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Old 07-12-2019, 04:01 PM
Whatarethese123 Whatarethese123 is offline
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Default Cleaning calfskin heads

Hey y'all. Got a set that I'm restoring and it still has the original calfskin heads. Unfortunately, they've got dirt, stick marks, and a bunch of other stuff on them. I want to keep the heads on, because they're cool (and look great despite the dirt/stick marks for the age of the drum.

I was wondering if anyone here has experience cleaning 60+ year old calfskin heads and could lend some advice.

Any help, as always, is greatly appreciated!
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Old 07-12-2019, 04:17 PM
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Default Re: Cleaning calfskin heads

I remember this topic came up recently on this or another forum.
I have never tried this, but I do use Calf quite a lot.
For dirt and stick marks, I would try a soft scrub sponge/toothbrush with mild soap and water (or possibly a very soft rubber eraser). Work in small areas at a time and use as little water as you can, otherwise you may free the head from the fleshhoop.
For hand oil and sweat....I have no idea.
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Old 07-12-2019, 04:57 PM
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Default Re: Cleaning calfskin heads

Here are pics of what I'm dealing with. It's much worse than I remembered.
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Old 07-19-2019, 09:00 PM
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Default Re: Cleaning calfskin heads

Well, I'm responding to this for anyone who wonders this in the future.


I saw on a banjo forum that people recommended using a melamine foam eraser (a la, Mr. Clean Magic eraser). Works like...well magic. Drum heads look brand new, I didn't press very hard, and I took care about the ink logo. Took off all the stick marks, but kept the logo on.
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Old 07-19-2019, 09:11 PM
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Bravo!!
Before and after pics??
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Old 07-19-2019, 09:24 PM
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Bravo!!
Before and after pics??
Meant to say kdg, I appreciated your advice. Don't want to seem like I ignored it, but unfortunately, those stick marks were a bit too stuck on!


Before and after below. I'm not sure if I really need to point out which is which, I think it's obvious. I should say, one of the heads did have areas that were clear before, and some of the brown spots didn't come off, but oh well. Maybe those are from the cow.


Pictures.
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Old 07-19-2019, 09:47 PM
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Amazing job man!!
Those heads almost look new!
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Old 07-19-2019, 11:28 PM
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Mr. Clean strikes again! Your head really came out great!

-Mark
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Old 07-20-2019, 11:14 AM
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Wow that Magic Eraser did the trick!!!
And I was going to recommend something like this, sheesh what was I thinkin' ;-)
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Old 07-20-2019, 03:47 PM
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Yes Magic Eraser.
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