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Old 04-16-2018, 04:45 AM
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Default Drum badges how were they made?

There was a recent topic on the one of the FB Slingerland drum pages about the different colors used on some Slingerland cloud badges. And how to restore them. In specific the early cloud badges. I never really thought much about it until the topic came up. There's some pretty savy guys there. But no one seemed to know how they were mass produced. I thought maybe embossed or debossed metal stamping. Until I saw the back of a Slingerland cloud badge. It was flat. This suggests a possible casting process?? And how was the enamel paint applied? I guess this would be the same process Gretsch used? And maybe still uses today?Anyone that can shed some light on the topic? If anyone can add front and back pictures of different badges please do! The process may have been changed or altered over the years.
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Old 04-16-2018, 07:33 AM
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Default Re: Drum badges how were they made?

Gretsch and Ludwig obtained their badges from outside vendors that specialized in that sort of product. My guess is that Slingerland did the same.
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Old 04-16-2018, 07:44 AM
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These Badges were done with a pressing machine' as it pressed on metal it made the indentation on metal and painted at same time.

Some can be restored if not worn out. Its very easy. Here is how to restore faded color.
1) Clean Badge with soap and water
2) if has faded paint then use paint remover and then Clean it with metal cleaner
3) put paint color You wish and spray the badge
4) using a pin or Razor blade trace the letters as they stand out then spray lacquer to preserve them. One all that is done remount on your drums

Here You have photo of before and after
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Old 04-16-2018, 08:52 AM
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Gretsch and Ludwig obtained their badges from outside vendors that specialized in that sort of product. My guess is that Slingerland did the same.
Thanks KO. I can see them doing that. Thanks!
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Old 04-16-2018, 08:59 AM
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These Badges were done with a pressing machine' as it pressed on metal it made the indentation on metal and painted at same time.

Some can be restored if not worn out. Its very easy. Here is how to restore faded color.
1) Clean Badge with soap and water
2) if has faded paint then use paint remover and then Clean it with metal cleaner
3) put paint color You wish and spray the badge
4) using a pin or Razor blade trace the letters as they stand out then spray lacquer to preserve them. One all that is done remount on your drums

Here You have photo of before and after

That is a beautiful reso you did on that badge! Do you know what that press and print process is called? I've googled till the cows came home with 0 results. Would be really cool to learn all about it for me thanks!

Yes I plan to try a resto on mine. Tedious as the badge has never been removed. So any work has to be done with it on the shell. Just makes it a bit harder to setup for. My eyes are not the best so my mag glass light will help me greatly. Good to see close up details with. Thank you for that info it's very helpful!
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Old 04-16-2018, 12:50 PM
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The pressing machine look like this in photo with the Slingerland Logo and as you press down it stamps the metal with its logo.

IF you are going to restore I recommend take badge off. You are going to have to clean it properly to re paint you can get the grommet on Ebay to replace old one.

If you have a problem painting badge send it to me. I can get it done at a cost of $35.00 for you as long that its not worn out.
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Old 04-17-2018, 01:06 AM
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Very good thank you~! Yes I agree the best way is to remove the badge. I'll see how it goes but may take you up on that offer. Thank you so much for that.
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