how to make a gloss shell into satin finish

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  1. hector48

    hector48 Well-Known Member

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    I got a Yamaha Tour custom kit, which is a maple shell and natural satin finish.
    They don't make an 8" tom in this series, but there is a Yamaha stage custom in 8" with a natural gloss finish.
    It is birch, but it has the same hardware as the Tour custom.

    If I get the gloss birch shell, is there a way to dull the lacquer finish to more closely match the maple satin shell?

    I know with guitar finishes you can lightly buff a satin finish to get some gloss, but I want to go the other way.
    From gloss to satin.

    So, bottom line.
    Starting with birch gloss natural shell.
    Want to make it look like a maple satin natural shell.
    I realize it's never going to be 100%, but with a small tom, it shouldn't be too obvious.
     
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    MillerMav Well-Known Member

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    Probably just wet sand with around a 2000 grit and then scuff with 000 steel wool. As long as you always go in the same direction it should come out pretty good.
     
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    hector48 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks.
    What exactly is "wet sanding"?
    Are you just making the sand paper damp with water?
     
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    amosguy DFO Master

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    Ahhh - the beauty of YouTube. Lots of videos there, though I cannot say which work better than others.

     
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    hector48 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the video.
    That looks simple enough.
     
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    JazzDrumGuy DFO Master

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    I figured something like that.......nice video, thanks!
     

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