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  • Painting V-shells

    Quite a while back, someone was talking about covering the white shells with wallpaper. Then there were discussions on striping the covering and painting the shells and it ended up with talk about decals. I don't believe anyone ever really said they did anything. Is there some reason you couldn't apply paint directly to the white shells and has anyone done anything to change their appearance?
    Kit Pic 1 Kit Pic 2 Kit Pic 3... And FOR SALE I have: 3 PD-9's, MDS-10 purple rack w/cables/pad and cym mounts. See classified posts for details or PM me.

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    Originally posted by Boingo:
    Quite a while back, -snip- done anything to change their appearance?
    I've sent a couple of e-mails to a company (whose name escapes me right now) that produces a material that you slip over your drumshell to change the appearance... I've asked about cost for a set of v-pros and gave them dimensions... and a pattern idea, and they haven't gotten back to me...

    I'll prolly post here if I ever do it.
    rus

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    [This message has been edited by rus (edited January 06, 2001).]
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    • #3
      I don't think you can apply paint directly to the smooth shell wall, but perhaps a two-component underground will help fixing the paint. Be careful.
      Robert

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      • #4
        Try www.drumspan.com They make fabric wraps for drums. I saw a picture of REMO Legaro drums with the wraps on them. They look pretty close to the V Pro's dimesions and the company claims to customise. Also There's a Roland Users Group magazine out there with Lenny Kravitz on the cover and his drummer has a red sparkle finish V-Pro kit. I know I have a copy around here somewhere...

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        • #5
          I have customized my Vpro . I went to a local graphic shop. They used an aluminium wrap that is used for auto detailing. I chose Black Ultra Metalic. (it is like a sparkle finish). I removed all of the hardware, trigger mechanism and the cover over the 1/4 jack output. (The cover was attached with double sided permanent tape). The rubber on the bottom bearing edge was left on. The factory Vinyl wrap was also left on. They wrapped the drum with the new colored wrap (over top the old)and matched up the seems. I let the shop do it because they are the proffessionals. I know I would have had bubbles and that it would have been very difficult to lay flush with rubber on bottom. The end result was great. After reinstalling the hardware and the guts, each and every drum looked stunning. To take it one notch forward, I wanted the rack a differnt color. I like the steel bars Roland uses but they are powder coated. I did not want to have them stripped and powder coated a differnt color,that would have been to expensive. I contacted a friend who works with metal. We both agreed that paint would chip, so he gave me a metal dye. I don't know what it is called but I do know you cannot by it in stores. You need a resporator with a special filter when using this stuff. I also know it is availabe in many differnt colors. The end result was great my Roland rack is now black. The powder coat is just as durable as before, exept it is black. The Giblaltor and Percussion plus clamps I use do not scratch the finish. One more step forward I took a sample of the new color wrap to an autobody friend of mine. He matched the wrap with a top grade automotive paint. On the PD-9's and PD-7's I stripped the rubber, removed the triggers (becareful not to break the rim trigger)and metal that is used to attach the pad to the rack. So basically I had the white plastic piece underneath the PD-9. I had them painted (again by a proffessional)the same color has the new wrap. The end result was also great. After putting everthing back together it looks like A factory Roland VPro but in Black Sparkle and a black powder coated rack.
          Total price.
          Black Ultra metallic wrap-$100.00
          Black Ultra metallic paint-$45.00
          Painter labor-$40.00
          Black metal dye?
          Finished product-Priceless
          I love the new look. I hated the white and the blue. I almost forgot on the bottom of the PD-9 and PD-7 I had the graphics shop make new Roland Stckers for the bottom. I had them made in brushed metal so they stand out. I hope this was not to long winded. Good luck!
          TD10ex

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          • #6
            WOW!!!! Pictures please.

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            • #7
              Guuuuuutttssyy. But hey....if your careful!!
              Really like to see these. Any snapshots ??

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              • #8
                Originally posted by BtnkBndt:
                WOW!!!! Pictures please.
                I'll second that BZ. Price sounds reasonable too.
                Kit Pic 1 Kit Pic 2 Kit Pic 3... And FOR SALE I have: 3 PD-9's, MDS-10 purple rack w/cables/pad and cym mounts. See classified posts for details or PM me.

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                • #9
                  I don't have access to a digital camera. Maybe I'll take a photograph and have sombody here scan it for me. I'll do my best. The kit really does look cool.
                  My ***** is, If I could do it why couldn't Roland.
                  TD10ex

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                  • #10
                    I will scan the picture for you. New York is not so far away from Amsterdam
                    Robert

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by bz:
                      I don't have access to a digital camera. Maybe I'll take a photograph and have sombody here scan it for me. I'll do my best. The kit really does look cool.
                      My ***** is, If I could do it why couldn't Roland.
                      if you can't find anyone local, send the pics to me. (contact me via e-mail for the info)
                      rus

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                      [This message has been edited by rus (edited January 09, 2001).]
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                      • #12
                        Well my friend has a digital camera. I will post the pictures within a week or so.
                        TD10ex

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                        • #13
                          Let's stop this topic. There are red and purple sets now ...
                          Robert

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                          • #14
                            Red, White and Purple is it? How will I coordinate with the iMac that plays my drums for me?

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                            • #15
                              Well, I know some person who covered his Imac with wall paper.

                              Try http://www.drumspan.com. They make fabric wraps for Imacs
                              Robert

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