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Old 08-25-2010, 09:56 PM
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Default Painting an Old Set of Wrapped Drums

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I have an old entry level Pacific Drum set lying around, and I want to paint the shells (most likely airbrushing). I've realized that I will need to remove the old wrap, and I know that in some cases this can be very difficult seeing as how the drums could splinter. Has anyone that has ever removed an old wrap give me any advice?
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Old 08-25-2010, 11:06 PM
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Default Re: Painting an Old Set of Wrapped Drums

I removed the wrap from 2 drums of the 4 that I refinished and there are things to look for. If the drums are cheap they may be glued at the seam and then held on by the lugs and other hardware. They may also be glued on. The trouble with wraps is that they usually cover inexpensive wood which can easily splinter when pulled on if they were glued. Take all of the hard ware off and start at the seam and use a putty knife and see how they are affixed. If its glue just go slowly. Maybe some photos would help once you get the hardware off and separate the seam.
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Old 08-26-2010, 10:52 AM
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Like painting a car ... or a house ... the more (and better) the prep work, the nicer the end result. If, by "airbrush", you plan on a finish where the wood grain won't show thru, sanding, sealing, and priming the shell before your finish design/color will make for "best" end results. And be sure to read all products, before laying one on top of the other. I tend to stick with products all from the same manufacture/company, to avoid harmful chemical reactions.
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Old 08-26-2010, 11:13 PM
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Start at the seam of the wrap, or seams (some have multiple seams) and try to peel some away with a putty knife. After you have about an inch of wrap lifted up, get a hairdryer, set it on hot and high, and blow the hot air on the glued wrap.

If the hair dryer doesn't let the glued wrap come up easily, at LEAST the wrap is easier to get up when the glue is hot. Try and peel as much of the wrap away as your can and wipe up any glue you can.

After you have gotten the wrap off and as much glue as you can, use fine sand paper to sand the remaining glue off of the shells.

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Old 08-29-2010, 04:34 AM
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Thanks for the advice, i'll be sure to keep it in mind. It looks like this projects goin on hold though for a while until i get back from school.
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