Refinishing 60s Fibes - Champagne Sparkle

phillydrummergal

Junior Member
Hi!

I'm refinishing my 60s Fibes kit. I just removed the wrap and sanded the residue off of the shells. I want to give it a champagne sparkle finish - I'm just not quite sure how to do it. I think I remember reading something about using pink paint and then putting gold glitter on top of it while it's still wet?

Has anyone done this or have a suggestion on how to make a champagne sparkle finish? Thanks!
 

Skitch

Pioneer Member
I wanted to paint it rather then wrap it. Has anyone done this before....?
You need to talk to someone who refinishes guitars on a regular basis to more accurately know what you're getting yourself into. I would say paints cars but the wood thing makes it dicey at best in my opinion.


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jeffwj

Platinum Member
You are considering doing this with a vintage drum set? If the set is in good condition, it most likely is worth a good amount of money. What you're talking about doing will totally ruin the resale value of the set.

Also, if you try to mix paint and glitter, it will most likely come out looking like an elementary school project. If you are interested in experimenting, I would suggest buying a cheap, used set and not ruining the value of the Fibes.

Even recovering the set will usually decrease the value of a vintage set. But if the finish of your set is in very poor condition, you may want to consider having it recovered.

Here are some sparkle drum wraps.
http://www.precisiondrum.com/html/wrap.html

and some sets that have been recovered.
http://www.precisiondrum.com/html/body_photos_.html#recoveringbeforeandafter1

I'm not trying to put down your idea, but I would say the same thing to someone who wants to paint a 1957 Chevy Bel Air with wallpaper. It may look "artsy" but the value is gone.

Jeff
 

phillydrummergal

Junior Member
They're fiberglass, not wood.

I'm not sure if they are worth anything - I bought them two years ago off of craigslist for $150. There were some extra holes drilled from the previous owner on the bass drum to make it sit lefty, so I'm filling them. The previous wrap was completely rusted and disgusting. The shells seem to be in good shape - other then the extra holes.

http://www.pearldrummersforum.com/showthread.php?196050-Refinishing-drums-in-silver-sparkle

I was checking this out - but wanted to make them champagne sparkle instead of silver.

So this is not a good idea?
 

jeffwj

Platinum Member
They're fiberglass, not wood.

I'm not sure if they are worth anything - I bought them two years ago off of craigslist for $150. There were some extra holes drilled from the previous owner on the bass drum to make it sit lefty, so I'm filling them. The previous wrap was completely rusted and disgusting. The shells seem to be in good shape - other then the extra holes.

http://www.pearldrummersforum.com/showthread.php?196050-Refinishing-drums-in-silver-sparkle

I was checking this out - but wanted to make them champagne sparkle instead of silver.

So this is not a good idea?
I can imagine that the sparkle would be all over the place as the finish ages. There would have to be multiple applications of clear coat on top of the sparkle.

You may want to try Dick Blick Sparkle Brite. It is an arts supply material, not a drum covering. Here's a link to a discussion on this forum - and to Dick Blick. The prices are very inexpensive compared to drum warp.

http://drummerworld.com/forums/showthread.php?t=54831&highlight=sparkle+brite

http://www.dickblick.com/products/sparkle-brite-glitter-film/

Jeff
 

Mikecore

Silver Member
Fellow Fibes owner here. I have the metal-backed chrome wrap on mine which is also past hideous. If I don't re-shell them altogether, then I'm wrapping them. I have yet to look, but my guess is that what you have under the wrap is also not very pretty, thus a lot of work goes into getting that to lay flat before you even shoot the primer. You said you sanded off the residue, but I'm just wondering what was left after that as a base surface.

Now, if you have a smooth surface to work with, then yes, I would stand behind the PDF guy's method, provided you are willing to go through all of that. The process is a lot like car painting, and requires a lot of the same skills and elbow grease. As for the champagne, I would test the primer, basecoat and glitter colors on some scrap material first just to check whether that combination will work or not. Mr. PDF did silver on silver, so it was a match made in heaven. Pink paint with gold glitter may end up looking like.....pink paint with gold glitter, so choose your base color wisely.

If you know a good car painter, they could really steer you way better than I can. I'm still a newb with hi-gloss finishing.
 
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