What do you guys do for maintenance on your studio kits? sean
I am specifically interested in finish tips. Treat them like a guitar?
Polishing old chrome hardware? I have seen 0000 steel wool and spirits to smooth out pitting issues.
Thought this should go in DIY since it is a hands on thing that could be useful for restoration as well.
Nevr-Dull Magic Wadding polish witrh a couple drops of Zildjian cymbal polish for your cymbals to deliver that "unearthly shine" seen on many concert kits. You can use the Nevr-Dull straight to clean and polish all other metal.
Stuff stinks like hell and may be subject to some environmental controls, but it's the best for what it does. Used to be (and may still be) found at truck stops for polishing the brightwork.
Edit: Credit where it's due - thanks to the old BOC touring crew for the tip.
Human sweat is corrosive. Touch an unpolished cymbal and leave it for a while and you'll see the fingerprints start to turn the metal colors.. Generally, just wipe up sweat and spit and whatever else the drummer gets on the metalwork and finish with a non-harsh cleaner and you should be good for the long haul.