Repairing lacquered shells

Rmgreg

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These are closeups of minor surface scratches in the clear coat. Would wiping with lacquer thinner be the best approach to improve? Do you carefully only wipe the scratch with a Q-tip or a larger area to blend?
 

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Agreed. You need to know what the finish actually IS and then talk to people who know how to work with such a finish. There often isn’t a super-easy fix.
 

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Lacquer For DW are same varnish used for cars!
From DW Drums website:
Care of DW Lacquer Finishes:
Caring for any of our Lacquer finishes could be compared to caring for your car. Since our lacquers are of the same caliber as those in the auto industry, we recommend a similar process. For a thorough cleaning, we suggest you remove all lugs and hardware from the shell. Clean the drums with a solution of mild detergent (dishwashing soap works well) and water, then dry completely with a soft clean cloth. To add a great shine, procure a petroleum-based liquid wax from an auto parts store. Follow the directions on the wax using small amounts on a soft clean cloth. Applied sparingly will yield the best results.
Here at the Workshop, we use Music Nomad Drum Detailer during final assembly (for Lacquer and FinishPly only) to give our drums that extra shine. You can order some for yourself at musicnomadcare.com/drumdetailer.html.
 

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Here is an older DFO thread. Someone thinks there is a polyester base layer and then a clear coat. DW should be able to give an exact answer.

 


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