First time deep cleaning hardware. How to?

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I’m getting the hardware from my Pearl fiberglass kit ready to go on a new Summit kit and want it to look new as possible. I know there are many choices and methods for cleaning it up, and I’m not sure where to start.

Meguiar’s comes to mind and I’ve heard of soaking lugs and tension rods in Coca Cola. Would that be the first step?

Give this noob a primer on hardware cleaning if you would.
 

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The best way I have found and use( if you have the items) are a Ultrasonic Cleaner and Vibratory Polisher. I then follow w/wax.

Otherwise a bath in Dawn Detergent and Whites Diamond Metal Polish.(my favorite Metal Polish and I’ve tried a lot) Without seeing condition of what you’re going to clean tough to recommend exactly. Sometimes a rust remover is needed etc.
 

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I don’t think there is any rust involved. While I don’t have the ultrasonic thing and the polisher, I have Dawn and can get the Whites Polish. I appreciate the advice.
 

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Usually warm soapy water (Dawn) and an electric tooth brush does the trick for me. Sometimes I follow up with a chrome polish if needed.
 

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Soak tension rods in STP Gas Treatment ( ventilation needed).
Take out after 24 hours.
Put each rod in A paper towel and run your drill driver with lug bit up and down to clean each rod.
You can use .0000 Fine Steel Wool on each rod as well though wear rubber gloves or you will have micro cuts.
Hardware lugs and hoops I use fine steel wool, this is about elbow grease here.
And while you’re at taking everything off the drum, change every screw and washer to stainless steel so you never have to deal with moisture rusting them. Purists balk at this as they like to keep it original. You choice.
 

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I’m getting the hardware from my Pearl fiberglass kit ready to go on a new Summit kit and want it to look new as possible. I know there are many choices and methods for cleaning it up, and I’m not sure where to start.

Meguiar’s comes to mind and I’ve heard of soaking lugs and tension rods in Coca Cola. Would that be the first step?

Give this noob a primer on hardware cleaning if you would.
For me, post disassembly, is everything goes through the dishwasher. That will cut the oil's and grunge off. Then, anything rusted goes in a Rust Arrestor bath, 12 to 24 hrs. Rinse in clean water. Any remaining crust is then brushed with a brass bristled brush. Next, a quick wipe with Windex.Then polished with White Diamond polish (I found it on Amazon).And finally a coat of Meguires carnuba wax. I have had some success spraying clear lacquer on some small badly damaged parts like claws, but even Mohawk metal Lacquer will chip on large surfaces. One tip though, after the rust eraser removes the iron from the rust it leaves the carbon part of the steel, so it appears dark. That needs to be protected to prevent re-rust. And, to submerge stands completely in Rust Arrestor, get a 2 foot piece of PVC pipe, cap one end, insert stand, fill tube. For rims soak in round plastic saucer that goes under flower pots. They make them up to 24".This will let you use the liquid over and over. THEN you'll be ready for that coke. Good luck.
 

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If your kit is in reasonably good shape with no rust or obvious "white corrosion" on lug fasteners, I wouldn't bother with removing lugs. If the fasteners look shiny then the internals almost certainly are as well.
You shouldn't need anything more aggressive than Dawn solution, Windex, and Chrome Polish (I like turtle wax brand). Dawn and Windex get any old grime and build up off the chrome. Use Windex for your final
wash/rinse. Then dry. Then chrome polish. For tension rods or other fasteners, soak in regular white vinegar for 20-30 minutes - swish 'em for 30 seconds every 5 minutes. You might have all this stuff at home already.
Some little round or square tubs for soaking hoops, legs, and those bigger parts. Buy a bunch of cheap micro-fiber cloths (12x12) at Walmart at $8-10//pack. Your kit will be at the 95% level with just these simple iitems.
If you want that extra 5% that is very hard to discern from more than a foot away.....then go the higher tech routes. I just do it all by hand. For heavily rusted metal parts, the higher tech versions will save a lot of time.
 

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Hot water, Dawn bath and an old toothbrush to start. You can also use a NON-abrasive sponge (in hot soapy water) for more difficult issues........
 

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Soak tension rods in STP Gas Treatment ( ventilation needed).
Take out after 24 hours.
Put each rod in A paper towel and run your drill driver with lug bit up and down to clean each rod.
You can use .0000 Fine Steel Wool on each rod as well though wear rubber gloves or you will have micro cuts.
Hardware lugs and hoops I use fine steel wool, this is about elbow grease here.
And while you’re at taking everything off the drum, change every screw and washer to stainless steel so you never have to deal with moisture rusting them. Purists balk at this as they like to keep it original. You choice.
I ain’t no purist!
 

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Looks like there are a multitude of ways to clean up hardware. I’ll start simple and work my way up if needed.

Plenty of Dawn, vinegar, wd-40 and toothbrushes here. I’ll order up some white chrome polish.

Thanks for the info!
 

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Go get yourself a little plastic tub of ‘Wood Bleach’ at HD or Lowe’s - active ingredient Oxalic acid. Make a bucket of solution (water and wood bleach) and soak the parts in it overnight. You will be astounded. I promise you it will blow away anything you can do with polishes or coca-cola or any of that. This makes horrifying looking old motorcycle parts look like NOS, you wouldn’t believe it. It’s gentle enough to remove ALL the crud that’s dulling up the chrome, but doesn’t hurt the chrome itself at all. It’s cheap, it’s easy, but more importantly it’s the hands down best restorative treatment for chromed metal.
 

