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Old 05-30-2010, 12:02 PM
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Default Fixing bubbling in Fiberskyns

Anyone who plays Fiberskyns knows about the tendency for the fibers to delaminate and bubble. The plastic fibers are meant to mimic the cellular structure of real hide and are bonded to each other under heat and pressure, but come apart with playing. All drum heads wear and this is just the way Fiberskyns show their wear. The bubbling is annoying and sometimes buzzes.

Here's a fix I came across: Remove the drum from its mount, turn is sideways and then facing upside down a bit, then heat the bubbling areas with a lighter. Obviously, do this carefully, move the lighter around a lot and pay close attention.

The bubbling goes away, although you may need to get a damp cloth and wipe small amounts of soot off the head. Also, the area that had bubbled up may be a bit discolored. However, if you have done this correctly, the bubbling will have vanished and the fibers will have seated themselves back in the head.

I just started doing this, so I don't know how well it holds up or how many times you can repeat this procedure. But it does get rid of the bubbling.
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Old 05-31-2010, 05:08 AM
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You might try a hair dryer or a heat gun much safer then match's
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Old 05-31-2010, 05:13 AM
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Default Re: Fixing bubbling in Fiberskyns

Or buy Aquarian's Vintage heads... :-)

That's a good trick though. I wish I would've known that a few years ago. The bubbling issue with Fiberskyns is part of the reason why I stopped using Remo.
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Old 05-31-2010, 08:39 AM
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Default Re: Fixing bubbling in Fiberskyns

Have you tried an electrical oven? An old trick used to renew tired plastic heads is to cook them in 300F for a couple of minutes. I don't know how it would work on the Fiberskyns, but it might be worth a try!
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Have you tried an electrical oven? An old trick used to renew tired plastic heads is to cook them in 300F for a couple of minutes. I don't know how it would work on the Fiberskyns, but it might be worth a try!
How does that work, Wavelength? Is it the cooling down afterwards that does it?
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You might try a hair dryer or a heat gun much safer then match's
I don't think a hair dryer would get it hot enough, but it's worth a try at least. The flame gets the head very hot very quickly, which is good for re-adhering the layer, but you really have to be careful.

The funny thing is, you don't need to push down on the head. Even upside down, the bubbled layer shrinks back into the head. You'd think it would expand, as heat makes things expand. I can't explain why this works.
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How does that work, Wavelength? Is it the cooling down afterwards that does it?
I suspect the molecules of plastic get soft and shift back to their original positions. Maybe? I would be interesting to see how this works with different kinds of heads.
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