Cleaned up an old Supra

Josh Vibert

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I noticed this old Supra kicking it on a back shelf in my church. Turns out it belongs to the senior pastor who used to be a rocker in the 70's. It had trashed heads and wires, the strainer side of which was held on with a big fat white shoestring. I asked him if I could take it home and spruce it up and he obliged. I removed the hoops and lugs and soaked everything in Dawn water. Then did a microfiber cloth wipe-down and dry before re-assembling. The outside is rough with chrome pitting and flaking all around the shell. There were no nylon washers on the tension rods either, so there were a few rusty spots on the hoops from the steel washers. Everything cleaned up ok and I put it all back together with a set of 20 strand Gibraltar wires, Remo Coated Emp on top and Hazy Amb snareside. I think the strainer is a P85 and should have had a screw-on "bar" to hold a strap for the wires, but there was no "bar or screws, so I used orange Ludwig cord and tied it through the holes. Butt side got the plastic Gibraltar strap since I only had one piece of cord. I added nylon washers to all the tension rods as well. Turned out ok and sounds pretty good if I do say so myself.




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Did you use anything to get rid of any putting or polish it afterwards?

Looks and sounds great! Awesome job man!
 

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That puppy sounds GREAT, and your playing sounds pretty damn good..........
 

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Did you use anything to get rid of any putting or polish it afterwards?

Looks and sounds great! Awesome job man!
No, I wasn't sure what I might do. I've read of others unsuccessfully trying to fix/remove pitting and/or further damaging the drum. My goal was really just to get it clean and functional. I "polished" it with a soft dry microfiber cloth after "scrubbing" the dirty and rusty spots with a different microfiber cloth dipped in the warm soapy Dawn water.

And thank you!
 

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