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drumsinthedesert 03-04-2018 04:42 AM

Vintage Pearl Super Deluxe Outfit restoration
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Hey all, I just bought what I believe to be a 1968 Pearl “Super Deluxe Outfit”, in “sparkling blue pearl” wrap. It’s a little rough, no snare, the bass drum is missing one lug on the resonant side, one original hoop, as well as the Pearl stencil badge. It’s also missing the original “stick saver” hoop on the resonant side of the 13” Tom. Worst of all, someone at one point decided to paint them white. Whoever cleaned the paint off didn’t do a thorough job leaving the wrap with some small paint smudges here and there. I’ve tried motsenbocker’s graffiti remover on the bottom of the bass drum and it caused some discoloration. Acetone seems to be the only effective method for getting the paint off but leaves the wrap looking a bit unfinished. I went to revival drum shop here in Portland the other day where one of the guys there suggest I use small amounts of acetone to remove the white, then buff to shine with some car wax. Would anyone be willing to shed some light on there experiences with something like this? I would rewrap the kit but honestly I love the turquoise blue color and haven’t been able to find anything online that looks even close.

idrum4fun 03-04-2018 09:37 AM

Re: Vintage Pearl Super Deluxe Outfit restoration
Hello drumsinthedesert...and Welcome to the forum!

A very nice set of vintage Pearl drums! I had a similar kit, but with a 20" bass drum and a matching snare. I can't offer any help about removing that white paint, as I've never had this issue. I'm sure others on this forum can help out, though.

I think you are correct about leaving the wrap the way it is. Best of luck to you!


ARCHxANGEL 03-04-2018 10:34 AM

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I've worked with paint stripper and had good results. Use very small amounts and instantly wipe off. Should hit the paint but leave the wrap undamaged. Unless you leave it on long enough to eat the wrap.

teverson-sr 03-04-2018 02:39 PM

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I had similar results w/Mostenbachers.It left the surface with a flattish sheen. But it's better than flat black paint put on with a brush.

drumsinthedesert 08-07-2018 05:40 AM

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Thanks to everyone who chimed in on here on the best way to remove the paint. Acetone and patience did the trick. Thought I’d share the completed project. Finished the kit with a vintage Acrolite and Rogers swivomatic cymbal arm. Finish looks a bit more dull than before but all in all very satisfied at the way it turned out. I kept the original pearl head but for recordings sake threw a coated ambassador on the reso

Trilok_Gurtu 08-07-2018 07:45 AM

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Very cool.

Definitely worth the fix up. I always HATE hearing the horror stories of some previous owner painting over a beautiful finish...ugh. So many of those vintage finishes are rare. I'm sure it sounds warm, round and phat. I have a snare from that era, different finish though. Great drums.



idrum4fun 08-07-2018 09:10 AM

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Great job on the restoration! Enjoy your vintage MIJ kit!


gmailsignup 08-11-2018 04:26 AM

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