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Old 10-20-2019, 06:46 PM
deansdrums59 deansdrums59 is offline
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Default CitriStrip fail-learn from Dean

For you guys who take the time to follow my projects on this forum, you know: 1-I'll try any project as long as I have the good advice I always find here and 2-I'm admittedly, not very "mechanical." With all that, goof-ups are inevitable.
On another post, the guys here helped me identify a Ludwig tenor drum that had the blue sparkle painted over with thick and hastily applied red enamel paint.
I read here and online and decided my best attempt to salvage the tenor drum was to strip off the red enamel with CitriStrip.
Understand, I am not here to discredit CitriStrip. I am sure between my lack of experience on such things and the fact that the ugly paint was on so thick, I simply have to chalk it up as a loss but hope the info can help you if you come across a similar project.

To keep it brief, here's a step by step of my approach and results:
-roughed up enamel with sandpaper to give stripper a good grab
-rolled out thin plastic on floor, put drum on it and, according to directions, saturated the enamel with stripper. My own idea was to roll the drum up in the plastic film to keep the lifted paint soft until I could return to the project.
-let sit 24 hours
-use putty knife to scrape off enamel
-enamel is soft, bubble-gum like and very, VERY sticky to the point I could not get the soft enamel gunk to lift off of the wrap.
-reboot: saturate soft enamel with stripper, no plastic wrap this time and wait 8 hours.
-enamel is still a gunky mess that will only come off wrap in thin gooey strings. Where the paint did lift, it started to life the blue sparkle.
Disappointed at my attempt, I put the drum aside until I have time to re-think the next move.
When I came back the next day, the enamel had dried back on like solid rock! So I decided to remove the wrap, discard it and prep the shell, hoops, heads and hardware for sale.
I was glad the blue sparkle wrap came off the shell easily UNTIL---I got to the seam. Deciding to apply a little force, when I pulled the wrap the shell began to crack at the factory glued chamferred seam.
That's when I stopped and shelved the whole idea and decided to tell you about it here. I have much more pressing projects on the other burners I have to get to, so you will find this gear for sale in the coming days. It should be an ideal floor tom conversion.
BTW, on the flip side of the blue sparkle wrap is red sparkle. Dean
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Old 10-20-2019, 06:49 PM
deansdrums59 deansdrums59 is offline
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Default Re: CitriStrip fail-learn from Dean

More pics for you. Thanks for reading. Dean
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Old 10-20-2019, 06:57 PM
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Default Re: CitriStrip fail-learn from Dean

Sorry the pics are out of order but you get the idea.
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Old 10-20-2019, 07:18 PM
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Default Re: CitriStrip fail-learn from Dean

I feel your pain. I used citristripe on a 15 inch maple marching snare and had the same experience. Fortunately, it did not have a wrap on it and I was able to sand it to get the paint off.
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Old 10-20-2019, 07:29 PM
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Originally Posted by deansdrums59 View Post
More pics for you. Thanks for reading. Dean
Maybe it`s just me, but, the finish in the 2nd pic looks cool!! Just sayin!!

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Old 11-18-2019, 08:59 PM
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Default Re: CitriStrip fail-learn from Dean

Not sure citristrip is good for paint removal. I used it to remove glue residue on a shell and it worked great. Grafitti remover might have worked better. Maybe even paint stripper. There are many threads on here of people removing paint very successfully from wraps.
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