Canned air is great on a new build, but in trying to match other drums, the razor blade method will net more natural results. Matching is such a tedious endeavor, but is so rewarding when complete.That's a good idea! The checking on the other drums is with the grain, so it would be nice to control it, although more time-consuming I'm sure. I've gone through a couple test boards where the lacquer tint was nowhere close (neck amber and butterscotch from Ohio valley nitro.) Waiting on a couple more options from Stewmac right now.