Is there hope for this head?

red66charger

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I searched the forum for information on this before creating a new thread. I am interested in knowing if there is a way to clean an old coated drum head. Most of the comments on this subject are "why not just buy a new head?". Well, because I want to use factory branded heads on the resonant sides of my toms.

So...has anyone had success cleaning old heads? I realize one is well used. I cleaned a similar aged head with scrubbing bubbles and it definitely cleaned the surface dirt, but the head still has old marks (it's the head on the brown cloth).

While my Camco heads are coated heads the dirtiest on is pretty smoothed out. It was obviously used as a batter head so I doubt I'll be able to do much with it.

Not sure if any of you are the ones that made this video, but I found this on YouTube where someone is uses Goo Gone Extreme and the results are a little surprising (you may want to turn the sound off...):


Interested to hear if any of you had success cleaning old heads. And if anyone has a clean 13" LA logo'd Camco head, hit me up.

Thanks in advance.
 

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It crossed my mind, to have the logo if they are Drum centric like yours (or mine that say "Gretsch Broadkaster" looking into rubber ink stamps made to re-stamp New heads, but you'd also still have the drumhead makers stamp also somewhere on the head.
Good Luck with your Clean job it will make a difference. appearance -wise..
 

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I've cleaned lots of dirty & marked drumheads using Ajax or Comet powder and a scrub brush.

Sprinkle the Ajax onto the head, get the brush wet and use the circular motion. Let the resulting paste sit on the head for 10 mins, then resume circular scrubbing, rinse and towel dry. That's about all you can do that I know of. Some used heads never release the black stick marks completely.
 

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Had good results w Mr clean magic erasers and above method as well
Good idea. Never tried a magic eraser on a head but those things work on all sorts things. I thought they were a bit of a gimmick till I tried one but they are great. Cheap and easy to try and if it doesn't work you could use it on something else.
 

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I've cleaned lots of dirty & marked drumheads using Ajax or Comet powder and a scrub brush.

Sprinkle the Ajax onto the head, get the brush wet and use the circular motion. Let the resulting paste sit on the head for 10 mins, then resume circular scrubbing, rinse and towel dry. That's about all you can do that I know of. Some used heads never release the black stick marks completely.
Works for me every time (barkeeper's friend too) though I use one of those scrubbing sponges. I just avoid scrubbing the logo if I want to keep it there.
 

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