At OffWorld Percussion, we put a lot of effort into making the products you purchase meet the highest standard possible. If you have an issue with an item, please refer to this FAQ section. Many of the questions we get are answered here.
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Please note: Our limited warranty covers ONLY manufacturing defects. Signs of obvious neglect, mishandling or abuse will not be covered.
Question: Why does my pad look different than my friend’s pad?
- Answer: In order to produce the unique look and feel of DarkMatter™, this special material is mixed under heat and pressure and poured directly onto each practice pad then allowed to “open-air” cure. Any product which begins life as a hot liquid that solidifies once cooled will naturally show variation between each version. Swirls, tiny bubbles, even the occasional dust speck, are all normal variations. Be assured that an enormous amount of care goes into mitigating these effects as much as possible, and know that these differences in no way effect the playability or quality of the DarkMatter™ surface.
Question: What is DarkMatter™ and why is it better than other surfaces?
- Answer: DarkMatter™ is an industrial grade polymer that has been “tweaked” to more closely replicate the feel of a Kevlar™/Aramid-Mylar marching snare drum head than the natural rubber traditionally used on practice pads for years. DarkMatter™ produces a unique tone, tighter and sharper than rubber, which makes it more articulate, even on the smallest strokes. The rebound of the material is also more closely analogous to a marching snare. Since the majority of a person’s practice occurs on pads, rather than a drum, closing the gap between rehearsal and performance will naturally reduce the effect most drummers refer to as “Pad Hands”.
Question: How do I clean my DarkMatter™ surface?
- Answer: Every OffWorld pad that leaves our facility (with the exception of VML surfaced pads) is pre-treated using TurtleWax™ Inside & Out Protectant. This is available most places that carry auto-detailing products. Apply enough to insure that a clean paper towel won’t dry drag across the DarkMatter™ and wipe thoroughly to create a rich and deep shine and keep the surface slick. Occasionally Windex™, or a similar window cleaner, can be used to deep clean prior to re-application of the TurtleWax™. Other products such as Armorall Original Protectant™ will also work. Rule of thumb: if it is designed to clean and condition the dashboard of your car, it will work on DarkMatter™.
Question: I got a scuff on my DarkMatter™ that won’t come off using either window cleaner or TurtleWax™. What can I use to remove this?
- Answer: Since 2009 we have been trying a huge variety of chemicals on DarkMatter™ to see “what would happen”. Like Superman and Kryptonite, every material has an opposite that will damage it. Avoiding those is key to extending the life of DarkMatter™. NEVER use a solvent base product, like paint thinner or acetone, because these will dramatically damage your surface. Rubbing alcohol is relatively safe and much stronger than window cleaner. The strongest chemical we have found that works best is Wax & Grease Remover. We use this to remove adhesive residue from DarkMatter™ as well as scuff marks. It is important to understand the difference between a “scuff mark” that can be removed an actual “scrape” into the DarkMatter™ surface. No amount of cleaning, regardless of chemical used, will remove a scrape.
- Note: When using any of these stronger chemicals to clean your pad, it is always best to step down to window cleaner then finally to TurtleWax™ as a means of reconditioning your surface. The previous treatment should be completely dry before moving on to the next. Also, if using Wax & Grease Remover, be aware that the naturally occurring pores on your DarkMatter™ surface will expand. These WILL eventually contract back to their normal size.
Question: I want a Vinyl/Mylar Laminate for the pad I own, how do I determine whether or not I need the adhesive backed laminate?
- Answer: When DarkMatter™ is completely clean of any contaminates, it is naturally sticky and will grab the laminates as if there were adhesive. However, over time, this natural sticky state can be lost. This is a normal process that occurs from continued use of conditioners, such as the TurtleWax™ Inside & Out Protectant. In either case, adhesive or not, you must thoroughly clean your pad using a Windex™ style product: using fresh paper towels with each application of window cleaner, scrubbing well, then allowing to dry. Rub your finger lightly over the surface… If it feels like the DarkMatter™ grabs at your finger, a non-adhesive version should work. Sometimes, multiple cleanings, using fresh paper towel, are necessary to get as close to that original state as possible. If you simply cannot get to that “sticky” state, the version with adhesive is likely to work better.
