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Old 05-23-2009, 05:34 PM
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Painting drums

I was wondering if it's okay, or safe to paint drums? Because currently my set is a Silver Sparkle, but I want it an ebony, or a blackish color. Also it possible to paint the rims? Like the place where u put the lugs and stuff?
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Old 05-23-2009, 05:44 PM
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Re: Painting drums

It is possible but not as easy as it sounds.

Many companies make drum 'wrap' which you have to remove all the hardware, stick a new wrap around on the drum, then redrill the holoes through the new wrap and reassemble.

Have a look on flEabay for drum wrap and you will get a good idea of variety and price.
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Old 05-23-2009, 09:12 PM
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Re: Painting drums

I think if you paint the drums you probably will ruin their looks. And if you decide to get it off you will probably do more damage to the wrap and possibly the shell itself.If you have to change color do what Lukeykookey said, and get new wrap and learn how to do it right or sell your drums and get what you really want. I do know that changing wrap on drums is a pretty tough
job. GOOD LUCK on whatever you decide to do.
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Old 05-24-2009, 12:31 AM
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Re: Painting drums

if your drums have a sparkle finish, then I bet it's a plastic-wrap finish. You can change it out for a new one in the color of your choosing, but you can't paint over it--paint won't stick to it. Removing the wrap is difficult, and putting the new one on straight is hard, and getting the holes drilled out is even harder. If you remove the existing wrap, chances are you will do enough damage to the drum that you couldn't paint it either, because the glue will remove some of the wood...

So, I guess Slingerland is right--you may end up just having to get a new kit in a color you like with the hardware in the color you like (painting over chrome is difficult because (unless you use automotive-grade paint) it won't stick....
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Old 05-24-2009, 12:48 AM
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Re: Painting drums

Well what I did with my kit is take off the wrap completely and put on two coats of varnish and three coats of poly. It only took wood off of two drums and the missing wood is in a place where it makes the drum look more natural and raw. Its really fantastic. I've had countless compliments on them and they look great at a show. Also on the subject of hardware. There are some places you can go online and order hardware in the color you want but its rather pricey.
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Old 05-24-2009, 02:52 PM
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Re: Painting drums

damn! I never knew it took that much work

I guess i'll stick with these silvers, i really don't mind it, it's just I can't find any add on packs (toms/etc) that match my set and if it was a wine red or black on silver it might look weird

anyways thanks alot i might just paint my rims then
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Re: Painting drums

Do you have a local graphics company or auto custom shop that does vehicle wraps? Talk to them... You can wrap them in laminated vinyl, any color, even printed designs & patterns. The right lamination will take a lot more abuse than paint ever will and it's a lot cheaper than buying actual drum wraps if you're on a budget. Just make sure you trim it back away from the bearing edges for seating the heads, or if you have them apply the wraps make sure they do it... You can always add drums and apply new wraps to them as you go, if one gets damaged severely it can be replaced and they can even be safely removed at a later date. Just another option for you to think about.....
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Old 03-30-2011, 08:30 PM
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Re: Painting drums

I wrapped this set in kitchen counter-top Formica and it turned out pretty well (I originally wanted to stain them but after removing the original wraps I saw how terrible the wood looked)

It only cost me 50 bucks for a sheet with enough to do a full size 5 pc set (I cut the toms in half because this will be an electronic set and I wanted more toms)

You have to do all the measurements and cut it yourself but it isn't too bad.

here's the pix:

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Re: Painting drums

My high school "wood shop" project in 11th grade (circa 1980) was refinishing my set of drums. They were different brands, and "vintages" and several different colors. Places like Sam Barnard's weren't around, well that I knew, so my only option at the time was to refinish. I read an article in Modern Drummer about a guy that painted his kit, but it was pretty involved, and he used something called Nitrocellulose Laquer...according to the guy at Sherwin Williams, it was expensive, and required renting a compressor and paint gun....not on my budget!

I spoke with my wood shop teacher about it and he suggested staining (and since at the time Neil Peart just started using those mahogany colored Tama's, I thought...cool!)

SO I removed the hardware, and the plastic wrap...on some of the older drums, I needed to use a heat gun to melt the glue...on an old drum with sparkle in it, I set the wrap on fire since the heat made the metal flake hot, and it started the old wrap! Tough job, but I finally got it done!

Next step was to sand the drums, using various grade paper, on the better quality drums, it was just getting the residual glue off, and smoothing things out, but on some of the "cheaper" drums, the grain was running top to bottom, so I needed to sand the last layer off of the drum. (which actually gave me a better looking, and stronger feeling wood to work with) After sanding (and a little repair work to the finishes. and filling holes I wouldn't be using) I did the bearing edges. I started by truing the drums on a board with sandpaper glued to it, then used a fine file, and made nice edges on all of the drums.

The next step was to pick my stain, and I went with a nice dark walnut. I tried a few coats to make it dark enough, Then (and I don't totally recall the order) but I did a few treatments with pumice and oil, shellac and then varnish. The final coat was a sealant to give it a better chance at not being dinged.

The drums looked like a fine piece of furniture (and got me an A for my project) and lasted for about 10 good years before I decided to trade them in on a newer kit.

I wish I had a decent picture that showed how nice they looked (and they sounded great) let alone a picture I can post online...but it was a long project that was really worth it in the end! People never knew that it was a set comprised of Ludwig, Slingerland, and off brand drums! (and I got a decent trade in on them from my local drum shop)

Looking back on this (30 years later) and remembering how long it took to re-cover my nephew's set of drums with a plastic wrap, I can only say it was a TALL order to accomplish, but worth it for the 10 years I used them!

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