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Old 01-02-2011, 01:45 AM
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I decided to put my 16 inch floor tom back together for my Renowns, and since it had been sitting around it had a few marks on it, I decided to clean it up. Windex is not the fluid to use. I sprayed some on the head, started to wipe and it immediately took of the coating on the Evans G2 head. A word to the wise.


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Old 01-02-2011, 02:54 AM
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I decided to put my 16 inch floor tom back together for my Renowns, and since it had been sitting around it had a few marks on it, I decided to clean it up. Windex is not the fluid to use. I sprayed some on the head, started to wipe and it immediately took of the coating on the Evans G2 head. A word to the wise.
Interesting, thanks for the info! I'll make sure to never do that. Well, unless I wanted a clear head but only had coated... haha
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Old 01-02-2011, 02:58 AM
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I couldn't believe how easily it came off
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I couldn't believe how easily it came off
Thats pretty odd... darn, now it makes me want to try, haha.
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Old 01-02-2011, 03:12 AM
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Just a few sprays and a wipe with a cloth.
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Old 01-02-2011, 03:16 AM
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I've never had that happen to me butt then again I don't use coated heads.
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Old 01-02-2011, 03:30 AM
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well I guess all that you can do now is keep cleaning it till its totally clear, and pretend like nothing happened :)
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Old 01-02-2011, 03:36 AM
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I have never found a good way to clean a scuff from a coated head without losing some coating.
Even a cloth and water removes some coating.
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Old 01-02-2011, 03:38 AM
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Wow - clearly a different formula than Remo. (No pun intended) Windex is fine on Remos.
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Old 01-02-2011, 03:50 AM
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My first ever job (outside of a paper route) was to clean the drum heads on the display kits in my local drum shop.

I was given windex to use, and that's what I used.

I had the job for 4 years, and never had an issue with windex.

But we only used it on clear heads. Coasted heads don't really clean up at all.
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Old 01-02-2011, 01:41 PM
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Try white shoe polish with a small roller on coated heads.
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Old 01-02-2011, 02:15 PM
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Mr. Kleen Magic Eraser pads work great. Don't scrub hard and scuffs come right off.

Just a tiny bit of water so the pad is moist, not sopping.
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Old 01-02-2011, 05:12 PM
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We don't recommend using chemical cleaners on drumheads. Quite honestly, we've never really covered cleaning drumheads because if they're getting scuffed up, you're probably getting close to the point of needing to replace them anyway.

Just out of curiosity, I grabbed a used G2 that I had around and started scrubbing away with standard Windex. I spent a good 10 minutes at it and couldn't get a result even close to what you got. It almost looks like you were using steel wool or some other abrasive material.

Not that I would consider this a problem/defect, but can anyone else duplicate this with Windex?
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It was windex with an old sock and it came off immediately. I'll post a movie with the rest of it.
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Old 01-02-2011, 05:27 PM
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Cleaning a white drum head is like totally OCD...

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Old 01-02-2011, 05:30 PM
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Glass cleaner on coated drum heads? Now that's funny. On any drum heads, for that matter, is funny to me.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxApqQ2ks6M

Here is said video. Don't try this at home.
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Old 01-02-2011, 05:33 PM
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Here is said video. Don't try this at home.
Would not dream of it.
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Old 01-02-2011, 06:23 PM
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You're only supposed to use socks on sock cymbals, there's your problem.
JK GD. I can't believe how easy the coating came off too!
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Old 01-02-2011, 06:29 PM
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At least the logo's intact.......?
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Old 01-02-2011, 08:17 PM
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Here is said video. Don't try this at home.
Wow... That is so weird.
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Old 01-02-2011, 08:21 PM
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I don't know. I'm in a goofy mood, but - you got what you deserved. :)

Folks - you don't clean heads. If you want your heads that nice and shiny, either:
- Get rich and change them every day
- Change instruments.
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Old 01-02-2011, 08:37 PM
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Here is said video. Don't try this at home.
I had imagined you to sound completely different.

That's... Quite the discovery. I wonder if that happens with Remo's coating as well. Perhaps it's even more effective since the coating is much rougher and can be rubbed off more easily. Hmm...
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Old 01-02-2011, 09:02 PM
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Remo, Aquarian, and Ludwig seem to be unaffected. Just tested it with Windex. The Remo was the only one that was dirty, and the windex did help clean off some black. Maybe a bit came off the Remo, but it was surely no worse than using water and a towel. Sorry GD!
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Old 01-02-2011, 09:31 PM
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I don't know. I'm in a goofy mood, but - you got what you deserved. :)

Folks - you don't clean heads. If you want your heads that nice and shiny, either:
- Get rich and change them every day
- Change instruments.
That's just goofy. Why be dogmatic and judgmental just because someone wants to clean the heads?

