A new finish on an old kit.... a Lacquered Version of Champagne Sparkel (Moved to the correct Thread)

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* Sorry folks, I posted this in the wrong thread earlier... any mod can feel free to delete the one posted on the vintage threads.

I had the opportunity to pick up a nice custom kit several years ago from a local builder called Punkinater Drums (I know, strange name but good builder). The set was comprised of a few different shells and had already been several colors before he offered them to me. We agreed on a new color and he sanded them down and refinished them into a nice red burst. So now, fast forward to today and I am looking around for a set with 3 rack toms for a Toto Tribute show I am involved with (you know, in the spirit of Jeff Porcaro) when I thought of adding an extra rack and a new kick to my Punkinater set and just using that.

Here is the orgional set....

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Well, me being me, I got bored and decided that instead of just finishing the new drums in the same matching burst, I would do them all in a new finish. I have always loved Champagne Sparkle (or Bermuda Sand) wraps and even have an older Grestch Catalina Club set in Cooper Sparkle. So using that as my starting point, he went to work.... and I wanted to share the results thus far. This is just an amazing sprayed metallic finish which he is calling "Vintage Sand". His version has a little more movement over a wrap offering with a bit more sparkle and the ability to change under lights, and I so love it. I can’t wait to put the kit back together and give it a test run. But until then, here are a few shots of the drums thus far.

Sorry for the ramble, just excited and wanted to share…

Our starting point...

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And where we are at this point...

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How did he do it? Did he spray right over the previous finish? Did he sand it down, then refinish? Did he rough up the previous finish, then recoat over the top?
 

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How did he do it? Did he spray right over the previous finish? Did he sand it down, then refinish? Did he rough up the previous finish, then recoat over the top?
+1 Inquiring minds want to know......

Nice work there.
 

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How did he do it? Did he spray right over the previous finish? Did he sand it down, then refinish? Did he rough up the previous finish, then recoat over the top?

Thanks for the kind words.... he started by sanding them smooth but not stripping them as he designed the color to use black as a foundation. He sent this pic as a illustration of the transition...

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From there, he sprayed a sealer coat as the bonding agent for the metallic flakes and sprayed that into the sealer (at the same time maybe... I never asked). This image is the drum sprayed with the flakes but not yet sanded or clear coated...

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He then sanded the irregular flakes (remember this is metal and not glitter) flat and started the clear coat over it...

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And just kept spraying coats and sanding between each coat until it was thick enough (though not all that thick) to have a smooth top coat.

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Slowly coming together.... I will post in the general thread once the whole kit is back together. Thanks for the kind words and thumbs up's. It's not perfect, but overall I'm pretty happy. The core set has been several colors according to the builder and I still can see the results of old hardware hole repairs in a few spots (like a couple of the floor tom legs have been relocated) but from the exterior, they are gone.


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