Any way to polish Gretsch Round badges while still on the drum?

retrosonic

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Hi guys :

Has anyone found a good, quick way to polish tarnished Gretsch badges while still on the drum? mine are REALLY dark and tarnished, and I'd like to shine them up.

Theres something called "Tarn-X" but i dont think it works on the Gretsch badges. Any ideas?

Thanks, Retro.
 

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You might look up Nevr Dull wadding polish. FFWD To about 13:20


I will add, I HAVE NO CLUE WHAT THAT WILL DO TO A WRAP OR FINISH. So, if you use it, you might want to tape off the surround area. I like the fact that you can minimize how much you use.
 

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I use nev-r-dull wadding which is easy to control and doesn't hurt the wrap. It takes a fair amount of rubbing with the wadding and whatever is soaked in it followed up with a cotton flannel cloth.My goal was always to shine up the highlights ( the embossed portions) while leaving the patina in the relief portions more or less intact. I'm not sure what they looked like new but the old illustrations in catalogs leave me to believe that is the "correct" original look.

This applies to vintage round badges only, not sure on later badges which seem to have a lacquer type patina applied.
 

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I tried polishing a vintage 60s round badge on my 4157 model Name Band snare drum before I realized it was designed to have a dark & patina'd look intentionally - so I vote to leave vintage round badges badges alone.
 

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^^this^^ I think anything that will brighten the high edges will remove the "darker" background and look bad. Leave as is, but clean with soap and water and maybe a toothbrush. Good luck!
Mike B
 

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I personally wouldn’t, because tarnished badges look old and shiny badges can easily look fake.

But if you just have to, I’d use a q-tip and something like Novus 2 & 1. Get the fuzziness off/shininess back.

But it’s so much easier to remove old funk than it is to add it. Better safe than sorry, for me.
 

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Get some painters tape and tape around the sides of the badge. . Put a dab of Bar Keeper's Friend on a Q-tip. Apply And give it a minute. I did that when I was Doing a restore on a RB name band snare and I'm not happy that I did that. Although now lightly tarnished, It was a very bright loud brass color. Should have left it alone.
 

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