These tips can help you attempt to make your own repairs. If your drum is damaged, get it back to playing condition, or send it to me and I will fix it! A drum in a closet is totally useless!
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Tips for Repairing Wood Drum Shells:
- To fill voids, use "Plastic Wood" wood putty - it is sandable and takes stain
- Belt sand some wood off the bottom of drum, mix dust with white glue as a color matched filler.
- Large loose but clean cracks all the way through shell. Spread split and work white glue thoroughly into crack using a piece of plastic shopping bag see-sawed through the crack to work the glue in. Then clamp with loop clamp, or wrap with loop of drum rope and use a hammer to tighten like a tourniquet.
- Fine cracks - fill with five minute epoxy and dremel excess off when dry using a "teardrop" grinding bit.
- For extra large wood repair or filler pick up some two part sandable/stainable wood filler.
Tips for Repairing Drum Skin:
- Fill pin holes, and small cracks, nicks, or cuts with Super Glue Gel - lightly sand flush when dry.
- Patch over large holes and tears with a scrap of goat skin super glued thoroughly under the area. Use a dowel to place skin patch on underside of head in tight quarters. Put a bit of poster putty on dowel end, stick patch to it, and load up with super glue. Eye it up with hole and hold in place for a couple minute, then it will stick and pull off the dowel.
- A blob of "Shoe Goo", shoe repair silicone product under a damaged area can delay repairs.
- Calf or Cow skin tears can be stopped from opening further by reinforcing tear ends with a blob of "Shoe Goo".
Tips for Repairing Ceramic Drums:
- Pieces can be super glued or epoxied in place.
- Use "Oatly 2 part Epoxy Putty" to back up cracks or thin spots on ceramic drums.
Tips for Replacing Doumbek Skins:
- Keep hand oils off the surface gluing hide onto- steam clean old head off.
- Soak hide for less than 30 minutes in room temperature water.
- Press excess water off hide between paper sheets or cloth before gluing.
- Use white glue, yellow moisture resistant, or low drip wood glue - no other!
- Thicken glue with a little flour if necessary.
- Vise grips can grab slippery hide better than fingers.
- Use large radiator style clamps pulled tight, pull skin as tight as possible, then tighten clamps more!
- Leave a damp sponge in center of hide to relieve shrinkage stress pull as the glue edge dries.
- LEAVE HIDE CLAMPED FOR TWO FULL DAYS - it takes time for glue to cure to full strength.