How many of you clean up the heads from time to time? The difference between those 2 pictures is soap and water. In fact if we clean the heads after each session, they stay almost white forever. Don't know if you care. I do.
i have used a mr. clean magic eraser to remove unwanted script on new heads
i used it on a coated head to remove a brand name, to be replaced with a ludwig logo. little bit of water and sneek up on it.I like the look of a well-worn coated head. Though the OP's example is a bit too worn. I'd be inclined to replace it.
Does the Magic Eraser work on the logo of coated heads? Big logos are a pet-peeve of mine. I remove them from cymbals and non-coated heads -- even front BD heads. Acetone works great. I'll fly a band logo or nothing.
Oil? Try some Palmolive dish soapI have tried but been unsuccessful and just made it look ugly. I once tuned my snare not realizing I had a glob of oil on my finger and put a dark mark in front of every lug. Everything I tried made it worse.
It actually worked! Thx for the tip!Oil? Try some Palmolive dish soap
and running hot water, gently
workin it off with clean fingers***
it should cut the oil right off.
***Sometimes a wet hand towel might
buff a rough texture into the drum head
leaving a scuff, especially on
smooth drum heads.
But a soft wet sponge may be
a little more gentle.
Glad it worked out for you.It actually worked! Thx for the tip!