Drum hardware maintenance & lubrication

seungkeeya

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Back when i started, I used wd-40 on a cloth, wiped out gunks and dirts, add some lubrication.

But then later on, I found out it will eventually add up more dirt, (is that true?) so was reluctant to do that.

I’ve seen some suggestions for different lubricant products but couldn’t really narrow it down to one.

Any solid/safe suggestion for tension rods and pedal clean/lubrication?

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WD40 has had the best marketing in the world... it is NOT a lubricant, throw it away.

WD stands for WATER DISPLACEMENT... it is a SOLVENT and rapidly evaporates.

Sure, it can lubricate a bit for a little while, but then is gone.

Use good old Three In One Oil (or Liquid Wrench) for moving metal parts, a good wood oil (Old English?) on wood (guitar fretboards), and white grease/wax/paraffin (or in a pinch, lip balm... really!) on threads.


Back in day I heard of people spraying WD40 into MIXERS!!... into the electric sliders and pots... it can ruin them!
 

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WD40 has had the best marketing in the world... it is NOT a lubricant, throw it away.

WD stands for WATER DISPLACEMENT... it is a SOLVENT and rapidly evaporates.

Sure, it can lubricate a bit for a little while, but then is gone.

Use good old Three In One Oil (or Liquid Wrench) for moving metal parts, a good wood oil (Old English?) on wood (guitar fretboards), and white grease/wax/paraffin (or in a pinch, lip balm... really!) on threads.


Back in day I heard of people spraying WD40 into MIXERS!!... into the electric sliders and pots... it can ruin them!
Thank you!
Yeah i thought wd40 was trustyworthy but apparently not.
 

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I used plumber valve grease on my tension rods last night. All I had on hand. Worked great.
 

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Don’t think I’ve ever put a drop of oil or anything on a tension rod in my life …

Same here. Never had a problem, and some of my drums have been in use for decades. Then again, I don't leave them out in the rain. Well -- there was that one time...
 

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Just a drop or two of 3in1 Oil for any metal on metal contacts.

Don't put in the lug, add it to the end of the tension rod for control.

That's it.

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pretty sure-I've seen- rods get a little lubrication from the factory- or may have been dreaming that-
 

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how does oil can get rusty; on the outside; just like car's oil filter can have a (leaky) rust hole in it (ask me how I know..
and rust from outside in) remember
 
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Just a drop or two of 3in1 Oil for any metal on metal contacts.

Don't put in the lug, add it to the end of the tension rod for control.

That's it.

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This is the only thing I have ever used, and I do put one or two drops on the tension rod when I replace heads. As far as cleaning the drum, I have some good guitar polish and I just spray and wipe down the drum, lugs and all.
 
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