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Old 04-04-2009, 04:42 AM
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Sorry if this has been posted before...I'm limited to my iPhone for the weekend, and using the search function isn't viable.
I've got the opportunity to get a good deal on some Turquoise Maple Customs (Yamaha). I'd rather not have turquoise, with all due respect to those that do. I'm more of a natural finish guy.
So...how hard is this to convert? Looking for some input from those that are in the know. I've stripped paint from walls, doors, cars....but never drums. I realize wood is wood, but want some input from this knowledgeable group. Thanks,
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Old 04-04-2009, 04:55 AM
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If it's the finish I'm thinking of, that will be nearly impossible because the wood is stained that colour. If you hate the colour that much you'll have to wrap it.
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Old 04-04-2009, 05:24 AM
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I disagree, you can sand the color off trust me, here some paint removal I have done.

You have to sand the stain off, you may not get 100% of it, I would say I got 90-95% of it. I was afraid I would sand through the first ply is I kept going.

It is a lot of work but if refinishing is something you like doing then go for it. Just keep in mind good paint is not cheap. But is is very satisfying when it is done.

These were Super Mahogany (dark brown)


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Amazing work...wow. I want to be very careful about keeping that first ply intact, but it sounds like sanding is the best option? I was hoping that the turquoise stain on the Yammy's was easier to remove (chemically).
Any other thoughts?
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Yeah, before you get into the sanding, use Jasco paint and epoxy remover to bust down and remove 90% of the paint. It will make that sanding chore much easier.
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I disagree, I spent a month with chemical strippers, it was a pain in the rear. I got the 10" after I was done with rest. I sanded it without stripping. Far easier. I would just get an orbital (not a jitterbug) sander and 220 sand paper, just keep it moving and you will be fine.

I made a rack out of 1x2 that allowed me to lay my shells on their side and hold them steady. then I would sand and turn the shell, don't try to remove it all at once. make sever passes removing a little at a time.
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