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How hard is it to retolex an amp??

El Kabong

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Senior Scumback had a great thread with detailed pics of his comsmetic restoration of a late '60s 4X12 that was rode harder than Marilynn Chambers a couple years back.

It's messy, time consuming, finicky work. I would wager that it's too much work just to have it match your sofa. ;)
 

Flameout12

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My bet is removing the old stuff is the hardest. I've done my own stuff quite a few times when it was new cabs I built, but never reworked an old one.
Dunno what the pros use, but contact cement is what I used. You need to do this outdoors or in an open space...not in a house...too much vapors & cover the floor with some plastic.
 

Scumback Speakers

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It's much easier after you've done one but the first one is a biatch.
About the 5th one you figure it all out. Up until then, you have a learning curve. I'd suggest clicking on my tutorial, it will it get you a pretty good idea. But be prepared to spend about 10 hours on the whole job...or 1.5 days... if you want to do it right.
 

Seakayak

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Thanks for bringing this up. I would like to build an amp this year, and the Tolex is my biggest fear, to be honest!
 

soldersucker

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My first project was making a back panel for my 68 Plexi i was relatively happy and went to a store to check out some reissue panels.They were rougher and one had an unglued flap.I felt better after that.
 

scottlr

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I restored my 64 blonde Bassman. But I used to be an upholsterer for many years, so it was just adjusting that technique. While the thought of doing right is not a fun thought, I know I will do it again at some point. It's a lot easier if the old tolex is still there to use as a pattern and guide to get the cuts and overlaps right. Oddly, I can't wrap a good looking present to save my life LOL
 

scottlr

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My bet is removing the old stuff is the hardest. I've done my own stuff quite a few times when it was new cabs I built, but never reworked an old one.
Dunno what the pros use, but contact cement is what I used. You need to do this outdoors or in an open space...not in a house...too much vapors & cover the floor with some plastic.
Actually, I found removing old tolex that had probably been applied with hide glue came off rather easy. If it was newer and used a spray adhesive, that might have stickier, but I suppose some solvent or goo-gone would help.
 




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