Can you post a photo of those from 15-20 feet away medium low light?Well I'm definitely not a pro wood finisher, but I have done lots of wood projects. The rack tom is pretty close to the bass. I would strip the FT easily, sand it down lightly, then hope for a close enough match. I'm not going to go thru color matching many boards, etc. I was ambitiously hoping a close color would simply be found out of a can.
The bigger issue for me, frankly, would be getting a quality clear coat finish without bubbles. I refinish by hand and prefer satin finish for that exact reason. When I refinished a vintage Jazzette kit a few years ago, it turned out killer with a lovely satin finish. Here, both the rack and bass are glossy and very smooth to the finish.....so yes, part of me says leave it be. The alternate plan is I have an 8x12 SSB tom I may strip and try to match, too, instead of doing the FT. There is a matching 11x13 on eBay now but the price is more than I paid for the entire kit, so forget it. Maybe I could put the shell up for a trade and get super lucky but doubtful.
Btw, the rack is a 7x10 Catalina maple in walnut gloss. This was nearly a deal breaker as I prefer vintage USA, but it's actually better than I imagined and the color is nice and has similar but smaller lugs. Neither of the toms have die casts, though, and I won't spend the $$$ on them. It's a perfect little kit as is for my home office. I just turn my chair 90 degrees to the left and the kit is there, with a HH stand and a mounted 19" flat ride when I get an inspiration to play, which is multiple times a day the past few months.
Pics are rack, bass, FT......
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