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  • Spraying metal lugs

    Hi folks I have a very old and rusty Tama Swingstar snare that Id like to convert using a Triggera Intrigg. Its a steel shell. The shell itself has cleaned up well and so has the bottom hoop. However the lugs are very pitted still and thats after cleaning with coke and aliminium foil. Has anyone ever sprayed their lugs or hardware with paint for metal? Im sure Ive seen chrome / silver paint available. Thoughts anyone? Cheers in advance for any help! Kenny

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    I have sprayed metal before (not drum hardware) and the secret is in the prep - lots of cleaning, then acid etch primer, then high build primer (to smooth off pits) then topcoat - then possibly a clearcoat for durability - on something as small as lugs it shouldn't be too big a job though.
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    • #3
      Thanks cheddies. So you don't think I could just spray over the pitted chrome?

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      • #4
        It's really a question of durability. I converted a Ludwig metal snare into a kick drum a while ago. I was in a hurry so I sprayed the hoops and lugs with Valspar black lacquer in a rattle can. I did very little prep, spraying directly over the chrome after cleaning with alcohol. It looks decent but I'm sure it won't stand up to much abuse. You certainly won't regret doing a quality job but you might regret it if you don't.
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        • #5
          As bwilburn points out above - you can do it, and it will look ok at the end, but it probably won't last very long.

          Minimum I would do is metal primer and colour-coat.
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          West London, UK.
          TD-11 module | DTXplorer rack | 3 x tp65 | 12" millenuim mesh head snare | cy-5, pcy65s and pcy150 cymbals | fd8 hh | krigg kick trigger w/ mapex raptor pedal.

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          • #6
            From the little 'knowledge' (ahem) I could pick up when it came to the terms 'color' and 'metal', if you truly want a durable hardware-finish, instead of spraying you may think about powder-coating it... ....just spraying it could leave a flakey result...


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            - Dänoh



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            • #7
              Hmmmm...thanks everyone for the advice. A couple more questions if I may please... If I sand the lugs, I wouldve thought the primer would take to the metal better. However, do I need to sand first? Powder coating is out of the question. Im thinking nice and easy spraying of chrome or similar colour. Should I go with a different colour in contrast to the chrome shell? Whats everyones thoughts please?

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              • #8
                Yes, why not - Whatever suits your fancy!

                I'm sure something bold like red lugs looks sweet on a chrome shell!
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                Greetings from Switzerland,
                - Dänoh



                "My best friends' name is J-SON. They used to call him 'Mr. Parse.' He has an 'Error'..!"

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                • #9
                  How about using plastidip? They have some cool metal colors.
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                  • #10
                    Plastidip is awsome,I have used it on my vehicles and it looks killer ,also no prep other than cleaning and 100% reversable
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                    • #11
                      What is plastidip guys? Ive never heard of it.

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                      • #12
                        dipyourcar.com for a lot of info.

                        Here's a video from them for the "true metallics" line:

                        DTX700, eDRUMin 4+10, A2E Dixon kit, Yamaha cymbals, FSR HH
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                        • #13
                          Duplicolor also has some nice colored metallic finishes that can be applied directly over metal...and even chrome to give it that "anodized" look. Also....if you have Plating shop near you....or even on line....it shouldn't be all that expensive to have the lot re-chromed.
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                          • #14
                            Thanks guys for all your advice. I will go to our local hardware store and see what theyve got. I will let you know how it goes.

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                            • #15
                              The Duplicolor will probly be at the auto parts store.
                              8 piece DIY Acrylic, 2x2Box DrumIt5, Gen16 4xDCP, DIY Acrylic&Gen16 Conversions, Sleishman Twin-QuadSteele hybrid, Gibraltar&DrumFrame rack, DW9502LB, Midi Knights Pro Lighting
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