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Old 09-27-2015, 06:38 PM
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Hi. I have 3 drumkits to restore and decided to begin with this "Made in Japan" Tama Swingstar (red badge).

Sizes
Bass drum: 22"x14"
Toms: 12"x8" and 13"x9"
Floor Toom: 16"x16"

The wrap was painted black by previous owner, the real color is a kind of Blue. I need your help to remove the black paint and let the wrap shine.

The kit misses the bass drum spurs and the floor tom legs. The bass drum has 3 broken lugs and a broken wood hoop that I want to replace by the original.

The chrome is rusted in some areas but I think I can make it look good with cleaning and polish.
The shell interiors are OK and the bearing edges are fine, I think.

I took off all the hardware and I'm ready to start the cleaning process.
By the way, can you help me to identify the manufacture year?

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Old 09-27-2015, 11:58 PM
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There's always some imbecile who thought he'd make his drums look "cool" by painting over the original finish and totally destroying the drum kit's aesthetics.. With that being said, I would use Circa 1850 Soft Strip to remove the paint, as it is mild and won't ruin the finish that's underneath..
Btw, You have to re-size your pics, as they're taking up the entire page.. Show us the results when your done !
Good luck

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Old 09-28-2015, 12:04 AM
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Are Tama lugs Ludwig copies? They look remarkably like some Ludwigs I have...
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Old 09-28-2015, 06:01 AM
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There's always some imbecile who thought he'd make his drums look "cool" by painting over the original finish and totally destroying the drum kit's aesthetics.. With that being said, I would use Circa 1850 Soft Strip to remove the paint, as it is mild and won't ruin the finish that's underneath..
Btw, You have to re-size your pics, as they're taking up the entire page.. Show us the results when your done !
Good luck
Thanks for the warning! I forgot to resize the pictures. It's fixed now.
I'll post photos of the restoration process later. Cheers
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Old 09-28-2015, 06:03 AM
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Are Tama lugs Ludwig copies? They look remarkably like some Ludwigs I have...
This Tama hardware is very similar to Ludwig
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Old 09-28-2015, 06:53 AM
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Default Re: Tama Swingstar - Restoration Project

I have a 7 piece concert tom set of similar vintage also awaiting restoration. The silver wrap has delaminated from the inside out and needs replacement. Very rusty/scabby chrome and stands. UGH...
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Old 09-28-2015, 07:26 AM
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I have a 7 piece concert tom set of similar vintage also awaiting restoration. The silver wrap has delaminated from the inside out and needs replacement. Very rusty/scabby chrome and stands. UGH...
Nothing is impossible. Sometimes a good cleaning and polish is enough to let the chrome shinny. The problem here is the time you need to do it
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Old 09-28-2015, 06:14 PM
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Today I tried to remove the black paint with synthetic thinner.
I started in a place where the paint was weak and I could see traces of the "blue" finish. The paint didn't come off easily and it will take forever to clean 3 toms and the bassdrum.
I'm thinking of use 1000 sandpaper or so to take it off easily but then I'll have to remove the scratches that caused dull effect, I think it will be harder to polish.
I read about Novus (3,2,1) but don't know what type of scratches it can remove.
Can you help me decide what to do? Thanks!











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