My tolex project..

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by Jwoo, Mar 12, 2008.

  1. Jwoo

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    So this is my first time ever trying anything like this...
    I really liked how the Fender Hot Rod White Lightning looked, and ordered some white tolex from Mojo Musical Supply. I've only done the back so far, but here's how turned out. The round parts could have turned out a little better... but here she is:

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  2. DaveK

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    Use a hair dryer and heat up the tolex to make it much more pliable to get around bends,corners,top vents,etc.
    Keep at it and have fun!;)
     
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    Thanks for the advice!
    How much heat do I need? How much is too much?
     
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    I use a 1600w hair dryer on high about four inches from the tolex, moving it back and forth over the piece. It really doesn't take much to make it pliable, and you'll be able to feel how easier it is to work.

    If you're using contact cement you can flash it much quicker with the hair dryer,too.

    Best to play with a scrap piece and learn how to manipulate it before you try finish work. It's not all that difficult when you have a little experience.
     
  6. Jwoo

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    Well, here it is:
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    I redid the speaker grille too. I wanted to make my stock hot rod to look like a white lightning edition.
     
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    I'd say you achieved your goal! Looks great :D
     
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    Looks terrific! :AOK

    I wouldn't worry about the round cuts-outs in the back. When I've done Tolex jobs in black, I will first paint the parts of the cab that may show a little, with black spray paint. Then on a spot like those cut-outs I can trim the Tolex with an exacto, stretch and press and it lays down nice. If a bit of wood is exposed it is black, and it's on the back and not visible 99.9% of the time, so no big deal.
     

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