What happens if i take the wraps off my drums.

Old Dog new Cans

Senior Member
Oh yeah, I've watched the vacuum bag guy a few times. It's not a bad idea. It's everything to get to that point that looks unpleasant.

Right!! Yeah, hooking up the vac to a bag is definitely the easy part. ;) I'm currently working on a Champagne Drums birch shell with a vertical grain bubinga veneer that was installed by Champagne. Can't wait to post up the finished product.

If you watch the first video, I think that kid does a great job of preparing the veneer. And even though his is a 2 part veneer, it still looks considerably easier in the first vid. Not so tedious anyway.
 

Brandtwi

Member
Nothing adverse will happen to your drums. Hopefully you were able to remove the wrap without taking any of the wood with it however, or causing splintering. Lets see a photo of your handy work. Here's a before and after of a kit I did the same thing to.

WOW! They look great without the wraps. The natural wood looks cool. What kind of wood are your drums made of? Peace.
 

johnwesley

Silver Member
That particular set was luan mahogany I think. Others I've done were maple. I've found that no matter what the wood, I can make them look pretty good and with upgraded hoops and headfs I can get them to sound good too. The last photo was a set I didn't get a "before" pic of but was in a black wrap.
 

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dboomer

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I did this one and was happy how it came out. It was a cheapy Sawtooth kit and the wrap was just on with tape so pretty easy to get off. Kludged a bunch of old parts for the tom arm and bracket (which I did not drill through the bass shell) and replaced all the heads with old take offs. I used a wipe on poly for three coats ... very easy and you don’t need a spray gun and booth. BAB3C8DF-4DB0-4968-A9B6-1166F96EA39C.jpeg
 

C.M. Jones

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I did this one and was happy how it came out. It was a cheapy Sawtooth kit and the wrap was just on with tape so pretty easy to get off. Kludged a bunch of old parts for the tom arm and bracket (which I did not drill through the bass shell) and replaced all the heads with old take offs. I used a wipe on poly for three coats ... very easy and you don’t need a spray gun and booth. View attachment 91556

Beautiful work, man. That's quite a transformation.
 

C.M. Jones

Well-known member
Not always but sometimes, if you remove wraps the drums will collapse or implode due to air pressure variation.

Perhaps I'm an outcast in my preference for wrap. It's quite protective and easy to maintain. Also, you can rewrap a set of drums with relatively minimal labor, and by selecting a different color, you can achieve, at least cosmetically, a brand-new set of drums.

Of course, color variance isn't important to me. I've owned six sets of drums. One has been black. The other five have been white. I like the tasteful simplicity of white kits. They make the statement that you aren't trying to make a statement.
 
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