Nickel over brass

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Nickel over brass

Post  paradd on Wed Jan 23, 2013 6:14 am

Me again! I am working on a project drum with nickle over brass stick chopper hoops. It almost looks like nobby gold so may have lost much of the nickel. Does anyone have a recommendation for cleaning and polishing for this material? Thanks in advance. Cheeers,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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Re: Nickel over brass

Post  paradd on Wed Jan 23, 2013 7:49 am

Also, the previous owner painted the shell, metal badge and all! Any ideas for removing the paint from the badge without destroying it would be appreciated. Cheeeers,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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Post  Andrew G on Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:47 pm

I hear cape cod cloths are the business when it comes to polishing NOB. http://www.trademe.co.nz/jewellery-watches/other/auction-553876329.htm

You could use paint thinners to remover the paint. I've done this with 2 snares that had been completely painted with rattle can spray paint and it all came off fairly easily with thinners and did not damage the chrome or badge. Probably no good for a wrapped drum. If it's a wrapped drum let us know - I read something the other day on how to remove paint from wrap and I can search it out again.

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Post  paradd on Sat Jan 26, 2013 6:27 am

Thanks yet again Andrew. Looking for cape cod polishing cloths now. The shell is not wrapped. I tried some turps but this did not remove the paint, I may have to get more vigorous but its a Leedy blue and gold badge so do not want to loose the blue if I can help it. Cheeers, Alan

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Post  Mark [Admin] on Sun Jan 27, 2013 11:57 pm

Hi Alan, apparently Lacquer thinners will remove the paint, although I'm not sure
if it will also remove the enamel so proceed with caution!

+1 on the cape cod cloths, they are best for nickel.
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Post  Andrew G on Mon Jan 28, 2013 2:37 am

I used the thinners on 2 snare drums (steel Yamaha and Dynasonic) at it didn't remove any badge paint. As mark says though, proceed with caution.

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Post  paradd on Mon Jan 28, 2013 3:01 am

Thanks guys. I have most of the paint off using my wifes (no really, I havent used nail polish for years) nail polish remover. It contains mainly acetone which is also in thinners. Cheeers,,,,

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Post  paradd on Sat Feb 09, 2013 6:10 am

Thanks for the tip on the Cape Cod cloths. They have worked well on the lugs. There has only been a marginal improvement on the hoops but they are an unusual finish. They have a stippled texture and the top has a gold colouration - Nobby gold? I have never seen Nobby gold so am not sure, it was offered as an option on request after it was discontinued but 1941??? I will post before (prepare to be horrified) and after.

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