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Old 12-06-2016, 09:11 PM
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Default Anyone ever use Contact paper as wrap?

Greetings Friends,

I am thinking of experimenting with Contact paper on some cheap snare shells that I have. If it doesn't work out, I'm not out all that much, as I got two snare shells with lugs for $20 total, and the cost of the Contact paper would be minimal.

I think the "faux wood grain" Contact paper would be cool for an admittedly generic looking "Butcher Block" vibe. I'm sure there are other cool colors too, but I honestly haven't perused the Contact paper section of a store in...............well.................ever!

Also, Home Depot, Lowe's etc. sells self adhesive "imitation ceramic tile" that is actually a rubber or gel like material that is pliable, made for back splashes, bathroom mirror borders etc. See photos for examples. I think it might be fun to experiment with that stuff too.

As far as surface prep, I think the contact paper would have trouble sticking to bare wood, so I'm thinking about sealing the wood with a few coats of satin finish polyurethane and then 000 steel wool-ing it down so it's nice and smooth. I think I would have much better luck with adhesion to a smooth, sealed, non-porous shell.

Either material I choose would be easy to work with and easy to cut. Even if the adhesion isn't all that strong, the lugs would be holding it down as well. I think this might be kind of fun! And the costs will be a mere fraction of what "official" drum wrap is. Because of that, I could always re-do the drum again later in something completely different if I wanted.

Any thoughts?
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Old 12-08-2016, 07:33 AM
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Default Re: Anyone ever use Contact paper as wrap?

Well, yes I have wrapped a kit with contact paper. Did it years about 43 ago. My Dad bought me some MIJ drums for Christmas, all different sparkles. Never was a fan of jelly bean kits so my mom and I wrapped them in blue contact paper. Turned out fine, looked very nice. Played the kit for several years before selling it. I dont recall the kit looking bad when I sold it but it did not move too much either, stayed in the basement most of its life.
Its not gonna be a very durable wrap but for a cheep snare shell go for it, it will look great. Show some pics if you do it please.
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Old 12-08-2016, 02:34 PM
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I did the exact same thing as Jeff in the early 70's. Took a bunch of orphan MIJ drums (sparkles, pearls, bare wood) and covered them all in gloss black contact paper. The guys in the band thought I had bought a new set, and it looked a lot better on stage than a beat-up old "mix-n-match" set. The only problem with contact paper is that it is soft and will buckle above the lugs as the heads are tensioned. I eventually removed the contact paper and the original wraps, sanded the bare wood, and lacquered the natural wood shells as was the fashion back then (and of course, removed all the reso heads and hardware and stuffed the double basses with pillows).

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Old 12-09-2016, 04:07 AM
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Default Re: Anyone ever use Contact paper as wrap?

I haven't wrapped a kit with it, but I have removed it from a kit... what a pain!
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Old 12-09-2016, 04:18 PM
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I haven't wrapped a kit with it, but I have removed it from a kit... what a pain!
I'm with you. DON'T DO IT! It's a drum, either paint it, or wrap it, but please don't make a clean-up disaster for the next guy to own it.

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Old 12-09-2016, 04:54 PM
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IMHO:
It is a lot of work to disassemble, sand, pre-coat, wrap, re-assemble etc.
to just cover with a non permanent covering that will look............ well...like a kitchen shelf.
For all the time it takes to do this work, 2 pieces of wrap are worth it.
Home depot sells metal flashing that guys have used.
It looks pretty good and would be durable.
At least use a decent plastic laminate.
Or wood veneer.
Shelf paper is too soft and as long as you are doing all that work,
Cover them with something good.
Also, drummerfish has some wrap for cheap.
Too much work not to go the extra mile for a good covering.
BTW, What are the drums in question? Lets see....please.
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Old 12-09-2016, 07:19 PM
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Default Re: Anyone ever use Contact paper as wrap?

+1 with the others on not doing it...and especially not with that stick-on tile backsplash stuff. It's way too thick for drum wrap...would be difficult to fit heads after. If you want a wood look...I would suggest wood veneer. I wrapped a whole set of 50's WFL orphan shells in that stuff and it wasn't too difficult to work with at all. Just needed stain and sealer once it was on the drums. Best of luck in whatever you decide to do.

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Old 12-10-2016, 08:33 AM
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There is a cool option you can do with a artsy flair. Our own Jaghog (gary) can tell you more being the exceptional artist he is. My wifes Grandfather back in the 50;s and 60;s used to hand paint metal cabinets, plaster walls etc..... to simulate real wood. He did the plaster wall hallway in our house. But was covered by some panel later in the 70's. This is a small section that survived in the picture. When I restored the house and removed the old paneling it pulled much of the plaster away. And this art with it. 2" nails and liquid nails was used to hold panel in place. but it'l give you the basic idea. A bit more involved but looks cool and like real wood. Maybe a better option vs a wood grain contact paper. Hopefully Gary will see this and chime in further. This was a pretty popular thing back in the day.
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Old 12-12-2016, 01:18 AM
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Please don't use contact paper.The next owner will curse you forever, if you do. It's a huge pain to remove and get all the goo afterwards. I've tried it. No joy. If you've gotta go cheap, paint it.......
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Old 12-12-2016, 01:53 AM
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Default Re: Anyone ever use Contact paper as wrap?

I agree with the other posts... if the kit/drum is worthy of wrapping at all, then it is worth doing with a proper durable wrap that will last a few years.. IMO contact paper looks cheap & nasty (even on kitchen shelves)..
and as said..... it is usually a nightmare to remove ..

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