Do People "Relic" Drum Kits?

CommanderRoss

Silver Member
With guitars they used to use nitrocellulose finishes that wore off with use, giving that relic look. But I don't know if drums used nitrocellulose finish.
Gretsch does. That lacquer they use ages very well & many claim it improves the sound of the drum over time.
 

Hollywood Jim

Platinum Member
You did a beautiful job on these, Jim. And it pretty much solves the problem of having to match wraps! What was your exact process?
Thank you.
Pretty easy process. Removed the wrap. Actually while removing the wrap I damaged the mahogany outer veneer in a few spots. (This was perfect for the relic look). Sand off any remaining glue. Plug the holes for the tom mount and spurs. (I installed new modern spurs) Add a few scratches and dings. Use thinned black acrylic paint on a rag. Use very thin black paint and use very little of it. Darken where the lugs go, near where the hoops go and darken the scratches. Add a very very slight bit of thin red acrylic wash in places. Clear coat with semi gloss.

Repeat for all drum shells, let dry, reassemble and play. Buy the way I think these old Slingerland drums sound better without the wrap. A more open sound with more sustain.

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DrumEatDrum

Platinum Member
Several years ago Gretsch introduced a variety of drums that were designed to look like they have been on the road for decades.

They didn't last long.
 

Darth Vater

Senior Member
Easy. Get any satin or semi gloss finish and gig them regularly. Both of those scratch just looking at them. If you want to keep your shell pack looking nice get a high gloss lacquer or a wrap. Preferably the former.
 

Woolwich

Silver Member
Let's wait for those sellers with massive brass necks passing off bass drums with "Tom Rash" and left side tom toms with those wonderful horizontal "Hi Hat Rash" marks as being desirable.
 

alparrott

Platinum Member
Thank you.
Pretty easy process. Removed the wrap. Actually while removing the wrap I damaged the mahogany outer veneer in a few spots. (This was perfect for the relic look). Sand off any remaining glue. Plug the holes for the tom mount and spurs. (I installed new modern spurs) Add a few scratches and dings. Use thinned black acrylic paint on a rag. Use very thin black paint and use very little of it. Darken where the lugs go, near where the hoops go and darken the scratches. Add a very very slight bit of thin red acrylic wash in places. Clear coat with semi gloss.

Repeat for all drum shells, let dry, reassemble and play. Buy the way I think these old Slingerland drums sound better without the wrap. A more open sound with more sustain.

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Mrs. P fell in love with these drums when I showed her the pictures. I think some painting and sealing is in my future...
 
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