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Old 01-11-2019, 01:17 PM
CTMichaelV CTMichaelV is offline
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Default Test to see the effect of the sun on wraps

Everyone knows that besides smoke, the sun is one of the worst enemies for a drum wrap.

So, like my experiment of several ways to remove or lessen yellow from a WMP I am going to do an effect of the sun on various wraps this summer.

The intent is to help those that have kits that may have faded or yellowed over time and when they pick up a drum to go with the kit they need to have the same (or close) wrap color.

Iím pulling all the stuff together right now to do this experiment, but I need some input.

The questions I have are . . .

Do you think there would be a major difference between the wraps that Precision sells (I was told they are made by Delmar) and Jamminí Sam (not sure who manufactures their wrap)?

Do you think the newer wraps would have some UV inhibitor to protect them?

Do you think there might be a difference of old wraps compared to modern day ones?
If so, any ideas where I might pick up some ~ 4Ē wide x 12Ē long pieces of 60ís or 70ís wrap to use (some that have not faded or yellowed/browned too much.

I am planning on using some strips of the following wraps to see the effect the sun has over time:
White Marine Pearl; Black Oyster Pearl; Silver Sparkle; Gold Sparkle

Any others I should try?

Yea, a bit of time on my hands and as my wife says . . . Iím always the inquisitive engineer

No Guru - I just love collecting & learning about vintage drums!

Some of my favorites from the kits in the collection
58 WFL New Yorker Blue Sparkle
67 Ludwig Hollywood Red Psychedelic
69 Ludwig Standard Red Ruby Strata
70's Ludwig BOP "Ringo" Kit

A few of my favorite snares
20's Leedy Black Elite
51 Leedy & Ludwig Knob Tension
58 WFL Buddy Rich Classic Blue Sparkle
63 Walberg & Auge Sea Blue Agave Green Pearl
66 Leedy Shelly Manne Blue Agate Pearl
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Old 01-11-2019, 06:02 PM
grantro grantro is offline
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Cool Re: Test to see the effect of the sun on wraps

Very interesting experiment!! I wonder if a UV light of some sort would also give the same effect as the sun would?

1976 Ludwig Mach 4 Thermogloss 26-18-14-14sn
1978 Ludwig Stainless 22-22-18-16-14-13-12 c/w 6-8-10-12-13-14-15-16-18-20-22-24 concert toms
1975 Sonor Phonic Centennials Metallic Pewter 22-16-13-12-14sn (D506)
1971 Ludwig Classic Bowling Ball OBP 22-16-14-13
1960's Stewart Peacock Pearl 20-16-12-14sn
1980`s Ludwig Coliseum Piano Black 8x14 snare
1973 Rogers Superten 5x14 & 6.5x14 COS snares
1970`s John Grey Capri Aquamarine Sparkle 5x14 snare
1941 Ludwig & Ludwig Super 8x14 snare
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Old 01-12-2019, 07:45 AM
allandwf allandwf is offline
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Default Re: Test to see the effect of the sun on wraps

I think the timescale may be an issue.
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Old 01-12-2019, 09:30 AM
jaghog jaghog is offline
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Default Re: Test to see the effect of the sun on wraps

It takes decades for the sun to break down pigments
1968 pink champagne holly wood , downbeat snare, and jazz fest, supra
1961 cob super 400
some nice old bronze pies
67 super classic champagne with 18 in ft

once the brass ceases to glitter, and the drum looses its luster, and the stage remains dark, all you have left is the timbre of family. E- bay gd1825
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Old Today, 01:45 AM
clubdate64 clubdate64 is offline
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Default Re: Test to see the effect of the sun on wraps

The yellowing is different from fading. The yellowing in plastics is caused by a chemical that is a flame retardant. Yellowing happens a lot quicker than the fading of colors.
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1964 Leedy (Slingerland) Blue n Silver Duco
1964 Ludwig Club Date Sparkling Silver Pearl
1966 Ludwig Super Classic Sparkling Silver Pearl
1972 Slingerland 85N Pop outfit Light Blue Pearl
1981 Gretsch SSB Gran Prix Rosewood
1987 Yamaha Turbo Tour Custom Mellow Yellow
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