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Old 12-04-2007, 05:18 AM
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Default Does painting bass resonant heads affect the sound noticeably?

Hello all, quick question...

I'm a fan of Jackson Pollock (the guy that threw paint on the canvas) and I came up with a cool idea today... I want to make my bass reso head a Pollock-esque piece of art, haha.

Sooo, I wanted to know, if I were to primer the bass drum so it could hold acrylic paint (or could it on its own, without primer??) and then throw acrylic paint all over it would it noticeably take away from the sound of the bass?? Or would it just muffle it a little?

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P.S. here is a picture of what I would picture it to look like...(minus all the excess paint outside the circle) haha
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Old 12-04-2007, 05:33 AM
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Hello all, quick question...

I'm a fan of Jackson Pollock (the guy that threw paint on the canvas) and I came up with a cool idea today... I want to make my bass reso head a Pollock-esque piece of art, haha.

Sooo, I wanted to know, if I were to primer the bass drum so it could hold acrylic paint (or could it on its own, without primer??) and then throw acrylic paint all over it would it noticeably take away from the sound of the bass?? Or would it just muffle it a little?

Thanks in advance!

P.S. here is a picture of what I would picture it to look like...(minus all the excess paint outside the circle) haha
looks great! would depend on what kind of paint and how much...

acrylic on a single ply wont make that much of a difference...( assuming you wont be recording with this head )
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Old 12-04-2007, 05:48 AM
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looks great! would depend on what kind of paint and how much...

acrylic on a single ply wont make that much of a difference...( assuming you wont be recording with this head )
Thanks man, so it should work without taking away from the sound? Excellennttt, and no haha I won't be recording with this head, this will be live situation only..
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Old 12-04-2007, 06:23 AM
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Default Re: Does painting bass resonant heads affect the sound noticeably?

Good idea!

It will dampen the drum a bit, but you will still have good sound. Maybe just some exstra thud.
And maybe you should try a coated head (Read Coated Ambassador or something similar), so the paint will stick to it!
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Old 12-04-2007, 10:10 AM
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Default Re: Does painting bass resonant heads affect the sound noticeably?

Hi,
my girlfriend painted my kick drum head with acrylic paint :


I only use it live, it does muffle a bit but it's ok as I like a fairly muffled kick drum, I don't know how it would sound on recording but I guess I'd use a different head.
the drum head is an aquarian regulator.
Acrylic won't hold by itself though, she tried it but it didn't hold properly so she had to clean it up, then spray paint a thin layer and paint over it. Now it holds perfectly and it looks awesome :)
I guess a coated head would help the paint stick as mofle said
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Old 12-05-2007, 10:32 PM
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Default Re: Does painting bass resonant heads affect the sound noticeably?

I could imagine the paint to weigh down the head a bit. Nothing to significant though.

Show us pics if this works out!
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Old 12-06-2007, 12:18 AM
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Default Re: Does painting bass resonant heads affect the sound noticeably?

Thanks guys, I think I'm gonna primer it with spray paint first, then paint it on there.. And yes, I will definitely post pictures..
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Old 12-06-2007, 01:28 AM
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I would think that a real thick coat would dampen a lot but a light coat shouldn't do much harm. There is a product on the market that is a flex additive that is used with automobile paint at times to paint all of the modern rubber bumper covers, it may help keep it from cracking, but I dont think the head will flex enough to matter.
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Old 12-06-2007, 02:04 AM
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I would think that a real thick coat would dampen a lot but a light coat shouldn't do much harm. There is a product on the market that is a flex additive that is used with automobile paint at times to paint all of the modern rubber bumper covers, it may help keep it from cracking, but I dont think the head will flex enough to matter.
Yeah, it would be a very light coat.. I've heard about that flex additive, but like you said, it shouldn't flex enough to matter..
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Old 12-09-2007, 04:57 AM
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Old 12-10-2007, 05:40 PM
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Default Re: Does painting bass resonant heads affect the sound noticeably?

I painted my drum head. Here was how I approached it. I roughed it up with some 60 grit sand paper, cleaned it thoroughly, and sprayed it with Krylon Fusion paint (that paint that supposedly bonds to plastic.) I sprayed 2 or 3 thin coats and it looks great. As for muffling, i havent noticed much. It was a single ply head to it worked out pretty well. I wouldnt recommend putting more than 2 coats on though.
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Old 12-10-2007, 05:50 PM
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Some paint won't have much effect and might even help the sound a little. Stuffing a pillow into the drum and cutting a large hole in the bass head will do much, much more to reduce the resonance of the drum. I have a head with a design from www.drumart.com and it makes the head heavier - which is perfect, as it controls ring and produces just the right amount of punch.
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Old 12-28-2007, 07:06 PM
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Default Re: Does painting bass resonant heads affect the sound noticeably?

The heads I've painted never had any ill effects.
The paint just muted the higher overtones, & it sounded beefier.

I used Smooth White ambassadors, and acrylic paint. One head even had glitter in the design. As long as you have clear sprayed over it, the paint, glitter, or whatever will stay on.

I did one of the heads 10 years ago, and had it on the kick for about 6-10 months before doing a different design (again, same type of head and paint) and it's still looks great--so do the other ones.

I saw your pics, great job!
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