Question: I want a Vinyl/Mylar Laminate for the pad I own, but it has a rubber surface. Will the adhesive work?
- Answer: No. Natural rubber does not bond well enough with the adhesives on the back of the Vinyl-Mylar Laminates to perform as desired.
Question: What’s up with the bubbles on my laminate? Can I fix this?
- Answer: The bubbles (pockets of air) between the Vinyl/Mylar Laminate and DarkMatter™ surface occasionally develop due to a variety of conditions: humidity, large fluctuations in temperature, and changes in altitude (such as airline travel). The solution is quite simple: Using a credit card, or a similar thin but not sharp item, pry up the laminate closest to the area worst affected and peel the laminate back until it is beyond any air pockets. Using a couple of fingers, slowly rub back and forth evenly, pressing the laminate onto the DarkMatter™ until completely re-applied. If not satisfied, simply peel up and try again. Once finished, run a finger around the edge of the laminate to complete the process.
- Important: If, after removing the laminate, the underside of the laminate or the surface of the DarkMatter™ become dusty or grimy – a condition which will prohibit the adhesion between the two – you should thoroughly clean both with fresh paper towels and Windex™, or similar product, and allow it to completely dry before re-application of your laminate.
Question: Will the VML™ crack over time? And if it does, what should I do?
- The Vinyl-Mylar Laminate product is the combination of the two parts- The Mylar base, and the Vinyl top layer. The Mylar, which provides all the performance functionality, is a robust 14mm thick. This material is, for all intents and purposes, nearly indestructible under normal playing conditions. By contrast, the Vinyl top is actually a fairly thin material, originally designed for use as an auto-wrap, and is meant to serve as “paint”, giving the VML™ its visual appeal. Though the texture of the Vinyl might indicate a carbon fiber weave, it is not, and should not be treated as such. Over time, this top layer will wear down, resulting in cracking and chipping. Drumming is, at its heart, an activity that puts two disparate materials together in a fairly violent fashion. Either the sticks give, or the surface gives. To produce a surface that would be impervious to such continuous impact would be costly and lessen the benefit as a rehearsal tool. A granite counter top holds up really well under hickory drumsticks, but it is loud, obnoxious, and in no way provides a reasonable analog to a drum for which practice pads substitute. In short, any surface will eventually show signs of wear. This is why, with every Invader V3™ VML pad, we include a replacement center for this area which typically suffers the greatest stress.
- Your laminate may be cleaned with any basic window cleaner, like Windex™. For scuffs, rubbing alcohol may help, or even Goof Off™. Be very careful though! Anything that would damage paint could damage the vinyl top. Avoid ANYTHING abrasive, as these will permanently scratch the surface. If using a cleaner you are unsure of, test on a very small area to make sure it won’t cause damage. No matter what you use, it is a good idea to finalize any process by cleaning one last time using window cleaner to remove any residue which may, over time, damage your VML™.
Question: Will the rim destroy drumsticks the way a real drum rim does?
- Answer: The patented INVADER Rims™ element was designed to simulate the look and feel of playing a true drum rim as much as possible without ultimately damaging sticks the way a more “knife-edge” drum rim does. The surface area of the Invader’s rim is nearly twice as thick, creating a much greater area of shock experienced by sticks during shots, translating to considerably less overall damage over time. Any real impact to sticks could be better described as larger “welts” than dents or cuts. In short, you’ll more quickly destroy the same pair of sticks upon regular transition to the drum then you ever would on an INVADER™.
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All orders will be processed within 24 hours of receipt, pending availability of stock to fulfill the order. We will always attempt to process orders the same day they are received, however some products are “Made to Order”. All shipments depart our facility at 2:30pm PST Mon-Fri. Orders placed after 1:30 PST will be processed next available business day.
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