Cleaning an old Supra

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I just got a 60’s aluminum supraphonic with absolutely no pitting in the chrome. It does have some dust and smudges though- what’s the best way to shine it up, while protecting the chrome?

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Be careful if there is a date stamp inside. I found a 68 Supa in great shape and decided to polish the outside up a bit with neverdull. I didn't think about the polish getting on both hands and making it into the inside of the snare while rotating it. I smudged a perfectly clear date stamp before noticing it. I was not happy!
 

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Be careful if there is a date stamp inside. I found a 68 Supa in great shape and decided to polish the outside up a bit with neverdull. I didn't think about the polish getting on both hands and making it into the inside of the snare while rotating it. I smudged a perfectly clear date stamp before noticing it. I was not happy!
Yikes. I once tried to remove some sticker residue from a rare wrap, using Goo Gone....yeah, that turned out bad.
 

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Any good quality chrome polish for the shell should be just fine. I always tape over any interior markings (like date stamps and inspector's marks) as a first step to make sure I do not accidentally remove them during cleaning. A Dawn bath (just water and Dawn for 24 hours) for all the metal parts is usually enough to do the job.

Here is one I just did that I picked up at an estate sale. It also had no pitting and just a few scratches. It turned out well.
 

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Any good quality chrome polish for the shell should be just fine. I always tape over any interior markings (like date stamps and inspector's marks) as a first step to make sure I do not accidentally remove them during cleaning. A Dawn bath (just water and Dawn for 24 hours) for all the metal parts is usually enough to do the job.

Here is one I just did that I picked up at an estate sale. It also had no pitting and just a few scratches. It turned out well.
That's a beauty. Thanks!
 

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Thanks. The picture is not good, but I sold it earlier this week, so cannot take a new picture. I just used Turtle Wax Chrome Polish. Then I tried not to touch it without a cloth covering my hands because I kept leaving fingerprints and smudges on the shiny chrome.
 

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Yikes. I once tried to remove some sticker residue from a rare wrap, using Goo Gone....yeah, that turned out bad.
Dang! What was the wrap?

I have a Ludwig black cortex set. It looks the previous owner had used packing type of tape on the drums at some point so I need to remove the residue. I was actually thinking of using Goo Gone but maybe not now.
 

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Dang! What was the wrap?

I have a Ludwig black cortex set. It looks the previous owner had used packing type of tape on the drums at some point so I need to remove the residue. I was actually thinking of using Goo Gone but maybe not now.
It was a rare root beer wrap, on a old Pearl tom. Made it all cloudy :( Just stick with warm soapy water, and go slow.
 

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Removing hardware sux but if you really wanna get it clean then no better way
 

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Nice one, KC!
I find it therapeutic to disassemble and clean. The pay off is the assembly.
Yep, goo gone is not our friend as I, too, found out the hard way on a WMP jazz fest.
For wraps, Novus is the way to go.
 


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