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Starclassic Exotic Fog

Hello Brian,

I have been following your site on drum building. I do not have the time to do a self made snare or drum, but I do enjoy learning and seeing all the beautiful work people have done and shared over your site.

I was wondering, if you can help me about drum ‘fog’. Attached is my beloved Starclassic Exotic snare.

I bought this snare new about 2002 or so, and it has always been at the drum room, with my other snares and drum equipment. I find the fog very annoying to see and just do not know how it got there. Other drums in the drum room including a Super Classic Ludwig set, and other mostly wooden snares do not get the fog finish.

Is there anyway I can get rid of the fogs? If I redo the paint job, by a professional, will the wood grain be lost? (I understand it’s just an outer thin ply that they put there)…

Thank you for your time and help, if you can help. Very much appreciated.

Vichaporn
Bangkok, Thailand.

Starclassic Fog Finish

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5 Responses to “Starclassic Exotic Fog”

  1. Mike says:

    I have seen this many times ,i call the condition hazing. Its trapped moisture in the clearcoat this will happen when the finish is applied at or near the dewpoint. The only real fix is to strip and refinish the shell.

  2. Eric House says:

    This is just a semi educated guess, but it could be the drum has an oil finish. I know from building furniture with a tung oil finish, that if it gets any water on it, it will fog. But exposing it to sunlight for a while seems to take the fog away. I noticed he lives in Thailand which I imagine is quite humid. He might try putting it out in direct sunlight and see what happens.

  3. Drummer says:

    It’s caused by the fact that you live in Bangkok where as you know the humidity can kill ya. Chances are the layer has lifted from the shell due to moisture.

    Strip and sand. Use Poly instead of lacquer! Or rub oil.

  4. Vichaporn says:

    Thank you to all of you who commented and for Brian for posting..
    Yours Sincerely,
    Vichaporn

  5. Rick Williams says:

    This looks similar to what happens when you place a glass or wet towel on a wood table. The usual cure is to place a towel (dry) over the area that has the fog and go over it lightly with a steam iron. This will remove the cloudy
    area from a wood table and should work on your drum.

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