What is a drum wrap?

What are drum wraps? We know that drums have been in existence for a long time. Most of the drums played in the yesteryears were stained, painted or varnished. By the end of the second world war, technology had started to change and drum wraps were in the offing. By the 1960s, plastic drum wraps were in production. Plastics that were specially made for drum wraps were made with special finishing and became popular. These have since been known as drum set wraps. They are rather special drum coverings that are designed as a form of decoration for the drums. These drum set wraps have become very popular because they are affordable when compared to the alternatives.

Why are drum wraps so popular?

Drum wraps are popular because of the following reasons:

  •         The high cost of alternatives to drum wraps makes these items more popular. If one were to use wood finishing, it would cost them too much. This is because of the cost of labor, materials, and equipment. Even the people who have tried a DIY drum have had bad results, making it necessary for people to use drum wraps.
  •         The second reason drum wrappings are popular nowadays is that they offer more and better designs, have many effects, and more colors. With the drum wrappings, it is easy to have these designed in better ways than if one were to choose wood designs.
  •         The drum covering offers better protection to the wood shells.
  •         It is easy to replace the wraps on a drum.
  •         It is easier to match some colors or fix them when damaged
  •         Drum wrappings are better when it comes to scratching. They suffer less scratching when compared to wood finishes.

Now that we have defined what drum wraps are, it is time to discuss the different ways to fix these wraps on the drums. For the people who may want to buy the drum wraps and fix these on their own, here are some instructions to follow:

Adhere the drum wrap to the shell

Some drum wraps can be quite thick. You may want to trim the wrap to ¼” of each edge and then install it by use of contact cement. Ensure it fits the entire surface for better results. This is one of the best methods professionals encourage because the drum wrap acts as a kind of additional ply.

Adhere the wrap and trim it after installation

Unlike the first method where you cut the drum wrap into size before adhering it, here, you have to adhere the wraps and trim the extra parts after you have installed it. This method is more suitable for the drum wraps than are thin enough to allow it.

Wrap installed over an existing one

This is the third method of installing wraps on your drum. With this method, you do not need to remove any previous wraps that were used before. Use the seam of the existing wrap to guide you on how to cut and fix the new wrap. This will make it easy to align the two wraps and fix the new one over the old one.