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Old 01-08-2014, 04:42 PM
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Default A Darker Fiberskyn ?

Anybody else out there ever wish for a darker Fiberskyn? Not in sound, just in appearance.
I absolutely love a FS Ambassador reso head on drums that are lighter in colour like WMP, natural maple or bright sparkle finishes - but I find they are too bright on darker finishes, they stick out too much, too much contrast.

I have never been brave enough to try, - I wonder if a Fiberskyn could be 'shaded' with a pencil to appear darker. Anybody?

Let's all get together and petition Remo for a darker Fiberskyn!


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Old 01-11-2014, 01:33 AM
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Ok, guess I'm the only one. Never mind :)
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Old 01-11-2014, 04:18 AM
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Default Re: A Darker Fiberskyn ?

I like the idea if a darker shade, but I wouldn't go at it with a No. 2. If you do try to darken remember what you use may transfer from the head to your sticks to everything else. Maybe a dark tea stain with a terry cloth and a fan dry afterwards? I'm not sure how the head would react with moisture, or the long-term effect and decomposition of the organic material (tea), but it would smell nice. I haven't used a Fiberskyn in years so this is all a guess.
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Old 01-11-2014, 04:29 AM
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I like the idea if a darker shade, but I wouldn't go at it with a No. 2. If you do try to darken remember what you use may transfer from the head to your sticks to everything else. Maybe a dark tea stain with a terry cloth and a fan dry afterwards? I'm not sure how the head would react with moisture, or the long-term effect and decomposition of the organic material (tea), but it would smell nice. I haven't used a Fiberskyn in years so this is all a guess.
Hey - that's actually a really good idea, I'm going to try that - some tea with a terry cloth.
Not worried about transfer so much - this would be on a resonant bass drum head only.

I'll try it with an old fiberskyn first. Thanks, I'll post pics of the results!
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Old 01-11-2014, 05:20 AM
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Default Re: A Darker Fiberskyn ?

The easiest way to darken the head would be to take a can of tan or brown spray paint that is designed to stick to plastic. Krylon Fusion brand is a popular one. http://www.mscdirect.com/product/841...&026=-99&025=c
Hold the can far away from the head and mist it until the desired color tint is reached.
Wear a paint mask and follow all of the directions on the can.
You could even mist just the perimeter of the head and get a really cool effect.
I tinted a clear head red a few years ago in this manner. I no longer have the picture or I would share it.
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Old 01-11-2014, 05:35 AM
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Default Re: A Darker Fiberskyn ?

I thought about paint before tea, but I figured that with the minimal amount of paint required to tint the head it would not adhere well enough. I could be wrong. Also, I think the paint may cover up the natural look of the head. A light spray of poly would probably darken it up enough. A very light application of a water-based stain may work as well.
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Old 01-11-2014, 05:44 AM
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If the paint is not designed to stick to plastic like the Krylon that I suggested it will bead up and not stick properly. The Krylon paint bonds to the plastic at the molecular level.
I know of no stain that bonds to plastic. If you find a stain that does it will work.
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I hadn't thought about the stain not taking. Good call.
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Hmm....I will try tea first, on a small area. Then stain, then paint. I have some Krylon.
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Remember, it has to be krylon Fusion. Regular Krylon will not stick to plastic.
Hold the can about 5 feet from the head and let the mist tint the surface. because you will be misting the head place it in an area where you don't have a problem with overspray landing on other things.
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Old 01-13-2014, 05:23 PM
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Default Re: A Darker Fiberskyn ?

Along the lines of the tea idea, I'm wondering if food coloring might work? Mix the color of your choice and apply lightly with a rag let dry and re-apply until the desired shade.

No smell to deal with and the head would dry fairly quick.
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Old 01-13-2014, 06:01 PM
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Default Re: A Darker Fiberskyn ?

Thanks guys. Won't be able to try this until later this week.
Will give a few things a try though.

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