Premier Club Drum Refinish

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Project by SirSeth posted 12-10-2013 08:47 PM 2857 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought an old Premier Drum set from the 60’s in good condition and decided I didn’t prefer the black wrap. So off that came and now I have a pretty green fade drum set that looks as good as it sounds.

I used Keda dyes for the blend. Tru-oil Rubbed finish. It was my first experience with both and I’m pleased with these and will use them again in the future. The Tru-oil is time consuming, but easy to use without a lot of equipment and I like the finish. It’s gave a nice antique luster type look rather than dipped in plastic gloss look. I used coffee filters with balled up rags inside. Cheap and effective. Just a hint, buy small bottles of Tru-oil rather than large ones. It goes a long way and doesn’t keep well. I bought a huge bottle that will be mostly wasted.

Now for more cymbals. ;)

-- What if the hokey pokey really is what it's all about?

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#1 posted 12-10-2013 08:49 PM

That’s really cool man! I never would have thought to try that, but it turned out great. Are the wood hoops on the kick drum original or new?

-- Rex

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#2 posted 12-11-2013 12:16 PM

Greetings Rex, The hoops are original. They were painted silver. I removed the 2mm black wrap and added oak iron on banding to the bare hoops before finishing. Thanks for looking.

-- What if the hokey pokey really is what it's all about?

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#3 posted 12-12-2013 03:32 AM

That kit rocks SirSeth. Ive always liked premier drums, Carl Palmer and Steve Smith always had the best sound and that’s what they both used, Premeir. I agree with Rex B, I never would have thought of doing something like this but as Rex said, they turned out great. Ive never heard of Keda dyes, are they water based or oil based? Where did you find them? You did a damned fine job on the dye job.
I have a 33 year old set of Tama Superstars in cherry wine that my dad bought me when I was a kid.
Rock on dude.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#4 posted 12-13-2013 03:25 AM

Hey man, I do love this set. I’m planning to put Fiberskyns on them eventually, but the set was $300 in great condition, so I’m pretty much keeping them forever. Small foot print, bass underwhelming but good for in the house volumes. I now have the other tom on a tom arm. Will add a 20” ride of course.

The Keda dye is water based and very versatile mix and match. Great customer service as well. I have lots of dye left over for other projects.

Great to hear about the set you’ve kept so long. My son is 2 and loves the drums and guitar. I hope he has these drums many years from now.

-- What if the hokey pokey really is what it's all about?

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