Gummy Lugs!

ellaguru

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...no, its not the new candy from Starburst, its whats inside the lugs on a Slingerland 14"x14" 1966 floor tom i just purchased. My guess is a 40 year old glob of Vaseline or something similar. Tension rods exhibit a small amount of rust on the threads as well. Any guidance as to cleaning them properly?

Thanks in advance..
 
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Rubber gloves. Take all the pieces apart. Use paper towels to wipe the gunk off as much as you can. Q-tips for inside the grooves. Then soak all in a hot water/Dawn bath overnight.....
that's for starters! Rusted rods can be cleaned with a metal toothbrush and some WD40.....
 

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Along with the overnight soaking, I would personally add white vinegar. I used aluminum foil and warm water on some used Tama hoops I purchased recently, it got a lot of the mild rust off and shined them up nicely. Something I saw on youtube. Good luck
 

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ill be putting new tension rods on for sure, i just want to do the inner cleaning correctly...and only once!
 

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Along with the overnight soaking, I would personally add white vinegar. I used aluminum foil and warm water on some used Tama hoops I purchased recently, it got a lot of the mild rust off and shined them up nicely. Something I saw on youtube. Good luck
I did an overnight soak in regular vinegar (only, not diluted) and the next day, the chrome had taken on a dull nickel finish - I guess a little would not hurt, but I would not use full vinegar. Luckily, for those parts, I "aged" them a bit more to make them look vintage so it worked out for another project.
 

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Not sure why people never mentions SOS pads. They work great! Maybe they don't have them in the states.
 

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I did an overnight soak in regular vinegar (only, not diluted) and the next day, the chrome had taken on a dull nickel finish - I guess a little would not hurt, but I would not use full vinegar. Luckily, for those parts, I "aged" them a bit more to make them look vintage so it worked out for another project.
Interesting. . .I've not dealt with that yet. Yeah, I don't even use a cup full.
 

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Not sure why people never mentions SOS pads. They work great! Maybe they don't have them in the states.
Yikes!!! No!!! SOS = steel wool plus scouring powder. This will scratch your chrome for sure.
 

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If you’re going to ‘get in deep’ in the cleaning/polishing part of drums(which I enjoy!) you might want to get yourself a Ultrasonic cleaner and a vibratory polisher.
 

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Make sure to clean out the tension rod inserts as well. You wouldn't believe how much of the gunk from the inside of a lug ends up in there as well. I use brake cleaner to soak the really, really nasty stuff and there's usually whole globs of grease that fall out of the inserts. It's disgusting...
 
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