A Beginner’s Guide to Drum Wraps

A great way to obtain an outstanding finish to a drum set is by using drum wraps. First of all, if a person is wrapping several drums, they should find out if the drum wrap supplier has an assortment of specific configurations that are cut to fit the individual drums. If this is not possible, they should calculate the amount of wrapping it will require them to purchase to cover all the drums. If unsure how to go about it, they should ask the suppliers to help figure it out. The following are the step-by-step instructions for wrapping a drum

Cutting the Drum Wrap to Size

The initial step is measuring and cutting the drum wrap to size. Some wrap suppliers do not offer drum wraps that go all around the large drums, so one may end up using two pieces for the larger drums. For these drums, a person will need to mark the cut line around the top of the drum shell. Use sharp scissors to cut the wrap chosen from the Rockskins drum wraps, a company that offers a unique set of drum wraps that suit the client’s style and attitude. Cut the wrap to fit the length of the shell and then cut down to fit the diameter. An easy way is to use a flexible measuring tape to measure the length around the shell allowing for an extra inch for the overlap. Next, the wrap is placed flat on the ground. Using the measurement of the shell, it is cut to size.

The center is also marked using a piece of tape.

Test Fit and Install

Next, the wrap needs to be test fitted. Most people wonder where the seam should go. Most drum companies suggest that for the toms, the seam should be under a lug, under the strainer for the snare, and for the kick of it, should be on the bottom where it cannot be seen. An overlap of not less than one inch is required for the seam.

The test fit should be tightly wrapped around the drum to make sure the seam is lined up when gluing and the center mark in the wrap is transferred to the edge of the shell. It is also best to mark each end of the rum wrap where they overlap on the shell.

Maximum adhesion is achieved by scuffing or roughening up the shell and back of the wrap using sandpaper.

Applying Contact Cement

A paintbrush is used to apply the contact cement on the back of the wrap, the overlap, and the shell of the drum. At the minimum, two coats are needed to achieve the needed adhesion. They can be done one after the other. No space should be left uncovered so as to avoid getting bubbles in the wrap.

Gluing the Wrap to the Shell

The shell is placed on a flat surface with the center mark facing to the front. The wrap is slightly connected with its adjacent center mark aligned to the shell’s center mark. Pressure is applied gradually from the center going out, slowly wrapping the wrap on the drum shell once the seams are stuck together using a j-roller going from the center outwards to remove any bubbles.

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