How To Repair A Cracked Drum Shell In 5 Steps

This drum was a unique challenge because at some point it had been re-finished with the wrong paint that did not match the rest of the drum set. The owner of the drums really wanted the set to match, and the kit was in excellent shape, so I set out to make it happen.

I had never given much thought to what paint was used on the inside of vintage Ludwig drums, but soon found out it was something very specific that was difficult to match perfectly. After a few phone calls to various sources, Mike Curotto, world-famous drum collector, found out that Ludwig used a white latex from the local hardware store (Benjamin Moore Aqua-glow semi-gloss latex). I was overjoyed when I realized I was able to get the exact paint today. Just mask off the drum and it is really easy to brush the paint on just like Ludwig did. Let the paint dry thoroughly, then re-assemble the drum. Now you have a flawless, undetectable repair.

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