Results 1 to 5 of 5
Trumpet Discussion Discuss Paint job in the General forums; I would like some help on how to paint my trumpet and if it will harm the finish....
  1. #1
    New Friend
    Join Date
    Dec 2009

    Paint job

    I would like some help on how to paint my trumpet and if it will harm the finish.
    Itís so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and then donít say it.

  2. #2
    Forte User
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Indianapolis, In

    Re: Paint job

    Why in the world would you want to paint a trumpet?

  3. #3
    Fortissimo User
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Yorba Linda, CA

    Re: Paint job

    Normally when you paint something, the paint becomes the finish. So, the fact that you are concerned about the (original?) finish, suggests that you desire to paint it only temporarily - perhaps red and green for a Christmas program? If this is the case, there are water-soluable paints that can be used for this - it is the type they use for painting cars, airplanes, etc. for the movies. As long as it is applied and then removed carefully without abrasives or scratchy materials, the original finish should be unharmed. Just be sure none goes inside the valves or other openings of the trumpet. And, good luck on the program.
    Come-Back Kid
    - - - - - - - - -
    Selmer Invicta London ('56)
    Olds Recording ('58, '59, '60)
    Olds Super ('51, '63, '66, '67, '68, '69)
    Olds Standard ('46)
    Olds SuperStar ('71, '72)
    Olds Studio ('55, '59, '70)
    Olds Special ('51, '56, '58, '60, '62,'68,'73)
    Olds Ambassador (a few: '49-'79)
    Olds Flugelhorn ('70)
    (+Eastman, Besson 609 , Conn Director, King Cleveland, Holton Collegiate, Blessing Accord,
    Conn Severinsen, York, Yamaha, Getzen, Amati, Revelle, Bundy, Alcazar)

  4. #4
    Moderator Utimate User rowuk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006

    Re: Paint job

    If the trumpet is raw brass, you can use just about any paint that sticks to metal. Those paints are relatively thick and will dampen the vibration of the metal and change the sound of the trumpet.

    Instrument finishes are often applied electrostatically to keep the thickness uniform, thin and minimize the overspray. The types of lacquer vary, but are selected for their durability and sonic properties when professionally applied. For the DIY, there are never guarantees. Just make sure it is not your main horn that you are experimenting with. Then a mistake means your music suffers!

    Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again.

  5. #5
    Piano User
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    New Hampshire

    Re: Paint job

    Rowuk (as usual) has great advice on this point -- as a repair technician, I just want to point out that a lot of DIY projects on musical instruments end up in the repair shop anyway, only it ends up costing more as we have to undo what the customer did in the first place and then redo it the same way we would have done it had the customer simply brought it to us in the first place.

    Painting metal isn't like painting a wall -- and painting an instrument has a lot of extra "baggage" with it as well. You don't want the paint to stifle the resonance of the instrument, nor to interfere with the movement of any of the moving parts.

    My suggestion is to ask around if anybody has a junk trumpet that doesn't play anymore and experiment on that first before attempting anything on a working instrument.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Selmer Deville and removing spray paint
    By longhorn747 in forum Vintage Trumpets / Cornets
    Replies: 29
    Last Post: 09-26-2016, 12:26 PM
  2. gold, brass, plating, or paint?
    By crowmadic in forum Mouthpieces / Mutes / Other
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 08-09-2008, 07:56 AM
  3. Ultimate Paint Peeler
    By dcbrown1 in forum Horns
    Replies: 25
    Last Post: 02-16-2008, 02:32 PM
  4. Spray Paint
    By Majestic in forum TM Lounge
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 01-15-2007, 04:56 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26