 10 is preferred.
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Really we need some before and afters. what kind of snare, what size. Show your work. Tough crowd here.
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Old 05-01-2012, 12:23 AM
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If the corrosion is below chrome and has found the underlying steel, you will need to remove all the chrome and refinish the drum.
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Old 05-01-2012, 12:34 AM
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I am trying to get some 14' rims, 6 lugs for my snare, How much would be reasonable? Also what is the proper wording? 14' with 6 lugs?
You may want to consider finding a snare that is worth restoring.
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Old 05-01-2012, 10:37 PM
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I'll have pics soon, as for it not being worth the effort. I am not sinking any money into it yet, I am trying to get the rims for free or as cheap as possible. I all ready have the rest of the pieces so the only thing I need to buy is the Nevr-dull polish.
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I am trying to get some 14' rims, 6 lugs for my snare, How much would be reasonable? Also what is the proper wording? 14' with 6 lugs?
Honestly, with a fourteen foot drum, I doubt there's much of a difference between 6, 8, or 10 lugs. It's going to be really hard to tune either way. ;)
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Honestly, with a fourteen foot drum, I doubt there's much of a difference between 6, 8, or 10 lugs. It's going to be really hard to tune either way. ;)

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