Wetsanding Wraps?

gingerb91

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So I read about this a little while ago and recently received some Blue Oyster Pearl drums that showed their age- scratches and fading. I decided to give wetsanding a shot, having good luck when going with the direction of the pearl pattern. I didn't spend much time at any level, not wanting to go to deep. Here's what I did:

1000 grit
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Turtle Wax Rubbing Compound
Turtle Wax Hard Shell Wax

Would like to hear your thoughts!
 

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Those look great. I'm wetsanding some bdp club dates, & started with 800grit. I tried 1200 & it seemed like I was getting nowhere. Did you really notice anything with the higher grits?.......marko
 

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I've seen some of the thinner wraps, like the oysters, look ok after wet sanding, but years later they started to crack. I would never do it...
 

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I have noticed that this finish seems to prone to cracking. I've seen quite a few with cracks. I wonder how wet sanding could cause cracking though?

I never spent very much time at any grit for fear of taking too much off.
 

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Yeah, I feel the same way--wetsanding takes off a minute amount of material from the wrap; hard to believe that it would compromise its structural integrity. It is a bit anxiety-producing, I'll admit. I think mine're coming out okay; definitely a big improvement over what I started out with.............marko
 

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Wraps crack because they're thin and sensitive to contraction and expansion. The stratas, onyxs and mardi gras type finishes are pretty thin and wet sanding makes them thinner.
 

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How do you deal with the seam area? Is there an issue with the "bump" created by the wrap seam leading to uneven spots?
 

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