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    Well I got my snare all cleaned up and noticed some small scratches on it. I thought about going to Walmart and buying some touch up paint. Would that be a good ideal for my Ludwig acrolite snare. The snare is steel and I guess it's a gray metal color. Any advice?

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    Do what ever you want---you are free to destroy you own property---just don't expect to ever sell it with cheap chinese paint on it! It's worth more with scratches than it is with a crappy re-paint!

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    If your Ludwig Acrolite has the anodized aluminum finish you'll need to get aluminum anodized touch up paint if you decide to go that route. I would think that pens would be best for scratches. I would also suggest top of the line paint if you can get it. You might have to experiment to get the color right.

    Or you can just leave it as is and consider it a player's drum ...

    Good luck!
    Last edited by dangermoney; 06-16-2017 at 08:21 PM.

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    Unless it looks really shabby I would leave it alone Personally I wouldn't worry too much about a few scratches and scuffs on a used drum, but if you do decide to refurbish I would recoat the entire drum - not really worth the time and effort if it is only a few light scratches on the coating, and if you do repaint it - it will probably be worth less.

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    Whatever you do to it you will STILL get your hundred bucks back for it . Around here those drums with NO HOOPS and heads get that much . Maybe some guy will tell you it's not worth the $100 and they can just move along but someone else will gladly give you the money .
    If you are on Facebook join the Ludwig Drum Collectors group . The people there are a wealth of information and can help you with your snare .
    Good luck !

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    I highly reccomend watching rdavidr's video on YouTube about his acrolite. I think he went over cleaning the actual shell.
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    Good advice ,thank you. I have decided to not paint it at all. Besides it cleaned up really nice. Now for new heads and strings for the snares.

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    You could use a dull aluminum paint and small brush to touch it up. If it's not too bad and it's a vintage '70s B/O badge, I'd probably just leave it alone. A few scratches give it that "road worn" character...like old blue jeans and guitars!

    I would love to find an acrolite that's all scratched up. I'd strip it and either give it a wire brush satin finish or polish it.
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    me personally would just clean up the shell best I could and leave the scratches alone.

    Do you have any pics?
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