Which adhesive for Tolex?

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  1. donnyjaguar

    donnyjaguar Member

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    As above, I used some Elmers Multipurpose adhesive. It was fine until the heat from the tubes caused it to let go. <sigh>

    Any first-hand recommendations appreciated.
     
  2. BarryW

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    I use the tolex adhesives from Mojo and Antique Electronic Supply. Great experience with those.
     
  3. floridagizzi

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    I just did a pedalboard using the 3M Hi Strength 90 spray adhesive and it seems to work, though I am obviously not having it anywhere near hot tubes...
     
  4. Frank Speak

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    I did a repair (6-8" x 3-4") on an old 1960a cab I had years ago. I used regular old Elmer's and it worked perfect. It wasn't near heat, however, so maybe that's why I didn't have issues.
     
  5. ahcleinad

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    Contact cement from about any hardware store works really well also. Used it to tolex my head/cab.
     
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    The 3M spray stuff works great. Add some staples inside if you can.
     
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    Wear a proper mask if you use solvent based contact cement. I have used both solvent and water based cotact cement,they both work really well,but I now prefer the water based ,it takes a little longer to dry,but you don't have the dangerous fumes to deal with. My .02
     
  8. Structo

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    Water based seems the way to go.
    Clean up is simple and no toxic fumes.

    But it's all a wash if it doesn't work and hold fast.

    I have heard good things about both, AES and Mojo.
     
  9. ledzep618

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    DAP brand water based contact cement from the glue aisle at home depot...$9.99.
     
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    The main thing is to use contact cement. Check the labels, some dry fast, some dry slower. If you have some experience with upholstery, you may want the fast drying. If you haven't done this kind of thing before, you may want the slow drying, to give you time to fix boo-boos.

    JMHO,
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    I have used the yellow wood glue (Tite bond) for years and it has never failed me. I buy it by the gallon. I have covered my own cabinets and a few for friends. I also built 2 speaker cabinets for the steel player for the group, Lonestar.
     
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    Green label Dap water based contact cement is my favorite.
     
  14. donnyjaguar

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    Thanks for the advice. It would appear pretty much anything other than the Elmer's all-purpose spray glue would've worked better. :( Noted on the slow-drying benefits on fixing mistakes. Last night I had to fix one and despite the glue having been on the one piece for 4 days, I had no problem peeling and re-spraying it. So I'm wondering if I'm just being impatient and eventually all will be good?
     
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    I use Gorilla Glue
     

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