Recommendations for reconditioning heads

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Recommendations for reconditioning heads

Postby mojo4395 » Mon Nov 11, 2013 4:44 pm

I'm trying to get as much life as possible out of my drum heads. I was wondering if anyone had suggestions for what to use on the heads. I've heard everything from almond oil to straight lanolin. I was hoping someone would have a specific lotion that they could recommend that would be easy for me to purchase.
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Re: Recommendations for reconditioning heads

Postby Mike » Mon Nov 11, 2013 5:06 pm

First of all you might need to clean the skin (cold water is essential,
maybe a brush and a sponge, otherwise a piece of cloth might do).

As to reconditioning: Everybody has got his own little secret potions & stuff,
I have used pure shea butter (without any perfume additives) successfully,
but lanolin, lanolin, palm oil and the like might do the trick perfectly as well.
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Re: Recommendations for reconditioning heads

Postby mojo4395 » Mon Nov 11, 2013 5:15 pm

So basically remove the skins (something I've been wanting to do anyways to rotate the bongos), cold water and a cloth/brush to get any gunk off, and shea butter? I've used pure lanolin but I don't feel it gets absorbed by the head very well and it leaves a tacky feel for a while.
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Re: Recommendations for reconditioning heads

Postby Mike » Mon Nov 11, 2013 5:55 pm

mojo4395 wrote:So basically remove the skins (something I've been wanting to do anyways to rotate the bongos), cold water and a cloth/brush to get any gunk off, and shea butter?


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Re: Recommendations for reconditioning heads

Postby congavalde » Sat Nov 16, 2013 1:48 am

Since I've replaced my conga heads with mules, they are a different instrument. I am a huge proponent of mules, and cant think to play on anything else. Replacing the heads and going through the process was a great experience.
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