How to Paint Drum Heads

Written by carl hose
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Designs on drum heads are common in many rock bands. The designs are typically on bass drums and usually consist of a logo or some element relating to the band. Some of the designs are stickers, but many drummers prefer to paint designs on their drum heads instead. Painting on a drum head is a way to make a more permanent design, but should be done properly to avoid affecting the tone of your drums.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Drum head
  • Stencil
  • Acrylic paint or airbrush paint
  • Paint thinner
  • Spray Paint
  • Airbrush gun
  • Paint brush

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    Remove the head you want to pant from your drums using the drum head key that came with your drums. Place the drum head on a flat surface with an old sheet beneath it. Decide whether you want to use acrylic paints and a paint brush or an airbrush to apply the design. Spray paint will work in place of an airbrush.

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    Choose a stencil to place your artwork on your drum head. If you can draw, use a pencil and draw the design you want on the drum head. A stencil is the best option if you don't have drawing ability. It can help ensure you don't mess up your drum head.

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    Paint your design on with either acrylic paint or an airbrush gun if you have one available. Use a 0.9mm nozzle if you use an airbrush and keep the nozzle five or six inches from the drum head to apply a light coat of paint. If you apply acrylic paint with a brush, use a medium flat brush and paint thinned with paint thinner to keep the application light. The key is to avoid a heavy coat of paint that may dampen the tone of your drums.

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