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Old 12-09-2006, 06:52 AM
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I wanted a fairly light natural finish so I went for a satin stain then chucked the polyutherane/varnish on. Although now I think a gloss would’ve looked better. It has 2 coats of stain then the varnish.

Sonor 503 Black wrap-Southern Maple Satin Finish
The project cost about $70AUD

So first the before photos. The dust adds to the before-after effect I think. The before pics are years old but it's all I had.





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All wraps off


When taking the wraps off the single best tool is a hairdryer. Use a flathead with the hairdryer and take your time, otherwise the glue stays on the shell which would just add to your sanding time.

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First coat, applied with brush and rag.




Second coat.



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According to the badge a Sonor 3005 Maple snare drum

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Old 12-09-2006, 01:35 PM
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Hey...this is awesome, really never seen such a nice finish from a normal refinishing project!!!! this honey-like finish is really delicious.....I love it, looks much better now!!!

and now maybe buy some bass drum wood hoops, would looks so beautiful then!!!

but again, great project mate, amazing!

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Old 12-09-2006, 02:06 PM
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Wow! Great job, I've never seen a refinish go so well. Personally I'd leave the black hoops on, looks killer! One thing though... 'resize' lol.

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Old 12-09-2006, 02:27 PM
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wow that looks great! congrats on the work
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Old 12-09-2006, 06:50 PM
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Nice job there! Hows that 10" Wuhan sound?
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Old 12-09-2006, 06:54 PM
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That is a RADICAL improvement over the stock, dare I say BORING dark plastic wrap. Stock, it's one of those dull, disappear-into-the-backdrop kits.
Now it stands out!

The Asian wood they use has a light grain, but with the finish, the set looks a great deal better!

Nice job!
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Old 12-10-2006, 12:33 AM
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The kit looks wonderful! A suggestion: try mounting the splash directly off the bass drum, the stand looks like it will fit, and it will cut out unnecessary hardware.
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Old 12-10-2006, 12:45 AM
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Looks fantastic mate, youve gotten me wanting to do another refinish again!
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Old 12-10-2006, 01:04 AM
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The kit looks wonderful! A suggestion: try mounting the splash directly off the bass drum, the stand looks like it will fit, and it will cut out unnecessary hardware.
It doesn't actually fit, which is disappointing as i thought all Sonor hardware was compatible.


Thanks for the nice comments guys

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Old 12-10-2006, 04:27 AM
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Wow that colour really is just, um, relaxing and mellowing. It is just so rich and warm, I think if I ever refinish mine, it'll be that colour. Nice job.
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Old 12-10-2006, 07:51 PM
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Smooth job. Peeps would pay good money for a kit with a finish like that
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Old 12-10-2006, 09:14 PM
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nice job. i admire drummers that have the balls to do that. my god, my resolution is 1680 wide and i'm still having issues.
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Old 12-10-2006, 09:32 PM
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That is a brilliant job that you've done, I don't like plain black wraps on kit either and that is just a beautiful finish!

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Old 12-10-2006, 10:08 PM
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huge pics! my 20" screen cant even fit them.

the re-finish looks great! you're lucky there was nice wood underneath. some of the lower-end kits (i.e. my export) have very unappealing wood jobs on them but yours looks nice. congrats.
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Old 12-18-2006, 12:05 AM
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Well yesturday i just got two extra birthday presents, well one was christmas but i got a gibralter snare stand so now i can use both my snares, il take some pics later, they wont be good ones, like not outside etc. And i got the Jeff Queen DVD, had a look at it last night, and there is alot of great stuff in there.
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Old 12-18-2006, 12:12 AM
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those look great, you just forgot to do your hoops.
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Old 12-18-2006, 12:39 AM
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They are steel hoops so i cant do anything to them, but i am thinking of taking the strip of black wrap off them and then getting the black paint off so they are chrome looking but i dont think so, i would like wooden hoops but its very expensive.
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Old 12-18-2006, 08:17 PM
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Old 01-08-2007, 10:10 PM
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that looks gorgeous man, its a real warm finish to it now, as opposed to the dullness of a black wrap.

seriously, thats a remarkable job youve done there. and all on a whim one day after work too :D
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Old 02-13-2007, 01:37 PM
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Don't worry about the resizing, it looks so great it was worthwhile scrolling all over the place to get a good view. Looks awesome! Also, you gave very clear instructions, which is awesome

Nice kit man, absolutely drool-worthy!
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Old 09-10-2007, 11:49 PM
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I like it!
Very nice yellow-ish color!
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Old 01-20-2008, 02:42 PM
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Default Re: Latins Re-Finishing Project

As I always say: anything with the wood showing is always better than a plastic/plywood/whatever wrap. Your kit just proved it again.

