Tips on cutting down a cymbal post please?

BigDinSD

Gold Member
The bass drum on my giging kit has a tom holder that also accepts a cymbal boom arm. The problem is that my cymbal boom arm is about 3 inches to long. I have a spare SP Boom stand I use for another project that I can cut down to fit the holder.

However, I don't want it to rust where I cut the post. Can anyone suggest something to prevent rust? I imagine I could use a primer and sealer?
 

Les Ismore

Platinum Member
The bass drum on my giging kit has a tom holder that also accepts a cymbal boom arm. The problem is that my cymbal boom arm is about 3 inches to long. I have a spare SP Boom stand I use for another project that I can cut down to fit the holder.

However, I don't want it to rust where I cut the post. Can anyone suggest something to prevent rust? I imagine I could use a primer and sealer?

Keep mineral oil on it.

If you can find a plastic cap to go on the end that's flush, spray oil in the tube then cap it.

Rust never sleeps.
 

BigDinSD

Gold Member
Keep mineral oil on it.

If you can find a plastic cap to go on the end that's flush, spray oil in the tube then cap it.

Rust never sleeps.
That's crafty. You wouldn't first spray primer on it?

I just stole a plastic cap from my wife's shelf post.
 

Pocket-full-of-gold

Platinum Member
Have cut down quite a few tubes over the years. Never had a problem with rust on any of them and have never felt the need for any specialist rust treatment......never even ocurred to me to be honest.

Exercise a bit of care, dry them off if they ever get wet and I reckon you'll be fine.
 

BigDinSD

Gold Member
Have cut down quite a few tubes over the years. Never had a problem with rust on any of them and have never felt the need for any specialist rust treatment......never even ocurred to me to be honest.

Exercise a bit of care, dry them off if they ever get wet and I reckon you'll be fine.
Good to know thanks. It would be a different story if it was farming equipment or construction gear.
 

Deathmetalconga

Platinum Member
Have cut down quite a few tubes over the years. Never had a problem with rust on any of them and have never felt the need for any specialist rust treatment......never even ocurred to me to be honest.

Exercise a bit of care, dry them off if they ever get wet and I reckon you'll be fine.
Agreed, I have been cutting hardware for decades and I've never had a problem with rust. But I live in an arid climate.
 

Soupy

Silver Member
Just hit the end with some clear lacquer. Unlike mineral oIl, lacquer will dry and not have any risk of making a mess on your gear.
 

Les Ismore

Platinum Member
You wouldn't first spray primer on it?

Anything you spray on that dries will eventually flake/rub off, or crack... then air/moisture gets in= rust .

If you get oil in the tube with a cap on the end, gravity will keep a good part of it at the bottom where it'll be displacing moisture.
 
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