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Old 11-13-2018, 12:39 PM
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Default Re: Formica for black cortex Ludwog kit?..

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Originally Posted by drummerfish View Post
in the 90's i rewrapped my dbl bass ludwig kit that had red "formica" on it. it was complete hell getting that stuff off.

i was able to do it at my work and use their tools but i still had to use a torch and a putty knife to break off large pieces. i learned quickly to wear gloves because the stuff has no mercy.

the material is made to be used on counter tops and displays and designed to take a beating in retail. its very ridgid and can be hard to work with.

at my old job i would wrap drums in formica though i don't thnk they call it that anymore. it is brittle to work with as far as cutting to size and sometimes edging. so make sure to cut the depth atleast 1" oversize.

here's a pic of a shell wrapped in white. this is a first pass of edging and this is what happened. what you don't see because its white material are tiny hairline cracks below the breaking points. i don't want to detour you, its not impossible to get clean cuts. just make sure its all planned out before you start cutting.

the formica on my ludwig kit was alot thicker while the "modern" formica yet its still thick but workable. i presume there's different grades of the material depending on what the application is for, so in your case you might have to do some research to find the material that's the closests to what's on the rest of the kit.

by the way, as far as i know the material is only avail in large rolls, as in i think 100ft x 6 ft. enough to wrap a bass drum w/o needing a bottom piece. that's how we got it at my old job. but perhaps you might fine a shop that has a reminant piece big enough for what you need so you don't have to buy a roll.

here's a example of the modern material used. stripes are cut into the shell afterwards.
HPL can be used as a drum wrap and will bend around a drum shell well. It can be applied to surfaces as small as a pop can and not deform. It needs to be cut with a high speed laminate bit so that it makes a clean cut edge. I've found that HPL and other laminates have some new designs that are close to some of the typical drum wraps being offered today. What's really nice is you can get these in 4x8 and 4x10 sheets and that makes recovering a drum set cheaper and easier.
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