And a Scimitar, lol! Used to have one way back in the 90s.
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Old 01-22-2008, 01:19 AM
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Thanks man but it looks better in real life, but then what kit doesnt. And i still having the resizing issues. sorry bout that guys.
It's too hard to see everything. Could you please try resizing them? I want to see how this project turned out.

What photo program are you using? If you're using Photobucket to host the photos, there is a function there to resize also. Try getting them to 200-300 kilobytes each. They'll fit in a screen and won't spread your text out.
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Old 01-22-2008, 03:34 AM
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Well, it looks nice, but it's hard to tell because the pictures are too small. Any way to make them bigger?

Bad humor aside, nice job. Makes me want to try out refinishing mine.
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Old 01-22-2008, 07:35 AM
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Hats off LG, for creating an incredible makeover. Looks great, the re-born Sonor!
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Old 01-22-2008, 08:19 AM
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You did a fantastic job, the drums look great!
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Old 05-07-2008, 09:45 AM
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Nicely done ^^
I'm thinking of doing this to my drums also but I'm going to paint them black
So that you still can see the wood through the black paint. Whould be nice I think :P
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Old 05-07-2008, 03:39 PM
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Great job.

I have done some drum painting over the years. I have learned the key is to take your time.

I have a large vintage TAMA superstar kit / kits I am going to refinish this summer. I'll post when done.
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Old 05-07-2008, 03:58 PM
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Well done. This is a great example of how it should be done. Nice photos. Definitely breathes new life into a great kit.
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Old 05-07-2008, 11:49 PM
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Dude that has to be the best spent 70.00 ever. What a transformation. That color is fantastic
and you be should both happy and proud for a job well done.
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Wow, great job. It's like getting a new set of drums!
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Is this the kit you're using these days?

Must admit, the finishing job is magnificent.

Are you still using the Scimitar ride? There was one as a 'stock' cymbal at TAFE last year, I tried it, and I've sworn off ever going near one again. Yours may be different.
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Excellent! I think high-gloss would have been too much for these drums, personally. This gives them an even more vintage personality. I'm surprised at the quality of the wood that they used on the outer-ply - typically they use lower-quality stock when wraps are going over the top of it.

I was recently bitten by the DIY bug myself and am finishing a JTP ash stave snare shell. I'm going to do a whole kit, next.

Great work!
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... I'm surprised at the quality of the wood that they used on the outer-ply - typically they use lower-quality stock when wraps are going over the top of it.
TAMA also used nice looking outer ply in the swingstar series even if it was wrapped.
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Old 01-09-2009, 03:30 PM
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Really nice man...I can tell you from experience that getting a really nice gloss finish is not that easy. The satin looks great.
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Old 01-09-2009, 03:39 PM
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Somehow I missed this thread. LG, that has to be one of the best simple makeovers I have seen for awhile. I'm jealous. I'm scared to do anything like that because I don't want to mess anything up. I keep seeing threads like this that scream to me .."You gotta do it"

Great job buddy.
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If you ever change your mind, you can take 600 grit sandpaper, or those green 3M scratch pads and sand over the satin and put a clear right on top of it. You don't have to remove the satin and it will still have sheen.
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Nice one! Diggin the natural finish
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Old 01-10-2009, 11:01 AM
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Is this the kit you're using these days?

Must admit, the finishing job is magnificent.

Are you still using the Scimitar ride? There was one as a 'stock' cymbal at TAFE last year, I tried it, and I've sworn off ever going near one again. Yours may be different.
Did you end up getting those premiers?
Well I did the project a couple of years ago, and until wednesday, yes this was my kit...Time for a new kit...It was an 'entry level' kit but I've had it for a while and when tuned well it sounded great. The only 'entry level' part was how long it took to tune to get 'that desired sound', and the fact that it didn't take long to go out of tune, otherwise great kit but they just arn't the sizes I need.
The Scimitar, no I've had my Istanbuls for a while now. I quit using all those cymbals a fair while ago, haha. They are going with the kit. However I also have played two other Scimitar rides, and I agree they where horrible. While mine held similar characteristics, it's the 'same' cymbal afterall, I was shocked at how different they sounded! Mine still had that 'bright sheet metal' quality but it was really dark, and when used with my modified sticks produced a very solid stick definition, crazy!
I'll take photos of my new kit when it arrives. Thanks for the comments though guys.

That Guy do it and Vinnie..you have too much gear..but post pics!
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Old 01-10-2009, 01:04 PM
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No no I didn't.

As tempting as they were it wasn't quite what I was looking for.

What what? A new kit?

Do tell. What is it? Where from? Old or new? How much?

Also: What do you think of the used kit market in Australia? I've been watching eBay for a while, and I've seen a couple of good kits (Gretsch Broadkasters) but all ridiculously expensive. Kind of despairing of find a good cheap 2nd hand kit.
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