Drums can be personalized with a variety of decorative finishes:
- Overlays - finely cut vinyl images are applied to the shell and overcoated with lacquer.
- Inlays - patterned wood strips are set into the shell.
- Polychrome stains and Paints - shells are stained with wide variety of colors or "sunburst" finishes.
- Single Color stains - shells are stained with a single color to change the tone of of the wood or to color it.