Q: Why is it, that someone would paint a drum shell interior black? Was this just for looks (a fad) or did black paint really add to the sound??? For the life of me, I can't figure out what would motivate a person to do such a thing??? Over the years, I have found a ton of amateur painted interiors in all vintage American shells to include painting over factory painted shell interiors ... so why repaint them??? Whenever, I remove a drum head and see this it's very frustrating!!! So please tell why did they do it?