There are four different ways of installing Drum Wrap onto your drums.
- Thick Drum Wrap that fully adheres to the shell of the drum and is trimmed before the process of installation.
- Standard Drum Wrap which fully adheres to the drum and is trimmed after the process of installation.
- Thin Wrap which is applied with adhesive on top of the existing wrap.
- Standard Wrap that is glued with adhesive strip.
You can do these by yourself or you can contact various drum wrap suppliers and choose the one whose work you like best. The fourth method is considered as the easiest and most commonly practiced one. You will see that this is recommended most drum wrap suppliers. For high end drums, mostly methods 1 and 2 are used. These methods are known as traditional methods and proponents of this tradition say that methods like number 4 play a role in slightly choking the sound of the drums.
Method number 3 is better to avoid at all costs. This is because although it seems convenient, it should only be used to preserve the original wrap for a longer period of time. With a little patience and heat, the old wrapping can easily be removed without any damages to the surface. However, some drum wrap suppliers recommend this method, so it comes down to your personal judgment.
How thick should your wrap be?
The wisest choice would be to go for the standard thickness. This has a sufficient amount of gloss and is pretty manageable. In a lot of cases, the option to choose thickness is not available. Before placing an order, check and compare the clearance of the flesh of the drumhead and the already existing wrap. For some cases, a thin wrap is recommended as well.