I am trying to refinish a set of drums. Right now, the shell is
covered with plastic/vinyl. Drums sound better when the natural wood
is showing, plus the old covering is full of dents and scratches. The
drums belong to a youth group that has a very limited budget, so
refinishing seems like a good idea.
I want to remove this covering (it's glued on), exposing the
underlying shell, clean the shell and apply stain to the drums.
The wood underneath is birch.
I'd like to apply blue stain or dye to the drums so the color is a
medium deep blue, like an ocean blue, or lighter navy. I also want to
be able to see the wood grain.
I'd like to finish off with a glossy protective coat.
I am confused whether a stain or dye is appropriate, and which kind
(i.e water or alcohol based), or brand recommendations if you feel
I am confused whether shellac, or polyurethane is appropriate, or
something I may not have thought of.
I could use hints on best way to remove the shell, which is glued on.
Any help you can provide would be appreciated. Thanks.