Why even have an opinion about such a thing?
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Old 01-02-2011, 10:59 PM
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BTW FWIW the person that does my windows cuts their windex 50/50 with water, cleans just as good and you get twice as much.

Don't clean any coated head, refinish it.

Great after market idea- spray on coating for drumheads!

Evans/Remo should sell their coating in a rattle can, do colours. If GRUNTERSDAD had a can, he could save that head. Recoat--- Wipe old coating off head with Windex, then spray on coating, new head!

I'd buy a can, would find all kinds of uses for it.
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Old 01-03-2011, 12:19 AM
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That's just goofy. Why be dogmatic and judgmental just because someone wants to clean the heads?

Why even have an opinion about such a thing?
I'm horsing around, but - really - you don't clean heads. Wipe em down with a dust cloth when necessary, but, not with any sort of fluid/cleaner. It's not good for the heads.
Hence - the loss of the coating. :)
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Old 01-03-2011, 12:23 AM
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Here is said video. Don't try this at home.
Wow - that was impressive. :)
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I don't mind being the crash-test dummy for the group. Someone has to be.
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You're a true Super Hero Grunt!
Just think of all those poor defenseless drum heads that you saved from the evil solvent known as Windex.
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I'm sure there are a bunck of guys here that have an old Evans head and a bottle of windex. I'm out of Windex at the moment, but I'll try this and see if I get the same results.
Very interesting!
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Old 01-06-2011, 05:25 AM
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There are several Windex formulas. Which did you use?
I tried the Windex natural on my trusty old "magic" 16" G2 and it had no effect. Rubbing alcohol, however, took some coating off in short order. Interesting.
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The new magical cleaner for use on everything seems to be Pledge Multi Surface cleaner.
It comes in wipes or spray.
I use it on every surface on my kit, lacquer, plastic (clear heads etc), cymbals, chrome and it works great (so far, no damage whatsoever).

It seems to be a great and safe product. However, use at your own risk ( I have not tried it on coated heads).

Check it out...

www.Pledge.com/MultiSurface

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Oh well, just have to Google it I guess.
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Well, just if anyone was wondering...

I found out that you can clean really well drum heads by using alcohol. I used "Sanitary Alcohol", that kind of blue stuff made of industrial ethanol and it gets used at sterilising things.

I`ve got a Remo Controlled Sound coated on my snare, and I was preparing to take some pictures with it ( i love my drums :) ) . A friend suggested I should clean my dirty head, so it`ll look better in the pictures. Althrough I liked it as it was, I gave it a try.. It worked brilliantly well, didn`t leave a mark and did not affect the coating.

Hope this helps someone, it`s very cheap, easy and convenient.
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I don't know. I'm in a goofy mood, but - you got what you deserved. :)

Folks - you don't clean heads. If you want your heads that nice and shiny, either:
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Thank You. Nothing goofy about that.
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BTW FWIW the person that does my windows cuts their windex 50/50 with water, cleans just as good and you get twice as much.

Don't clean any coated head, refinish it.

Great after market idea- spray on coating for drumheads!

Evans/Remo should sell their coating in a rattle can, do colours. If GRUNTERSDAD had a can, he could save that head. Recoat--- Wipe old coating off head with Windex, then spray on coating, new head!

I'd buy a can, would find all kinds of uses for it.
Great idea but what about the logo? Drumhead companies wouldn't want you spraying over their logo. I like the idea of colors, too.
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If it worked I'm still NOT cleaning heads, I hate cleaning drums I'm damn sure not cleaning the heads too. Doc
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BTW FWIW the person that does my windows cuts their windex 50/50 with water, cleans just as good and you get twice as much.

Don't clean any coated head, refinish it.

Great after market idea- spray on coating for drumheads!

Evans/Remo should sell their coating in a rattle can, do colours. If GRUNTERSDAD had a can, he could save that head. Recoat--- Wipe old coating off head with Windex, then spray on coating, new head!

I'd buy a can, would find all kinds of uses for it.
Try some stucco, rocker panel rockguard or the spray on boxliner for pickup trucks, all 3 can be tinted or painted, let me know how you make out and which one works the best...lol

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I wish Windex worked that well on my damned windows!!
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I wish Windex worked that well on my damned windows!!
Directions for use: Spray windex in center of glass, step back 5 feet and throw rest of full 1 quart bottle at wet spot, window should now be so clean and spotless that it may look as if there is no glass at all....lol
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