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Old 07-22-2021, 03:54 PM
Robzildjian Robzildjian is offline
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Default Ludwig Concert Tom Bottom Hoop Restoration

I have a Ludwig Concert Tom bottom aluminium rim that needs light restoration. Has anybody polished these up with say wire wool? These are a little dented and the finish needs improving. Advice appreciated.

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Old 07-23-2021, 01:58 AM
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Default Re: Ludwig Concert Tom Bottom Hoop Restoration

Post up a pic of what you have,, (Eg: concert toms don't usually sport a bottom hoop)??

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Old 07-23-2021, 02:09 AM
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Default Re: Ludwig Concert Tom Bottom Hoop Restoration

It’s similar to this. Sorry it is a rim not a hoop - edited my post now. It’s removed from the drum at the moment.
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Old 07-23-2021, 05:59 AM
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Default Re: Ludwig Concert Tom Bottom Hoop Restoration

They are made from anodized aluminum. Steel wool will scratch them. I would use a polish like Flitz or Simichrome.

Pictures of the actual pieces in question would be helpful.
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Old 07-23-2021, 06:07 AM
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Default Re: Ludwig Concert Tom Bottom Hoop Restoration

Some photos of the actual item. The previous owner has already removed some of the anodising unfortunately so I think i have to remove it all then polish and perhaps wax.
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Old 07-25-2021, 09:06 PM
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Default Re: Ludwig Concert Tom Bottom Hoop Restoration

Autosol Metal polish & soft cloth does a decent job on aluminium... I use it on shells, lugs & any metal fittings. I recently added a little "pizzaz" to an exposed section of a Remo BD aluminium hoop on my drum...

A tube seems to last forever too...
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Old 07-29-2021, 12:21 AM
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Default Re: Ludwig Concert Tom Bottom Hoop Restoration

I agree that Flitz works great. For those deep scratches and chips, you can try smoothing them with very fine emory cloth. I would start with 1000 or 1500. It will leave a slightly flatter (less shiny) appearance, but will blend in better than the scratches and nicks. First test the abrasive on a small section on the inside of the trim that won’t be seen when installed on the drum.
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Old 07-29-2021, 01:19 AM
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Default Re: Ludwig Concert Tom Bottom Hoop Restoration

Thanks - great advice.
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Old 07-29-2021, 01:03 PM
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Default Re: Ludwig Concert Tom Bottom Hoop Restoration

Having seen them, I probably would use a scotchbrite pad and give them a brushed finish and then clear coat them.
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Old 07-31-2021, 07:24 AM
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Default Re: Ludwig Concert Tom Bottom Hoop Restoration

Check with local auto restoration shops. They can or know of someone who polishes aluminum trim on car restoration. They should be able to do the work or advise how to polish without scratching.
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