First Rehab - Nervous about the veneer

flavorizer

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Hi folks,

I did once sand a floor tom too far and found out you can sand away the veneer.

Now I'm on a project which is hard for me to get a read on. I've begun sanding this Pearl World Series bass drum. Kind of a nice set of natural maple!

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I started the job because it looked like it had some odd staining, so I went for it. I can't tell what the stains might be from - you can see they don't follow a pattern I can discern. What could it be?

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The second concern is that I don't want to sand too far and start irreversibly messing up the veneer. But you can see its not removing the stain. Pic 1 shows the sanded area. Pic 2 shows some sanded and some not. Pic 3 shows un-sanded and how the drum originally appeared.

Any advice on getting this thing looking amazing would be helpful. I'm a bit frozen for fear I'll go too far. If Pic 1 looks like its the best I might do, please say so. Thanks!!!!
 

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looks to me like a water stain, even if you sanded through the veneer, I think stain would show on inner plys.
 


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