How to make a "Natural Matte Finish" shiny??

WalterKohn

Senior Member
I have a 6.5x14" PDP Maple Bubinga snare that I got off of a trade for some gear. I like the snare but the finish on it is almost like a hazy white...

Any idea on how to make this Natural Matte Finish shiny?

I tried some car wax and it did nothing at all. I have seen pictures of the same snare on this forum and it was shiny like almost glossy..

I know tung oil would work but would I have to strip the matte finish off?? I really don't want to sand anything I just want the damn thing shiny.

I have read guitar forums that say never use a polish on a matte finish and I am not sure if this applies to drums as well.

Any help on getting this thing shiny/glossy would be awesome!
 

pgm554

Platinum Member
I have a 6.5x14" PDP Maple Bubinga snare that I got off of a trade for some gear. I like the snare but the finish on it is almost like a hazy white...

Any idea on how to make this Natural Matte Finish shiny?

I tried some car wax and it did nothing at all. I have seen pictures of the same snare on this forum and it was shiny like almost glossy..

I know tung oil would work but would I have to strip the matte finish off?? I really don't want to sand anything I just want the damn thing shiny.

I have read guitar forums that say never use a polish on a matte finish and I am not sure if this applies to drums as well.

Any help on getting this thing shiny/glossy would be awesome!
The matte finish is part of the paint/clearcoat.
If you want a high gloss finish,you would need to apply a coat of high gloss varathane.

https://www.rustoleum.com/product-catalog/consumer-brands/varathane/crystal-clear-polyurethane
 

pgm554

Platinum Member
On top of the matte finish? Or take the matte finish off?
Probably over the old .
The finish they applied was probably a matte varathane.
You can buy several types of verathane from matte (no shine)to semi gloss to hi gloss.
Go to a paint or woodworking store and ask them what is best.

Use a spray if you don't want to sand as brushing tends to leave streaks in the finish.
 

WallyY

Platinum Member
Car polish, not car wax will turn it into a gloss.
Two steps, buffing (cutting) compound and then polishing compound.

But you must use a polishing machine or you will take forever to get that gloss.
 

pgm554

Platinum Member
Car polish, not car wax will turn it into a gloss.
Two steps, buffing (cutting) compound and then polishing compound.

But you must use a polishing machine or you will take forever to get that gloss.
Maybe there is more than one way to skin a cat,but polishing compound is abrasive and would remove the clear coat finish of the drum.

It is the clear coat polyurethane that gives that high gloss finish and not the polish.

I had a Pearl bass drum refinished and actually took it to an auto paint shop after it was stripped and re stained to get that high gloss finish because it takes a special license to use the required chemicals here in CA.
 

KamaK

Platinum Member
Applying gloss over matte, even if done properly, will give a different result than just using gloss. So if you're hoping to match a matte shell with a gloss kit, you'll need to go back to the drawing board.

If you go for it, the matte needs to be super clean and super dry. You need to match the overcoat with the matte, for example, no poly over nitro, no nitro over CA, etc. This means you need to figure out what your matte is.

Personally, I would recommend against it. Sell the shells, and buy the drums you want in the size/color/finish you want.
 

WalterKohn

Senior Member
Applying gloss over matte, even if done properly, will give a different result than just using gloss. So if you're hoping to match a matte shell with a gloss kit, you'll need to go back to the drawing board.

If you go for it, the matte needs to be super clean and super dry. You need to match the overcoat with the matte, for example, no poly over nitro, no nitro over CA, etc. This means you need to figure out what your matte is.

Personally, I would recommend against it. Sell the shells, and buy the drums you want in the size/color/finish you want.
Its a PDP Maple Bubinga snare drum that I received as part of a trade for some gear. All I could find out about the finish is from the website which states it is a Natural Satin Matte Lacquer finish.
 

WalterKohn

Senior Member
You can apply Tung oil directly on top of matte satin.
This is what I was reading that DW says to do for its Satin/Matte finishes but I wasn't sure if the PDP had the same finish. DW recommends Minwax Tung Oil but I wasn't sure if this would apply to the PDP Maple Bubinga.
 

WalterKohn

Senior Member
Applying gloss over matte, even if done properly, will give a different result than just using gloss. So if you're hoping to match a matte shell with a gloss kit, you'll need to go back to the drawing board.

If you go for it, the matte needs to be super clean and super dry. You need to match the overcoat with the matte, for example, no poly over nitro, no nitro over CA, etc. This means you need to figure out what your matte is.

Personally, I would recommend against it. Sell the shells, and buy the drums you want in the size/color/finish you want.
Its a snare drum that I got in a trade for some gear. I have the shells I want this is just a backup snare. I just want it shiny...
 

GruntersDad

Administrator - Mayor
Staff member
You can buy water based clear that can be applied with a foam brush. Check your local hardware store.
 

Smoke

Silver Member
You might have shot yourself in the foot with the wax job. Trisodium Phosphate (TSP) will probably get the wax off, but it's nasty stuff and I'm not so sure I'd want to use it liberally on a drum surface, as it might loosen the outer veneer. Read up on it before going that route. Mineral spirits might do the trick too. It's going to be a case of lots of elbow grease and not too much cleaner solution.

I think shellac will stick to almost anything. If you get most of the wax off, you should be good-to-go. You can get shellac in a spray can or use brushes.

Good luck!
 

WalterKohn

Senior Member
What about using a polish to get the wax off? Will that take off the clear coat matte as well? Elbow grease is not a problem.
 

jbonzo1

Silver Member
This is what I was reading that DW says to do for its Satin/Matte finishes but I wasn't sure if the PDP had the same finish. DW recommends Minwax Tung Oil but I wasn't sure if this would apply to the PDP Maple Bubinga.
This is my DW/Craviotto 5.5x13 satin oil finish after I applied three coats of Formby's High Gloss Tung Oil.
Originally, DW's satin oil was hand-rubbed. I believe they spray it now. I would bet the PDP is a sprayed poly.
Email DW and ask them. They are very helpful with this stuff.
 

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WalterKohn

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This is my DW/Craviotto 5.5x13 satin oil finish after I applied three coats of Formby's High Gloss Tung Oil.
Originally, DW's satin oil was hand-rubbed. I believe they spray it now. I would bet the PDP is a sprayed poly.
Email DW and ask them. They are very helpful with this stuff.
Did you apply that on top of the DW finish or did you strip the finish first?
 

greenstar323

Senior Member
I'd also like to suggest going to your good ol' home store for some Minwax Wipe on Poly - you can apply it with one of those spongy brushes. It's so easy to apply. Just wetsand a little bit between coats. They make it in a satin or gloss finish. I've used the satin before, but the gloss will give you a glossier finish. You can then make it look like glass if you use a car polishing kit as mentioned above after applying the gloss.

The kit I used the Minwax on used to have wrap so it was basically a bare shell when I applied it. You probably want to remove a little bit of the clear coat before applying something new.

Here is a pic of my floor tom with the satin finish.
 

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