The white pearl wrap from Precision Drum is now bonded to the shell. This is always a stressful process because you basically have one shot at applying the wrap to the shell. If the alignment of the wrap is off or if there are any bubbles, then it may mean having to start over with a new wrap. After careful measuring and planning I’m happy to say this wrap is a wrap (sorry I couldn’t resist)!
The wrap was applied using the method illustrated in full detail here.
Pictured here is my home-grown process of ensuring the bond between the shell and the edge of the wrap are as tight as possible. The edge is often where the wrap can separate from the shell and I wanted to make sure this would never happen. After the wrap was applied using contact cement, there were some areas along the edges where the adhesion was not perfect. Using a plastic putty knife, I surgically applied very strong glue between the wrap and the shell along the edges. To make sure the bond between the wrap and shell are as strong as possible, I used vinyl tape to “clamp” them together. The vinyl tape is strong and stretches nicely when pulled over the edge. With the wrap firmly taped to the shell all I had to do was wait a couple of hours while the glue dried.
Here’s a close up of the bearing edge with the glue dried and tape removed. I’ve also filed the edge of the wrap and lightly sanded it. The bond between the wrap and the shell is pretty much air tight – like a second skin.
The most difficult part is complete. Next step is to order the hardware and wood hoops from Stellar.