2012 Lawton Drum Company

Remove the Remo imprint

Q: Is there any way to remove the REMO imprint from a coated drumhead without ruining the coating?

A: Yes. A few years ago, I stumbled across a way to remove REMO imprints without harming the coated surface. We had placed an order with REMO for unimprinted, coated drumheads for a Rogers restoration project. We had ordered a Rogers USA rubber stamp from our local print shop, and they advised that we use a special type of ink that was formulated for use on plastic surfaces. In addition, we also needed the proper ink thinner to keep the ink pad from drying out as well as for clean up. My first attempt to imprint a head was unsuccessful and the head appeared to be ruined. Since I had nothing to lose, I poured some of the thinner on the head in an attempt to clean off the botched logo. Much to my surprise, the ink came off and the coating stayed on! I then took a factory imprinted REMO head and tried the thinner on that imprint, and the results were the same. The thinner we used is called "JUSTRITE" Thinner & Cleaner, which is a product of the Louis Melind Company of Skokie, IL 60077. It works well if you apply enough thinner to cover the imprint and allow it to set for one to two minutes. Then, using a paper towel, rub back and forth over the imprint to clean the ink off the head. You may need to repeat this a few times until all the ink is gone. If you need to remove imprints from clear, smooth white, or ebony heads, lacquer thinner also works well. Please use caution when using these products. Read the manufacturers instructions and precautions.