Drummer Talk 252 – Drum Kit Makeover Part 1, Restoring

We kick off part 1 of our 3-part series on drum kit makeovers by focusing on restoring drums.

Drummer Talk Mailbag

  • From Dov,

    Hey, I’m a long-time listener, and loved episode 251. I started playing drums about 6 or 7 years ago, and, living in an apartment, went with a Roland TD-4 as my kit (the original, not the current one). Like the current TD-11K (http://www.roland.com/products/td-11k), it has a mesh head for the snare, but rubber everyplace else. I played an acoustic kit during my weekly lessons, but other than that, I have only played the V-Drums. Is there anything I should keep in mind, when I eventually start playing an acoustic kit more frequently? Any bad habits to look out for, or ways in which I may need to compensate?


Topic Notes

Determine what type of wrapped kit you have.

  • Single glue seam – Sheet is wrapped around and glued with a single glue seam – Don’t restore replace
  • Full glue press – Glue is all the way around
  • Vintage wrap – etc. Old Nitrocellulose hardened plastic
  • Modern Wrap –  Delmar , vinyl , PVC
  • Pvc Sheet – Don’t try to restore replace _ think pearl forum, and export kits from the 80’s-early 2000’s

Hardware Vintage hardware is either nickel or metal chrome plated

  • For nickel hardware use brasso or LIQUID bar keepers friend
  • For chrome I like simple green and a dremel polishing bit – sorry if it’s pitted you’re kinda out of luck
  • Hoops use a Dremel polishing bit
  • For drying hard to reach places like Snare strainers I use compressed air to blow out the excess liquid

The Process

  • Start by light sanding 250-300 all the way around Key is light sanding taking off 1000 mics at a time
  • Move up by 200 grit every step 500 ,600, 800 , 1000, 3000, or jeweler’s rouge

Tools For restoring your drums

Music from this week’s show

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Next week: Drum Kit Makeover Part 2, Rewrapping

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