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    Default Advice on refinishing a drum set.

    I have an Export kit (not sure exactly what model) that I want to refinish and it is currently wrapped in "Topo Gold" which is how I bought it. I want to add a 10" and 14" tom to it, but I have no idea where to start with wrapping, so I got the idea to stain the shells.

    This is what the wrap looks like.

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    This is what the stain would look like. (practiced on a Gretcsh nighthawk tom)

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    I like the look of the Gold wrap, but staining is the only way I can see being able to add more drums and have the same matching finish. I also don't want to ruin the shells, so I guess I'm looking for the help and opinions of others.

    On a separate note, my bass drum is virgin, and as far as I know, pearl didn't offer a virgin kick in 22" for the export series. Any insight?

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    Have sex with your bass drum
    My Kit And Its Progress, If Anyone Cares

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    Quote Originally Posted by mythkid1208 View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by mythkid1208 View Post
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    The time isn't right.

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    That bass drum doesn't look Export to me. Spurs looks weird and lugs looks more like Vision lugs..

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    Quote Originally Posted by bentheboar View Post
    The time isn't right.
    That way you won't need a virgin bass drum anymore!
    My Kit And Its Progress, If Anyone Cares

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    Well I recently refinished my drums and they look great (if I do say so myself) but I didn't do any stain on them. If you do everything correctly (I.e. removing hardware, drum wrap, glue, sanding it down, applying stain, applying clear coats, sanding between coats) then they will look good. The sanding part is the real tedious part of the process and u need to be meticulous about it. Apply Lots of clear coats (at least 5) if you want to make it look almost glassy.
    Anyways, I learned all this from researching on google and then more by experimenting with my own project. Cant wait to see your results. Good luck

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    My advice would be to just wrap whatever drums you want to add.....wrapping is far easier to get better results, and likely much cheaper than refinishing the whole set. The wrapping process takes some trial and maybe error, but if you use the tape method, you can correct any screw-ups.....though the glue method is what I prefer. Precision Drum carries the topo gold wrap, just call and ask for a sample to be sure it matches.

    Plus, I dig the wrap.

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    The timber used on less expensive kits like the Export is not generally the best and you are unlikely to get consistent results from one drum to the next. Your est bet would be to wrap them and this would be far easier as stated in the previous reply. Good luck!

    Quote Originally Posted by bentheboar View Post
    I have an Export kit (not sure exactly what model) that I want to refinish and it is currently wrapped in "Topo Gold" which is how I bought it. I want to add a 10" and 14" tom to it, but I have no idea where to start with wrapping, so I got the idea to stain the shells.

    This is what the wrap looks like.

    <img src="http://www.pearldrummersforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=450053"/>

    This is what the stain would look like. (practiced on a Gretcsh nighthawk tom)

    <img src="http://www.pearldrummersforum.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=450054"/>

    I like the look of the Gold wrap, but staining is the only way I can see being able to add more drums and have the same matching finish. I also don't want to ruin the shells, so I guess I'm looking for the help and opinions of others.

    On a separate note, my bass drum is virgin, and as far as I know, pearl didn't offer a virgin kick in 22" for the export series. Any insight?

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    I forbid you from removing that wrap. It is too sexy.

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    I think it's a tossup, although from what I've read, wrapped drums often aren't the most attractive drums once the wrap comes off, and that's if the wrap comes off cleanly. Aside from that, if you don't know your business when it comes to finishing wood, particularly when it comes to finishing porus, inexpensive woods, you can wind up with a final product that really doesn't look that great. I've taken the time and effort to do deep, glossy lacquer finishes on a couple of drum projects, and it's a ton of time and effort, particularly when it comes to wet-sanding and hand rubbing to get that smooth, glossy mirror-like effect. I did it with a snare and with a floor tom project - I can't imagine doing it for a whole kit without upgrading my setup to some kind of motorized buffing setup.

    Are you sure those are Exports - when exports were discontinued I think they were still using the same lugs that I have on my Pearl SMX Session, and your lugs don't look like mine - they look like Visions lugs.

    There's a guy on here who did a really sweet finish on a Pearl Session with paint, doing kind of a two-tone thing with natural wood and the black. I'll have to see if I can find it and link it - it's a fantastic looking kit.
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    I find it's easy to tell when someone tried to refinish a lower line kit that used to be wrapped and rarely does it look good in my opinion.
    I own or have owned drums and cymbals made by every major manufacturer. My go-to kit is a DW Collectors series set.

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