Cleaning A '70s SF Fender Grille Cloth - Carwash? Really?

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  1. mrmjp

    mrmjp Member

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    I have been doing a bit of research on cleaning a dirty '70s silverface blue/silver grille cloth.

    I keep reading about taking them to the carwash, using whitewall cleaner and a high pressure rinse or at least this is Gerald Webers advice that keeps popping up in my search
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    actually done this? Please chime in?
     
  2. mike shaw

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    I thought the car wash / tire cleaner was for the tolex?

    Annie-who, I usually use that foaming carpet cleaner stuff and a paint brush to persuade the stubborn stuff. Rinse off with a hose using the mist setting. Then take the cabinet and shake it while moving it in various directions. Finally, let it sit in the sun for a while to dry. You will want to move the cabinet around as it dries so work out an 'trapped' water.

    Forgot to mention - try not to go against the threads of the grill cloth fabric with the brush so you don't snag a thread and stretch it.
     
  3. mrmjp

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    Thanks, no carwashers?
     
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    I'd have to think the high pressure would rip most cloth's to shreds. Especially the thinner weaves.
     
  5. FFTT

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    I made up a mild solution using Simple Green and it worked quite well for the grill cloth
    and Tolex.
     
  6. mrmjp

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    Thanks again gang, still no carwash huh?
     
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    I did a bf Twin Reverb, but I used a shower. It worked great and did no damage. I just didn't soak the frame forever and only wet it as much as needed. I also blew it dry with a fan right after.
     
  9. mrmjp

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    Shower is not a bad idea....
     

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