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Old 03-25-2014, 11:23 AM
DrumOgre DrumOgre is offline
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Default Re: So I bought a Round Badge kit today...

Now that I've had a couple of days to let the initial excitement wear off, I'm looking at the kit more practically, and decided to do some minor restoration just to help the kit look it's best.

1. The wrap has the usual scuffs, dull spots, a tiny bit of snare rash... I know that people on this forum recommend Novus for restoring wraps, but this is very old sparkle, and it has that sort of orange peel 'roughness' that old sparkle wraps get - no longer shiny or glassy - still sparkles obviously, but I'd like to shine it up and hopefully make the scuffs and scratches less noticeable - is Novus the way to go, even on aged wrap such as this? Or a coat of some kind of wax?

2. Bass Drum Hoops. Lots of small chips and bites, screw indents from pedals, cowbell holders, etc. - should I just touch them up with black enamel, or sand and refinish completely? I already need to replace the inlays with new wrap, so they're not "original" as is... any serious harm to value if I completely strip and repaint them?

3. Got my missing washer on the way (thanks Larry!) - These spurs are pretty lightweight though. Thinking about adding some hoop-mounted spurs just to stabilize the drum and keep it in one place. Anyone else done this? Might look funny, but it would make the drum more playable without doing something silly like drilling holes for new spurs.

Thanks for all the advice thus far, and for any further advice you can give on these matters!

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Old 03-25-2014, 02:03 PM
Boscoe Boscoe is offline
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Default Re: So I bought a Round Badge kit today...

Please, for the love of God, don't drill any holes!!I don't think anybody is going to slight you for repainting the hoops especially since they need inlays. If anybody gripes, you could just buy new hoops and put the originals away for safe keeping. Novus is the way to go. It's amazing stuff. I had a kit that was scuffed so bad it looked like it had never seen a case and they came out looking better than any wax I had ever used. I used #2 and #3. It works better if you remove all the hardware first. Beautiful drums. I hope to own a round badge kit someday.
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Old 03-27-2014, 08:47 AM
thornbeck thornbeck is offline
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Default Re: So I bought a Round Badge kit today...

That's a great looking kit and I'm not partial to blue glass glitter. I have attached a picture of my son's SSB wrapped in Blue Glass Glitter from Jammin Sams. This is not the dark blue glass glitter he also sells, which has a black backing.

I think a silver glass glitter would be a good option for the hoop inlay. For two reasons:
1 - the new blue is not going to be an exact match and might visually stick out more

2 - the silver glass inlay is going to look awesome against the blue glass shells
I've only lightly sanded hoops before repainting with satin or semi-gloss black paint and they always turn out great. I think that's all you need to do.

Novus! (that is all I need to say)

Even though they look awesome and you haven't even cleaned them yet, please post pictures after you're finished.

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