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TDK 06-14-2019 10:31 AM

Pitting/Flaking Ludwig Supra
Has anyone tired to cover their Pitted Ludwig Supra with thin plastic wrap or anything just so it is playable and so it does not leave chrome bits everywhere? I have taken it apart and brushed it the best I could and I was thinking of placing thin packaging wrap around it and putting it back together.
Please let me know what you think

Mr.Toast 06-14-2019 11:21 AM

Re: Pitting/Flaking Ludwig Supra
Just aquired a flaky Supra myself and I am wrestling with the same dilemma. I saw one sell on eBay (or Reverb) in the last few days that was painted nicely with a hammered look paint. It was a mustard brown which was kinda fugly, but the paint looked good. It went for a price that was only a bit less than what a flaky example should bring.
I like your train of thought to wrap it with something, then it could be put back to original if needed. Someone needs to invent a shrink wrap specifically for Supra shells. They do make clear shrink wrap bags for things like Easter baskets. I wonder if you could use a strip cut from one of those, then it would be seamless.
I was just going to slap mine back together and deal with the flakes, but maybe I'll give the wrap idea a try.

DRUMR69 06-14-2019 02:34 PM

Re: Pitting/Flaking Ludwig Supra
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I bought some wrap (picture of my choice) from Bum wrap and wrapped it around the snare (Taped the seam) This is what it looks like. Can come apart very easy, didn't affect the drum at all.


pgm554 06-14-2019 05:06 PM

Re: Pitting/Flaking Ludwig Supra
Why not just take it to a metal polishing shop and have them polish it down to the aluminum shell?

drumfx 06-15-2019 10:57 AM

Re: Pitting/Flaking Ludwig Supra
3 choices, sandblast and polish to a shine, sandblast and re-chrome however that is very expensive or sand, paint the center bead and cut strips of wrap for the top and bottom. I painted the bead off-white and wrapped the drum in WMP. It looks amazing.

seantdrums 06-15-2019 12:52 PM

Re: Pitting/Flaking Ludwig Supra
I personally love flaky snare drums. I personally think PGM had the best idea of having all chrome stripped then shell buffed. His snare looks amazing. Cost is a factor but i love em as they come. If i were to do something id sand it then spray paint it.

bfulton 06-16-2019 10:49 AM

Re: Pitting/Flaking Ludwig Supra
If you want to try the plastic wrap, the plastic wrap that is used to ‘insulate’ windows on the inside would be a good source for shrink wrap.
I haven’t used it for years. But after taping the plastic around the inside of the window, the plastic would shrink tight with heat from a hair dryer.
Interesting ideas! Rechroming would be my first choice ... if I could afford it! Bead blasting and polishing by the pros would also get a beautiful finish.

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