Stainless steel care

tillerva

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Greetings . Just picked up a stainless steel kit in fairly rough shape. From what I understand they were from the storage unit of a club, maybe the house kit.
anyway. started cleaning the shells to sell how they turn out, and many scratches are evident. anyway way to ameliorate that?
also some dents. Is the support plate shown original?
Finally, what heads do y’all like on these? Big Beat- 12,13,16,22

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Yes, support plates were installed in bass drums to add strength for tom mount. Dings/dents need patience and a rubber mallet. You can buff the shells by hand, or carefully with a buffer or orbital polisher...use rubbing compound (red brick type stuff). The shells were not originally highly buffed, but can be a mirror-like finish if desired. Great vids from a well versed Ludwig resto guy, Wally Dellenbach, on youtube. Search Ludwig Stainless Wally Dellenbach and you fill find 4 vids from him on Stainless resto and buffing. Elbow grease and patience are the major components needed!
 

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Dave, thanks for the tips on care. These are right rough so not sure how far I’ll go with them.
Did SS drums have any sort of gaskets as shown? The owner had put foam in the lugs and a cardboard gasket in the spur mounts so I’m guessing they did this too.
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BTW, Gray foam in the lugs was standard practice on these from the factory.
Interesting, I never realized that. Were the rubber pieces shown above factory?
 


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