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Old 08-30-2019, 12:48 PM
ronnie gill ronnie gill is offline
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Default 70s Ludwig Shells Clear Coat Interior or Not?

Hi Vintage Drum Forum Friends,
I have a question. I am in the process of restoring a set of early 70s Ludwig Mod Orange and am debating whether I should clear coat the interior of the shells especially the bass drum??? It is a maple shell with re-rings. I believe these were originally clear coated. The coating is pretty much worn off. My thought is to re-clear coat them, to help protect them and I think the shells look nicer. Your thoughts please.
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Old 08-30-2019, 04:33 PM
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Can you post some pics?

My thought is if you do refinish the interiors it might effect the value of them and mod orange is hard one to find.
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Old 08-30-2019, 05:57 PM
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Use wax.
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Old 08-31-2019, 09:24 AM
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Hi guys. Thank you for your thoughts and information. I never thought of the wax idea. Are you referring to Min Wax? I like that idea. I will definitely post pictures when I’m done.
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Old 08-31-2019, 09:59 AM
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Hi guys. Thank you for your thoughts and information. I never thought of the wax idea. Are you referring to Min Wax? I like that idea. I will definitely post pictures when Iím done.
Thank you
Ronnie
I recommend Beeswax. Natural beeswax, it will go on wet, and dry as if you did nothing. Even after several coasts, which I also recommend, it will appear that you did nothing but if you throw water on it, it will bead and roll off. It lasts a long time in a drum.

Other waxes will grab the grain and stain or darken the wood. Beeswax contains no petroleum byproducts.
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Old 08-31-2019, 11:40 AM
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I recommend Beeswax. Natural beeswax, it will go on wet, and dry as if you did nothing. Even after several coasts, which I also recommend, it will appear that you did nothing but if you throw water on it, it will bead and roll off. It lasts a long time in a drum.

Other waxes will grab the grain and stain or darken the wood. Beeswax contains no petroleum byproducts.
That's good to know.

Would you do this strictly to protect the shell, or does it also change the tone somewhat?
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Old 08-31-2019, 11:43 AM
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That's good to know.

Would you do this strictly to protect the shell, or does it also change the tone somewhat?
It has zero effect on the shell.
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Old 08-31-2019, 11:46 AM
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While you have the heads off, it also makes sense to run a white candle along the bearing edges. It really helps with tuning. The head wont skip over, it will slide easy.
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Old 08-31-2019, 12:35 PM
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While you have the heads off, it also makes sense to run a white candle along the bearing edges. It really helps with tuning. The head wont skip over, it will slide easy.
Another great tip!
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Old 08-31-2019, 03:26 PM
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Butchers wax very good too
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