I'm looking to take the tolex off my HRDlx and retolex it with materials from Mojo. Has anyone tried this - and how difficult did you think it was?! Thanks in advance!
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Uhhmm... thanks rookie....The board was offline for at least 2 of those hours.
Do some searching! There's lots of info here on TGP regarding this.
I can see how the Ampeg pattern would be really time consuming..... It does sound like a fun project! It me - it doesn't seem hard - just wanted to see if anyone has had any luck with it!!Let's see...I re-tolexed a 60s ampeg gemini - original covering was mostly gone, and what was there was hanging off - in the course of a restoration.
I removed the chassis and all hardware, then the tolex. Try keeping the pieces intact - don't just rip it off - and use them as templates for cutting the new material. Sand/remove the old adhesive from the cab and then vacuum/tack cloth to remove any dust, etc. I used regular contact cement but I believe there's a special tolex adhesive. Ampeg blue diamond pattern complicated things a bit - solid tolex would be much easier methinks.
Difficult? If the idea of it seems intimidating, it might be best to have someone do it for you. If not, go for it. Best to have a well-ventilated work space with decent ventilation and some big, flat surfaces to work on.
As always, measure twice, cut once! Took my time over the course of several days...fun project that turned out fantastic. Do it again? You bet.
Hope this helps.
Thanks for the info - I appreciate it!Hi Eric,
I`m going to take some pics of my next tolex job and post a tutorial on here for others to see.
I`ll try and describe what i do here tho,
Make sure you remove all the excess glue/tolex from your cab, do this by removing the tolex first, dampen the remaining tolex glue with turps or laquer thinners. Dont drench it tho.
Then scrape it off using a scraper, once you`ve done a decent job there sand it back a little to ensure the remaining surface is nice and smooth.
I allways allow around 2" either side of the cab when cutting out tolex, it`s also a good idea to place the tolex on the floor and place your cab on top, and mark the outline with a sharpie.
Using contact cement brush the glue on the tolex first, then brush it onto the cab, i allways use generous amounts. Wait around 25mins and then place the cab back onto the tolex, using the outlines drawn earlier with the sharpie.
The corners are obviously harder, i start by doing all the flat surfaces first. Then doing all the edges and corners last, the contact cement on the tolex will help it stretch somewhat when doing your corners.
I cut each corner to shape, by folding it over and cutting down the middle of the fold in a straight line, to the corner of the cab. Use tape or whatever else makes the job easier.
I really think allowing the contact cement to dry a little (25mins) and by having a decent amount on both surfaces does help a lot.
Thats probably about as far as i can go without pics so stay tuned as i`ll try and post some soon.