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Go get yourself a little plastic tub of ‘Wood Bleach’ at HD or Lowe’s - active ingredient Oxalic acid. Make a bucket of solution (water and wood bleach) and soak the parts in it overnight. You will be astounded. I promise you it will blow away anything you can do with polishes or coca-cola or any of that. This makes horrifying looking old motorcycle parts look like NOS, you wouldn’t believe it. It’s gentle enough to remove ALL the crud that’s dulling up the chrome, but doesn’t hurt the chrome itself at all. It’s cheap, it’s easy, but more importantly it’s the hands down best restorative treatment for chromed metal.
Cool. I'd not heard of wood bleach before. I'll try at least one lug in it first.

It might be a week or two before I can get started cleaning but I figured it was time to research. Turned into a good thread.
 

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I've used Wood Bleach, Dawn, Mineral Spirits, plain water and other chemicals and a ultrasonic cleaner. Invest in an ultrasonic! Cut out the booze, bitches, porno and dope for a week and get one! Being a drummer and not having one is like a surgeon having the scalpel blade and not the friggin handle. Get one!! I have a quart and a gallon-sized one. I drop in anything that'll fit. Motorcycle chains or pedal chains. Padlocks or ratchet handles. Drum lugs and screws. Greasy and grungy door knobs. Bolts or nuts. I can just drop the whole pistol in one with naphtha! Gun bolt carriers, anything. Crank bearings, Wheel bearings, Killer. Anything but glass. They'll etch glass. If you bought phoney wedding rings with phoney diamonds don't ever use the ultrasonic. Your old lady will kill you because they WILL etch that crappy zarconia glass. The Ultrasonic, absolute perfection. For cleaning my cymbals, rims, pedals, stands and larger items I have access to use the coffin-sized one at the nearby Airbase or Army base further south. Don't think about it. Get one!! If'n you're into re-habbing drums, you'd be an idiot not to have an ultrasonic cleaner. Get one!
 
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I've used Wood Bleach, Dawn, Mineral Spirits, plain water and other chemicals and a ultrasonic cleaner. Invest in an ultrasonic! Cut out the booze, bitches, porno and dope for a week and get one! Being a drummer and not having one is like a surgeon having the scalpel blade and not the friggin handle. Get one!! I have a quart and a gallon-sized one. I drop in anything that'll fit. Motorcycle chains or pedal chains. Padlocks or ratchet handles. Drum lugs and screws. Greasy and grungy door knobs. Bolts or nuts. I can just drop the whole pistol in one with naphtha! Gun bolt carriers, anything. Crank bearings, Wheel bearings, Killer. Anything but glass. They'll etch glass. If you bought phoney wedding rings with phoney diamonds don't ever use the ultrasonic. Your old lady will kill you because they WILL etch that crappy zarconia glass. The Ultrasonic, absolute perfection. For cleaning my cymbals, rims, pedals, stands and larger items I have access to use the coffin-sized one at the nearby Airbase or Army base further south. Don't think about it. Get one!! If'n you're into re-habbing drums, you'd be an idiot not to have an ultrasonic cleaner. Get one!
I'd be interested in one for the time saved not washing everything by hand. That sounds like a good idea to me.
 

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Go get yourself a little plastic tub of ‘Wood Bleach’ at HD or Lowe’s - active ingredient Oxalic acid. Make a bucket of solution (water and wood bleach) and soak the parts in it overnight. You will be astounded. I promise you it will blow away anything you can do with polishes or coca-cola or any of that. This makes horrifying looking old motorcycle parts look like NOS, you wouldn’t believe it. It’s gentle enough to remove ALL the crud that’s dulling up the chrome, but doesn’t hurt the chrome itself at all. It’s cheap, it’s easy, but more importantly it’s the hands down best restorative treatment for chromed metal.
BarKeepers Friend powder or paste cleanser also contains oxalic acid. It literally eats the crud.
 

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Go get yourself a little plastic tub of ‘Wood Bleach’ at HD or Lowe’s - active ingredient Oxalic acid. Make a bucket of solution (water and wood bleach) and soak the parts in it overnight. You will be astounded. I promise you it will blow away anything you can do with polishes or coca-cola or any of that. This makes horrifying looking old motorcycle parts look like NOS, you wouldn’t believe it. It’s gentle enough to remove ALL the crud that’s dulling up the chrome, but doesn’t hurt the chrome itself at all. It’s cheap, it’s easy, but more importantly it’s the hands down best restorative treatment for chromed metal.
Does this work on cymbals? I’m afraid to try it.
 

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I'd be interested in one for the time saved not washing everything by hand. That sounds like a good idea to me.
I guarantee you won't regret it. It will come mighty handy cleaning a ton of other things. It is a standard when I repack my bearings as the solvent breaks down the grease and I'm able to see how much metal has worn. I use them for cleaning my airbrushes too. You'd be surprised at what it will clean with just plain water. They ain't cheap! It will pay for itself many, many times over. My uncle will bring in his dentures and bridge and they'll leave my house like new. The bigger, the better. Get one!
 
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