Staining drum heads with coffee

Orbit

Junior Member
I like the look of fibreskyn heads and would like one as a bass drum reso. Thing is I would like to maximise on the mottled look fibreskyns have and was wondering about staining it with coffee? I imagine putting the head flat on the floor, sprinkling it with instant coffee and then spraying water on it with one of those water sprayers you use on house plants. Any thoughts? Has anyone else tried staining drum heads?
 

GruntersDad

Administrator - Mayor
Staff member
I think they are plastic and would not adhere at all. I may be wrong but most heads are pretty water repellant
 

Orbit

Junior Member
I think they are plastic and would not adhere at all. I may be wrong but most heads are pretty water repellant
Yes, I see. But with the rough feel of a coated head, that maybe something the coffee could cling to.....? I hear banjo players stain their heads (the ones on their banjo's!) in various ways......not entirely sure how....and if I had a genuine calf skin (a brand called earthtone make them) then that would surely be porous to take on a stain of some sort. Anyhow, I have a spare evans coated head so it's off to asda to get some smart price coffee and see what happens....
Or should I get Alta Rica Brazilian!?!? HAHA
 

Bobrush

Senior Member
GRUNTERSDAD may be correct, I don't know. However, I do know that in older times, tea was actually used for lots of dyeing. Probably a bit easier than coffee, you wouldn't have a bunch of loose grounds to clean up.
 

opentune

Platinum Member
I've seen coffee stains on coated heads.
If you had an old worn coated head, could cut some piece of it out and do a test run, otherwise its a whole bass drum head down the drain.
 

alparrott

Platinum Member
I love coffee. I could see myself trying it just for the aroma I'd get every time I open up my bass drum case.
 

BillRayDrums

Gold Member
I like the look of fibreskyn heads and would like one as a bass drum reso. Thing is I would like to maximise on the mottled look fibreskyns have and was wondering about staining it with coffee? I imagine putting the head flat on the floor, sprinkling it with instant coffee and then spraying water on it with one of those water sprayers you use on house plants. Any thoughts? Has anyone else tried staining drum heads?
I always stain my throne. :p
 

Dr_Watso

Platinum Member
Just go find the nearest neighbor cat, and use blood. When blood dries, it goes to a nice brown color that will look nice and vintage.
 

RedeyeSPR

Senior Member
I'd go with tea. It WILL NOT come out of clothes. Brew something black like English Breakfast for 15 minutes. You could also buy a 10" Fiberskyn head for 10 or 12 bucks and try a few things out before you take to a 50 dollar kick head. Have fun.
 

adamosmianski

Senior Member
I'm a little confused, as well, as to why you wouldn't just buy either a real or synthetic fiber skin if that's the look you're going for. But, to each their own. I had this thought….

As someone already said brew up a black cup of English Breakfast tea really strong. Now, take your head outside and lay it somewhere flat. Pour the tea in a thin stream right in the middle of the head and let it run out to the sides. Don't try to cover the whole thing. Let it dry completely and then do it again. Do that multiple times. You should end up with the patchy look that it sounds like you're looking for; darker in some spots, lighter in others.

Keep us posted. I would love to know how it turns out.
 

SgtThump

Platinum Member
The remo coating can easily stain, IMO. Even a moongel will leave a stain. Give it a shot and take pics!

edit - doh! I misunderstood. My bad.
 
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The SunDog

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If I understand, you want to stain a Fiberskin to make it look older or more vintage. Fiberskin heads have horsehair (man made) glued onto them. It will probably take a stain. Now you have me thinking, what about colors like RIT dye.
 

Orbit

Junior Member
I think I'll give it a go with tea......pouring on and repeating. So hopefully will get an effect like a fibreskyn but more brown! Will post pictures, probably in the next few weeks. How do you post pictures on here by the way?
 

MrInsanePolack

Platinum Member
If I understand, you want to stain a Fiberskin to make it look older or more vintage. Fiberskin heads have horsehair (man made) glued onto them. It will probably take a stain. Now you have me thinking, what about colors like RIT dye.
If they have "hair" glued to them, he could probably use hair dye. Women's hair dye comes in every shade under the sun. Surely he can find a suitable brown.
 
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