Speaker baffle question... frayed corners?

Discussion in 'Shock Brother's DIY Amps' started by tubedood, Mar 12, 2019.

  1. tubedood

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    Hi again,
    I finally got my grill cloth put on the baffle for my tweed Princeton. I am going with Wine Taurus and Ivory tolex with the Wheat grill cloth. I watched (and re-watched) Uncle Doug's video on getting the grill cloth on. I wasn't anticipating how easy the fender Wheat grill cloth frays and unwraps. My corners are a little opened now ,but well hidden by the upper and lower fascia panels. What is a good preventive maintenance fix to stop the fray from spreading when I tinker on the amp n the future? I was thinking a dab of hot melt glue to seal the corners, but the heat might be an issue (I used a heat gun on low to soften the grill cloth and went easy on the heat as it can melt).

    Any ideas are welcomed! I could just leave as is... just curious whats best.

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    Hey neighbor...

    Just being in the cabinet nice and tight seems to prevent additional fraying.
     
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    You can carefully melt the hanging fray. Did you fold the corners over each other? Yeah that stuff is a lot more fragile now days. You can also tape around the corner far enough back so it doesnt show. Duct tape or etc.
     
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    I worry that if you do need to remove the cloth for any reason (which I know is unlikely) removing the duck tape will make the fraying worse. If it were me I'd simply brush PVA glue over the outer 5mm to stop further fraying.
     
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    Thanks all for the suggestions! I tried to do as the video, by folding the sides over each-other then make a 45 degree miter cut on each corner, Easier said than done with the plasticky woven material.
     
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    Yeah, but it's only $15 ....?....of material! I like the glue, rubber cement, silicone sealant idea though!
     
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    Probably the only future ideas for this cabinet is to try a Marshall flavored build that it would hold. I'd change the speaker for an old Celestion G12 but that wouldn't require pulling the baffle so any of these ideas will work to keep the fray from spreading. It may not be a finger/ box jointed cabinet but I am feeling good about it! Next cabinet I will learn to use my router better!

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    If it looks good installed no one is every going to know and it *shouldn't* get worse over time.
     
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