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Duct Tape on Cymbals! Arrrggghh! How do you remove the glue without destroying the cymbal?

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I picked up my friend's 70s Pearl Wood-Fiberglass drums. They're in great condition! They really built these things!

Got a few cymbals with it, 14" Zildjian hi-hats and 18" Crash or Crash/Ride, but also a 16" SUPER, which I'm interested in hearing, except that someone went hog wild with the evil duct tape on it! Removing it predictably left the dried-on glue behind...argghh...how to go about it without destroying the cymbal, myself, or my house?



Dan
 

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I have a very expensive Ottaviano cymbal at the shop, left on consignment and the owner had taped it...tons of residue. I contacted Justin Ottaviano to see what he would recommend. I am aware of the usual methods but these are expensive stuff and I did not want to ruin anything. People use different stuff to protect their cymbals. He said mineral spirits. Worked like a charm.
 

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I bought a floor tom that had been "rewrapped" in duct tape. In my case I had to be concerned with getting the residue off without hurting the wrap. I ended up using WD-40. It worked great, although it took a lot of WD-40 and lots and lots of elbow grease.

With a cymbal I'd think something like acetone would make short work of it and not hurt the bronze in any way, although if it's a newer cymbal acetone would also remove any clear coat and/or inked logos on the cymbal. If you need to avoid that then WD-40 might be an option.
 

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We use both mayonnaise and peanut butter to remove pine sap after gathering green pinon pine cones, so I have no doubt it will remove glue residue.
Great for cymbals. Makes me wonder now about eating either, though.

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Smart Strip paint remover. It’s eco friendly, non-toxic and works like a charm. It’s basically alcohol paste. Removes logos, too. It’s good around the house as well.
 

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I would strongly not recommend WD-40, it's a corrosive.

I only use it for cleaning rust off of stuff.
 

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When my kitten gets some sticky ick in her fur … I toss her in the freezer for a bit to get the ick frozen and then take a hammer to it.
It usually breaks off and away cleanly.
Maybe give that a go.
 


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