An efficient way of making your drums look neat and outstanding is by using drum wrapping. Drum wraps are a base layer that has an interior layer of crushed glass or aluminum flakes. The outer layer has a tint which gives the wrap color.
In order to do this right, there are some guidelines a beginner might need. First off, if you have a lot of drums that you want to wrap, you should check with the supplier to see if they will cut the wrapping to fit the drums. If this is not the case, then you should properly calculate how much wrapping you need to cover all of your drums. This will save you from buying too much or less drum wrapping.
The first step is to measure and cut the wrap to meet the drum’s size. If your supplier does not give a full wrap for a big drum, then you might need to buy more than one wrapping. For such drums, you will have to spot the cut line at the top of the drum shell.
After you are done with cutting the wrap accord to your drums’ measurements, the wrap needed to be test fitted before the actual process of sticking it on begins. After you have confirmed the measurements for accuracy, you need to apply contact cement on the back side of the wrap and on the shell of your drum. Two coats are the minimum amount that is needed to achieve good adhesion. This part can be tricky as any mistake can lead to bubbles forming when you apply the wrap on the surface.
In a slow and smooth manner, the wrap can be applied perfectly on top of the drum’s shell and you can enjoy the results for a long time.