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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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