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Old 09-27-2016, 01:17 PM
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Default Not vintage but... removing enamel? HELP!

Hey everybody,

I am picking up a PDP 805 kit this weekend to use as a gigging kit, that has a black lacquer finish and (factory) GREEN hardware. Looks like a sort of baked enamel finish (glossy, not like a powder coat).

I would like to remove the green. Does anyone here have any clue how I can go about doing it? I don't know whether the lugs are chrome plated underneath the enamel, but even if I can just get them down to bare metal I'd be happier than with the green.

I have considered painting the hardware with a silver enamel, but I have a feeling it will start chipping and flaking as soon as they start getting played and lugged around.

HELP!
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Old 09-27-2016, 01:20 PM
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Default Re: Not vintage but... removing enamel? HELP!

OH man! It looks so unique though I like that green! I bet if you wore a matching green track suit while playing this kit you would like the color more!
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Old 09-27-2016, 01:47 PM
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Mr. Ogre:
I think this might be an idea best left alone. In the long run, it may prove to be costly and VERY time consuming. "If it ain't broken, don't fix it!" Just an opinion. The black and green aren't that bad and they are factory. They are your drums however,and of course, you're free to do whatever you like with them.
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Old 09-27-2016, 03:09 PM
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https://i.ytimg.com/vi/E1jRxwJ_7D4/maxresdefault.jpg Also here is another thing you could do to potentially make it look a little nicer without going crazy on paint stripping. Im not sure if Paiste still does the colorsounds but I bet you could find a few green colorsounds floating around that might accent that kit nicely
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Old 09-27-2016, 03:33 PM
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Silly question maybe, but why would you buy them at all? Are they very cheap? Otheriwse: why buy a kit that you don't like the looks of? There must be more than plenty kits around that you do like the looks of.
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Old 09-27-2016, 03:56 PM
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Cheap. They are decent birch shells, I like the sizes, and I can get them for less than $0 once I sell the parts I don't need.
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Old 09-27-2016, 04:33 PM
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Would be a cool "Green Hornet" kit. Media blasting best way to get the green off. Whole bunch easier to just replace with something you like and same hole spacing.
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Old 09-27-2016, 04:59 PM
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I have no tips to add other than get rid of the green by whatever means necessary!
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Old 09-27-2016, 07:03 PM
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I'm not a fan of color coated hardware, and never was.. I do however enjoy a black nickel, nickel, satin nickel or brass hardware. I'm going to have to agree with salty1322 and say just leave it be.
Unless you enjoy working on something that's time consuming and have the actual time for it, then i'd say go for it.
If you have even the slightest doubts as to how to go about it, then i'd just leave it alone..

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Old 09-28-2016, 11:29 AM
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Default Re: Not vintage but... removing enamel? HELP!

the green should be either green PLATING (like they do with black parts. not powder coating since the kit's made over seas) or possibly cheap powder coating.

i worked at a indie drum company and i've sent parts to get p.c. many times. i have also buffed or stripped bad p.c. its not fun.

media blasting would be the best way to go, but parts are usually scuffed so the powder will stick. those kits made overseas most likely will not take the time to prep the parts for p.c. but there's no way to tell the condition underneath.

as noted above, it may not be worth the time to strip but its your call.

i've used jasco premium paint remover to strip p.c. just let it sit for awhile and scrap it off. sometimes it takes a few tries if the parts have alot of angles. or i'm sure there's some youtube videos that show how to strip p.c.
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