Cleaning sharpie off old K signature

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When I bought this old K the weight was written under the bell in sharpie almost directly over the original signature from the foundry.

what’s the best way to try to remove the sharpie without danger of losing the signature as well?
 

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I would try a Mr. Clean magic eraser. Since there are no liquids involved (other than water), you can be very precise with your cleaning.

Otherwise, rubbing alcohol may work. Just use a swab or something similar to keep it precise.
 

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there's two things there...the signature has been there for what 50 years... the gram marking what 8? I've washed old Ks and that signature is almost----by this time-----embedded into the bronze.

Just do it. Use nothing too toxix use the least (suggestion above) the least it takes to remove the magic marker have a hunch.....the signature will survive Good Best of luck,
 

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Lestoil .
I had some jerks Sharpie my car and it took off the markings and left the paint and clear coat intact.
 

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what kind of doofus would do that! anyone who cared about gram weights should know the value of that signature on there.
 

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gonna tell ya one thing that signature being present or rubbed off worn off not present has no bearing to the sound of that (or any) cymbal on any bandstand that's the last thing you're thinking about

ha!~
it was but the inspectors sign off
 

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Qtip with rubbing alcohol. Squeeze it so it is barely damp and do not go near the signature! Slow and steady....you may need a few passes.
 

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gonna tell ya one thing that signature being present or rubbed off worn off not present has no bearing to the sound of that (or any) cymbal on any bandstand that's the last thing you're thinking about

ha!~
it was but the inspectors sign off
Yeah the sound comes first. But the signature is a piece of the history
 

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So is what the previous owner did;

don't sweat it; it's how that particular one will be recognized going forward

The signature is ingrained pretty stubborn by now baked in, Will probably lighten as you clean the later graffiti.




I'd almost leave it as part of that one's history


You will leave your mark on it too.
Let us know how it doesn't work out perfectly.
 
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Whoever did that is a hack with no regards to the signature. I don't blame you for wanting to remove the sloppy mess and restore to its original beauty
 

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My pair of K hats has someone else's initials on the bottom in paint pen but as far as I'm concerned that's part of the sound now. I think if I tried to remove those letters it would remove some of the patina too. They're on the undersides of the cymbals so I ain't worried about it.
 

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Whoever did that is a hack with no regards to the signature. I don't blame you for wanting to remove the sloppy mess and restore to its original beauty
Yeah that’s kind of my thoughts. I got it from a pretty reputable drum dealer too.

I’ve seen all his old Ks numbered and labeled this way under the bell. Hopefully he is a little more careful on the others... kind of tells you they’ve got a stock pile of old Ks just sitting numbered in a storage unit not seeing any play time
 

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of my 17 old Ks
only 5 still sport their inspection ink sig

K inkSigs
err make that 6 it's very confusing..
...altho I only counted 5 (I quit)

1..2...3 (twice....4....5

there it's maddening the whole K thing ; )
18 New Stamp, 16 Intermediate, 22 New Stamp. (repeat), 20 New Stamp, 14 Type III


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had this 1940's Constantinople 14 and 3/4ths that was used for high hat top. It had a smudge of crude near the signature that I left as I did not want to remove the signature. Gave it away with a set I sold.

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I think I'd just leave it in fear of removing part of the siggy.
 

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Lots of Q-tips, just a little solvent on each. Be presice, wipe then toss the Q-tip and get another, repeat.
I can agree with JDA & JP, it's part of its story, but it's also defacing part of its history.
If it were mine I would try to clean around, and save the original.
Good luck, let us know how it turns out.
 

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Be glad that the signature is still there. I think of signatures as being the icing on the cake!
 


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