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Old 07-30-2019, 09:06 PM
DrumBob DrumBob is offline
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Default Fixing Faded Sparkle Finishes

I have found a simple, common sense method to fix faded sparkle finishes; colored Sharpie markers and ink pads.

My MIJ Apollo set had some faded areas on the rack tom and bass drum. I had a red Sharpie at home and colored in a small area of the red sparkle faded area. It looked great. You could barely tell there was any fading, and it dried almost immediately.

Today, I bought a Sharpie Magnum marker at Staples and went to work on the drums. Outside of getting a lot of red ink on my fingers (the wife had nail polish remover that got most of it off), the drums look dandy. Not perfect, but much better. I'm going to let them dry thoroughly over night and then wipe them down with a clean rag tomorrow night.

Has anyone ever tried this method of restoring faded sparkle finishes? I can see that gold, silver, green and blue sparkle would come back to life easily with an appropriately colored Sharpie.
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'64 Slingerland, 13/16/20/22 (to be restored)
'65 Leedy, Blue Sparkle, 12/14/20
'67 Ludwig, Burgundy Sparkle, 12/13/16/22
'73 Slingerland, Sky Blue Pearl, 12/13/16/22
'72 Slingerland, Red Tiger Pearl, 12/13/16/22
'72 Rogers, Oyster Black, 13/16/22
'60s MIJ Apollo/Majestic, Red Sparkle, 13/16/20
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Old 07-31-2019, 09:33 AM
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Default Re: Fixing Faded Sparkle Finishes

Let's see a pic please.
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Old 07-31-2019, 11:35 AM
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Default Re: Fixing Faded Sparkle Finishes

DrumBob!

Interesting procedure! Like jc mentioned, can we see pictures?

I have a 1961 Star RK clone. Many of the panels look like they were exposed to sun and have really faded. Still, I think I'm going to leave them alone, rather than color them in with a red marker.

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Old 07-31-2019, 02:33 PM
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Default Re: Fixing Faded Sparkle Finishes

Sounds like a great idea !

I used a navy blue sharpie marker to fill in some scratch and chip spots on a silver/blue duco WFL marcher. I was very happy with the result but don't have any good pics.

Bob - like the other guys mentioned some before/after pics of your fix would be awesome !

Doug
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Old 07-31-2019, 03:30 PM
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Default Re: Fixing Faded Sparkle Finishes

I wish I could post pics, but I have already completed the job. There were a few spots that didn't come out too well on the bass drum (where there was a bit of fading also), so I bought a red ink pad today at Staples, and a small package of sponges. I moistened a sponge a little bit and applied ink from the ink pad. It worked beautifully. The drums look almost new. No more faded spots.

Sorry again about pics. Just try it. This method works, but use a Sharpie Magnum if possible. And an ink pad. I could see blue sparkle coming way back to life using an ink pad and sponge.
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'01 DW Collectors, Oyster White, 10/12/14/16/22
'64 Slingerland, 13/16/20/22 (to be restored)
'65 Leedy, Blue Sparkle, 12/14/20
'67 Ludwig, Burgundy Sparkle, 12/13/16/22
'73 Slingerland, Sky Blue Pearl, 12/13/16/22
'72 Slingerland, Red Tiger Pearl, 12/13/16/22
'72 Rogers, Oyster Black, 13/16/22
'60s MIJ Apollo/Majestic, Red Sparkle, 13/16/20
'60s Stewart, Gold Sparkle, 12/13/16/22


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Old 07-31-2019, 05:43 PM
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Default Re: Fixing Faded Sparkle Finishes

There has to be a color line as no direct match so is it lighter or darker
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Old 08-01-2019, 04:28 AM
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There has to be a color line as no direct match so is it lighter or darker
The ink blends perfectly so far, so there's no color line at all.
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'01 DW Collectors, Oyster White, 10/12/14/16/22
'64 Slingerland, 13/16/20/22 (to be restored)
'65 Leedy, Blue Sparkle, 12/14/20
'67 Ludwig, Burgundy Sparkle, 12/13/16/22
'73 Slingerland, Sky Blue Pearl, 12/13/16/22
'72 Slingerland, Red Tiger Pearl, 12/13/16/22
'72 Rogers, Oyster Black, 13/16/22
'60s MIJ Apollo/Majestic, Red Sparkle, 13/16/20
'60s Stewart, Gold Sparkle, 12/13/16/22


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Old 08-01-2019, 10:46 AM
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Default Re: Fixing Faded Sparkle Finishes

I have heard of people using markers to rehab faded psych red and citrus mod wraps. I have used the silver metallic Sharpie markers to disguise some dark spots on chrome hardware here and there. It works great to brighten up things like small screw heads that have rusted beyond help.
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