Here at Domepan we work with various types of metals to accomplish a full range of diversified sounds. Taking care of your instrument is fairly strait forward as metals are none porous materials that just require a damp cloth with perhaps a bit of dish washing soap to clear some natural oils off it. Using solvent base products is not recommended, especially on instruments with a design. Light rust spots can be rubbed gently with a dish washing abrasive pad.

Gongs are shellac coated and should be protected from rusting. Over time you might have to re-coat it. Use natural shellac clear finish from you hardware store.

Shellac is an amazing natural product that enhances most harmonics due to the nature of it shell like composition.


If your handpan is of raw metal with no paints or designs on it, then you can us some turtle wax paste. Gives a nice soft tone to the instruments and keeps them from rusting to much. If you don't want to do the hole instrument with it then just do small areas where rust is coming out. This product contains solvents that evaporate so it's not recommended for painted instruments.