The washer picture was more to show how bad the rust was. The humidity was trapped inside and before I tried removing any of the hardware, I wanted to ask for advise to make sure I wasn't going to get in a situation where the head of the bolt would break off and it would be a nightmare to fix it (none of that happened.
Once again this is my first "attempt" at a drum restoration and I thought maybe someone who would have had trouble with a breaking bolt head would have looked at the photo and told me "try this instead of a more obvious method to remove the hardware".
But all of the hardware is now off the drum and i'm starting to clean the inside paint.
That`s good thinking and a great approach.
You`re at the right site, their are plenty here that have done many resto`s.
New washers and screws were suggested. That`s good advise, the old one`s will rust again and ruin the resto. If you go clear inside, the rust will go in the grain.
I`m seeing electrolysis taking place. The non ferrous metal is coming into contact with steel/Iron. I don`t know which metals are which, but it`s tell tale signs are there.(Brass badge steel grommet for instance)
After you clean all the hardware, you will see missing pieces of plating. Those will quickly rust up again in a few months. The best way to delay that for a long time is to use liquid car wax and polish a bit. Unless you re-plate, you will need to re wax every now and again.
Wouldn't the grommet be brass on this one originally?