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  • Spent the good part of yesterday cleaning my acoustic drum kit

    I swear drums are a dust magnet.
    The chrome and wood is pretty shine now.

    Damn I hate dust and it seems it never brushes off with a feather duster.

    I feel bad for you guys that like a nice looking kit.

    I almost want to buy some storage cases for the whole shebang, but it's nice to just have them set up ready to play.


    I even have them covered with a couple of big king size black sheets.




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    Originally posted by Mikeo View Post
    I swear drums are a dust magnet.
    The chrome and wood is pretty shine now.

    Damn I hate dust and it seems it never brushes off with a feather duster.

    I feel bad for you guys that like a nice looking kit.

    I almost want to buy some storage cases for the whole shebang, but it's nice to just have them set up ready to play.


    I even have them covered with a couple of big king size black sheets.



    hire a drum duster?
    methinks hitting drums would shake, rattle and roll
    some of the dust
    off
    Last edited by nice keetee; 11-20-2017, 11:39 PM.

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      I do some pretty loud hitting in my practice (see avatar - those are marching clubs) It just makes dust try harder.
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        Originally posted by nice keetee View Post

        hire a drum duster?
        methinks hitting drums would shake, rattle and roll
        some of the dust
        off

        My wife dusts pretty well, I could retrainer her or cross train her to deep clean my drum kit.
        Last edited by Mikeo; 11-21-2017, 04:39 PM.
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            Originally posted by nice keetee View Post
            This is important stuff, my friend.

            I think I'm gonna get one of these polishing balls.

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              shiny polished parts, a clean machine
              covers washed often
              dust bunnies

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                Originally posted by Mikeo View Post
                I swear drums are a dust magnet.
                The chrome and wood is pretty shine now.

                Damn I hate dust and it seems it never brushes off with a feather duster.
                Feather dusters just move the dust around a bit.

                What you want is a Swiffer Duster. They work great for getting rid of the dust on musical instruments and equipment of all kinds. I would hate to be without them - they're essential studio gear IMO. You may still want to polish up the chrome and brass once you're done, but if used semi-regularly, they'll keep the wood / shell wrap clean on your kit.



                I even have them covered with a couple of big king size black sheets.
                Regular sheets are porous and will allow dust to get through. Most gear covers are made of vinyl or something else similarly impermeable. I'd recommend a vinyl shower curtain as a cheap drum dust cover...
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                  Honestly, people don't realize just how dirty a drum kit can get just from sitting. A place dust really likes to hide is in the area between the rim and drum head. An can of compressed air can also be a good thing but it will just release the dust into the air where it will once again settle. One natural finish and laquered drums, you'll want to be careful wiping dust off as you can damage the finish with micro scratches. As Phil mentions ... a static cling duster is a great thing to have. For the most part, just keeping it dusted weekly can go a long way.

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                    Originally posted by Dendy Jarrett View Post
                    Honestly, people don't realize just how dirty a drum kit can get just from sitting. A place dust really likes to hide is in the area between the rim and drum head. An can of compressed air can also be a good thing but it will just release the dust into the air where it will once again settle. One natural finish and laquered drums, you'll want to be careful wiping dust off as you can damage the finish with micro scratches. As Phil mentions ... a static cling duster is a great thing to have. For the most part, just keeping it dusted weekly can go a long way.

                    I used some canned air.
                    For the chrome I used a polish called Metal Gloss, which is amazing chrome cleaner.

                    The bottle looks like this. I got it from a friend that I went to a motorcycle show with. Drums are kind of like motorcycles in a why. you either playing/ ridding them or cleaning them. If you want them to look nice.

                    I have a Yamaha digital kit that I keep in a box, when I'm not messing with the thing.
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                      Griot's Garage has a spray on/wipe off wax and a detailer for between waxes that I've found to be great. Once available online only, you can now get the product at AutoZone.

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