I am wondering what the most effective way to remove the paint from a drum shell is. I have a Yamaha bass drum that I would like to remove the paint on. The paint is scratched and not in the best condition and to match another kit I already have I would really like to have a natural wood finish for the shell. The drum isn't cheap, so I would like to keep the shell in good shape and not jeopardize the quality in any way hopefully. I have heard of some people using paint thinners and paint removers, but would that possibly ruin the glue in the shell? I have also heard of people sanding the shells but what are some techniques I could use to make sure I don't over sand in some places and do the best job I can. I know there are other threads related to this so if there are any really good ones you could send me to I'd appreciate that as well.