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I'd love to restore my amp with that new amp shine...A little soapy water? I'm assuming Armor all is a no-no...
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1.) soapy water. Mostly "soapy".....it's the surfactant that does the cleaning...the water is just there to "carry". Avoid getting water under the tolex edges, as the hide glue is water soluble.
2.) saddle soap. Work it!
Your amp will look brand new.
I once had a Nord synth that someone had ralphed on / into on my bench. I'm all about trying to help a brother out, but I had to report the failure as not covered under warranty.I tried when I threw up all over my Bluesbreaker while I was drunk. Tried with soapy water and stuff a few times, but it was really hard. I took it apart and then threw it in the bath tub. Doesn't smell as awful as it did before.
I just tried this stuff on both dark and light tolex, and it worked great. Not too much "wet look" too. BTW, I couldn't find it in stores, and the best price I found after much online searching was direct from the manufacturer- under $10 shipped.Lexol makes/sells a combination cleaner/protectant for vinyl called Vinylex - I like it better than Armor All (which looks great for about a week, but then rapidly gets dingy looking.)
Filed under "no good deed...", go figure you try and do a nice thing... adding value to your service. Did you offer to ralph on it for him?And: If you are a repairman, do not do the extreme levels of cleaning without a customers permission! I did a complete scrub down on an old Deluxe, knobs, panel, tolex, inside and out, and it looked near-new. I had my a$$ handed to me for "washing away 40 years of mojo".....shucks.