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Postby JasonDeLima » Mon Aug 11, 2008 11:46 pm

Should I paint before or after the drum shell gets drilled?
And what kind of paint works best?
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Postby Timekeep69 » Tue Aug 12, 2008 5:55 am

Before you drill.

Any auto paint will work but be sure to seal the grain first and prime it.
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Postby JasonDeLima » Tue Aug 12, 2008 6:01 pm

Timekeep69 wrote:Before you drill.

Any auto paint will work but be sure to seal the grain first and prime it.

Uh oh. Before?
I'm ordering from AmDrumParts, and they include free drilling/bearing edges. Would that be a problem?
And how do I seal the grain/prime it?
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Postby Timekeep69 » Tue Aug 12, 2008 6:23 pm

No it won't be a problem, just make sure to tape the holes from the inside. Paint doesn't seep through like stain does.

I think you can use sanding sealer to seal the grain, let me get back to you on that.
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Postby JasonDeLima » Tue Aug 12, 2008 6:31 pm

Timekeep69 wrote:No it won't be a problem, just make sure to tape the holes from the inside. Paint doesn't seep through like stain does.

I think you can use sanding sealer to seal the grain, let me get back to you on that.

How do I tape the holes from the inside?
Sorry for asking so many questions, I'm new to this.
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Postby Timekeep69 » Tue Aug 12, 2008 7:31 pm

masking tape.
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Postby JasonDeLima » Tue Aug 12, 2008 8:47 pm

Timekeep69 wrote:masking tape.

I know I should use some sort of tape, do I take a tiny strip of tape, and tape around the inside of the hole?
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Postby zen_drummer » Tue Aug 12, 2008 9:44 pm

JasonDeLima wrote:
Timekeep69 wrote:masking tape.

I know I should use some sort of tape, do I take a tiny strip of tape, and tape around the inside of the hole?


Rip off a piece of tape and cover the hole from the inside of the shell... you're not trying to prvent paint from getting into the hole... you're trying to keep if from running into the inside of the shell where it would be ugly.
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Postby JasonDeLima » Tue Aug 12, 2008 10:12 pm

zen_drummer wrote:
JasonDeLima wrote:
Timekeep69 wrote:masking tape.

I know I should use some sort of tape, do I take a tiny strip of tape, and tape around the inside of the hole?


Rip off a piece of tape and cover the hole from the inside of the shell... you're not trying to prvent paint from getting into the hole... you're trying to keep if from running into the inside of the shell where it would be ugly.

Oh alright. Thanks. I just thought that the paint layer would make it hard for the lugs to screw in.
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Postby antiunderscores » Wed Aug 13, 2008 2:43 am

JasonDeLima wrote:
zen_drummer wrote:
JasonDeLima wrote:
Timekeep69 wrote:masking tape.

I know I should use some sort of tape, do I take a tiny strip of tape, and tape around the inside of the hole?


Rip off a piece of tape and cover the hole from the inside of the shell... you're not trying to prvent paint from getting into the hole... you're trying to keep if from running into the inside of the shell where it would be ugly.

Oh alright. Thanks. I just thought that the paint layer would make it hard for the lugs to screw in.
it could but it will also help them hold better in the long run and after that the whole will have widened so if you unscrew it/rescrew the lugs it will be the same as it would of been without paint
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Postby Kaos » Wed Aug 13, 2008 8:19 pm

You can also fill the holes with plumbers putty then after painting you can use a nice sharp drill bit and just twist it with your fingers to remove the putty. It works really good for stain too, if you have to do a shell that is pre-drilled.
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Postby sarcasmsetyourhouseonfire » Fri Aug 15, 2008 8:23 am

JasonDeLima wrote:
zen_drummer wrote:
JasonDeLima wrote:
Timekeep69 wrote:masking tape.

I know I should use some sort of tape, do I take a tiny strip of tape, and tape around the inside of the hole?


Rip off a piece of tape and cover the hole from the inside of the shell... you're not trying to prvent paint from getting into the hole... you're trying to keep if from running into the inside of the shell where it would be ugly.

Oh alright. Thanks. I just thought that the paint layer would make it hard for the lugs to screw in.


i use artist's tape. it's not very sticky and won't leave any marks / take off any wood on the inside of the shell.

i had to do that on one of the last snares i did. i didn't have time to do the drilling so i had it done via amdrumparts.

worked like a charm.
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Postby Cheerful-Bear » Thu Aug 21, 2008 5:30 am

Automotive paint is quite expensive, I've found.
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Postby drumsjbutten » Tue Sep 02, 2008 5:12 am

what about painting the fade or did you just paint a straight colour?

did u find it easy overall as a first timer?

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Postby eml » Tue Sep 02, 2008 5:16 am

My black wrap is starting to come off so I'm thinking about painting my shells too. Tough job?
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