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Safely Removing Mfgr Logo From Drum Heads


When you want to place an aftermarket Rogers logo on your bass drum head, you'll want to first remove the head manufacturer's logo. In the case of the newer Remo inscription, this logo is HUGE and extremely unsightly.

I have experimented with three different chemicals used in automobile restoration, and only one works effectively. Two of them remove the coating on the head! Beware!

Acetone is safe, as long as you don't scrub hard. Then again, even soap and water would remove the weak coating on Remo heads, which I think are inferior to Aquarian. DO NOT USE lacquer thinner or enamel reducer. These two chemicals are stronger than acetone and melt the head coating.

The below photos show the results of removing the logo from a brand new Remo 20" Ambassador. I applied acetone liberally three times on three clean shop towels. I did not scrub hard, but I used enough pressure to remove the ink about 99%, as shown below. The last shot is back lit with a strong lamp. If any coating had been removed, you'd see a "hole" in this photo for certain. In that last shot the logo is to the right at about 1:00. It was faint enough that I couldn't see it to position it at 12:00!

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Re: Safely Removing Mfgr Logo From Drum Heads


That's excellent advise.

Do you have a formula for Fiberskyn? I usually end up using 220 grit sand paper to get rid of the residue in the grain.

I also turn the spot of the former logo to the 6:00 position if it isn't covered by the decal.

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Re: Safely Removing Mfgr Logo From Drum Heads


Bigtone, I have a Fibreskin on my 20" BD. The acetone trick worked fine.
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Re: Safely Removing Mfgr Logo From Drum Heads


I'm resurrecting this thread because I need to remove the remo logo on my new ambassador BD head to put the rogers logo on.
Is acetone still the way to go?
Tommy, you mention shop towels? Are you referring to the blue paper shop towel that you buy in rolls, or white rags used in the shop?
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Yes, acetone does the trick, and the blue paper shop towels work fine. Just remember to be liberal with the first application of the acetone. It won't appear to be doing anything for 10 seconds or so. Meanwhile blot lightly, don't rub. When the logo starts coming off on the towel you can rub lightly--but not too long, only until the logo is gone.
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