Before and After- Round Badge floor tom

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Really proud of this one! I can post more After photos tomorrow if anyone's interested.

Badge is a reproduction. Finish is black nitro lacquer.
 

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Nicely done! Original legs also? Looks like they cleaned up great as well.
 

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Looks great, do you have the rest of the kit?
 

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Nicely done! Original legs also? Looks like they cleaned up great as well.
Barkeepers Friend, a polishing wheel and lots of patience!

Pedro, I have an ongoing project of "lost cause" round badge shells that I strip, clean, and lacquer. I've discovered that a peeled round badge shell is one of the best sounding drums out there, and I work for a suicide prevention nonprofit for musicians and don't make much money! Since I can't afford a new USA Gretsch kit, I just lie in the tall grass looking for shells with wrap falling off, then give them this treatment.

The kit is currently 13", two 16" floor toms, a drop G 22" kick, and a 24" kick. I just finished a snare, too. I'm ready for pretty much any gig with some combination of those drums.
 

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What’s your process for lacquering these? The finish on that floor tom and snare looks great!


So, in the past I've used a buddy's spray booth to do this, but right now there are supply chain issues with nitro-cellulose lacquer. Because I was impatient and because I knew that these were going to be my drums and I'd be ok with a few imperfections, I just bought rattle-can nitro, heated them in hot water, used a standard rattle-can primer, and then did multiple coats (like six, I think?) buffing with 0000 steel wool between coats.

Because lacquer is solvent based, it lies down nice and flat on top of itself, and you can hand buff to as mirror-like a finish as you want, though I like it somewhere between "satin" and "wet piano."

I used a respirator and sprayed outdoors. Lacquer is pretty nasty stuff to breathe and I used to smoke cigarettes, so I have to be extra careful.

OH, and someone asked me about the suicide prevention nonprofit. It's called Nuci's Space, and you can get way more info here:


We're a 501c3, so if you wanted to make a donation, it's tax deductible!
 

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Here are a few more photos. Please ignore how disheveled my shop is!
 

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Great Job!....I have a Black USA Shell Bank so I can really appreciate them
14x22, 18x20, 14x20, 14x18, 16x16, 14x14, 11x13, 9x13, 8x12, 8x10 and 5x14" and 6.5x14" snare drums.
 

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Barkeepers Friend, a polishing wheel and lots of patience!

Pedro, I have an ongoing project of "lost cause" round badge shells that I strip, clean, and lacquer. I've discovered that a peeled round badge shell is one of the best sounding drums out there, and I work for a suicide prevention nonprofit for musicians and don't make much money! Since I can't afford a new USA Gretsch kit, I just lie in the tall grass looking for shells with wrap falling off, then give them this treatment.

The kit is currently 13", two 16" floor toms, a drop G 22" kick, and a 24" kick. I just finished a snare, too. I'm ready for pretty much any gig with some combination of those drums.
You sound like a guy I want to hang with :D Doing what you're doing is the only way I'll ever get a choice set of high-enders, too. Can't do the lacquer, though...I'm just going to strip them, dye/stain or dye/ceruse if the grain's suitable, then either teak oil or Tru Oil...I like both but leaning toward teak oil for a non-glossy finish. Definitely black or mostly black, though.
 
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