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Old 01-28-2011, 07:39 AM
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Default Polishing Black Nickel Hardware

The hoops and lugs on my kit are starting to look a bit shabby, what would you recommend i polish my black nickel hardware with? I assume chrome cleaners will damage the finish.
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Old 01-28-2011, 11:28 PM
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Default Re: Polishing Black Nickel Hardware

Its black nickel chrome.



All you people with a new drum kit out there, you need to keep the chrome clean. If you let your kit sit for months uncovered, the first thing that's going to eat-it is the chrome. Once the chrome is compromised its irreversible.

Compromised chrome will make your (new) set look like crap. Treat chrome parts like your teeth, once dirt/dust gets on them it biologically starts attacking the material.

Its too easy to polish the chrome hardware and the benefits are golden, the shell finish is not as susceptible. New kits should immediately get a protective polish, don't wait till its too late.
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Old 01-29-2011, 02:05 AM
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So any chrome polish will work?

So far i have just dusted it off with a damp rag, then gone over it with a dry terry cloth towel
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Old 01-29-2011, 03:02 AM
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Default Re: Polishing Black Nickel Hardware

Les Ismore is right, no doubt.

DO NOT USE CHROME POLISH the chemical cleaners in them are too harsh. I've been using Mequiars yellow #26 for years on the shell finishes and chrome with a micro-fiber cloth. If you look on their site they have some chemical free waxes that would probably be even better but I have had a hard time finding them locally.
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So any chrome polish will work?

So far i have just dusted it off with a damp rag, then gone over it with a dry terry cloth towel
Any chrome polish will work.

If your stuff is relatively new what I would use is an auto quick wax spray, this will leave a protective coating and make cleaning easy. Great on drums clear coats and lacquers too.
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Old 01-29-2011, 03:53 AM
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Default Re: Polishing Black Nickel Hardware

Its amazing how many automotive products work well for drums.

My singer is going to airbrush some designs on my drum wraps, so i will probably do basic upkeep now, but when we take them apart to paint, i will give everything a good solid polish
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