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Old 08-08-2019, 08:00 AM
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Default Fixing Shell Cracks?

What's the best way to fix a bad crack in an old MIJ shell? The set I bought a couple weeks ago has a really bad crack in the BD shell.
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Old 08-08-2019, 11:45 AM
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How deep is the crack ?
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Old 08-08-2019, 04:48 PM
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With a sharpie!
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Old 08-10-2019, 11:32 AM
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How deep is the crack ?
I'm not sure, but it looks fairly deep. I was thinking of using a wood filler, but I was hoping that someone here with some experience could offer some assistance. I see I'm not getting much help.
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Old 08-10-2019, 11:40 AM
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I'm not sure, but it looks fairly deep. I was thinking of using a wood filler, but I was hoping that someone here with some experience could offer some assistance. I see I'm not getting much help.
Show me a pic so I can help you.

If it's a deep crack it will need to be filled. It will show, and never be hidden. Simply saying it's a deep crack will get you ....fill it, sand it, live with the scar. If it's from a pillow, there will be rot involved, mold involved and those need to be dealt with first. If it got dropped and cracked, you can squeeze it together and minimize scar. Does it go edge to edge ?

We kinda need to see it.
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Old 08-10-2019, 03:18 PM
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Sorry, thought the Sharpe comment would make you laugh, weren't,you the one fixing sparkle wrap with a sharpie pen with great results? I was not making fun of it just thought it was funny, apparently I'm the only one who thinks that. I've been waiting for some response.
A picture of the cracked drum would really be helpful, I would be glad to offer a serious response if I knew more about it.
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Old 08-11-2019, 11:26 AM
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I know you were kidding, and yes, I was coloring in faded red sparkle wrap with a Sharpie (which worked nicely). I'm going to take the head off the drum and photograph the crack tonight and post it. I bought a tube of Plastic Wood yesterday at the hardware store. The store owner thought that might be the best fix, but he has no experience with drum shells.

I've decided to make this MIJ set a project and clean up some of the inconsistencies-which are few, BTW. Eventually, the drums will go to Precision Drum for bearing edges and possibly lacquering of the shell interiors.
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Old 08-11-2019, 12:12 PM
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Hey, DrumBob,
If you are going to use Plastic Wood, you might want to try Minwax Woodfiller with Hardener instead. It's more expensive BUT, of a much better quality. When dry, it requires a bit of effort to even sand it smooth. Many furniture restorers also use this product with excellent results. Hope this helps. Personally, I liked your post about the Sharpie. You seem like the kind of guy who "thinks outside the box"! Good luck, sir!
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Old 08-11-2019, 02:21 PM
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I agree with Salty,...tube mixed is in a big batch and inconsistent, go a pro route with quality fillers. you also want your filler to except that stain you plan on. Spread anything you use with the thinnest credit card you got, it'll save on sanding and sanding markings.

Show close and a distance in the pics.
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Old 08-13-2019, 07:48 PM
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As soon as I can take a photo, I'll post it. Thanks.
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