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Tolex Glue at Home Depot, Lowes!!

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by ramseybella, Jul 13, 2008.

  1. ramseybella

    ramseybella Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 12, 2006
    Santa Fe New Mexico
    I have been buying Tolex glue from Mojo Tone for a few years now and just couldn't see paying $30.00 to $40.00 a quart.
    My friend who is a cabinet builder told me that he did a Formica counter top a year or so ago and used some white watery adhesive called Wilsonart H20 that smelled and got sticky like the Tolex glue I have been using on my cabinets.
    So we took a ride to Home Depot and they had it in a one gallon bucket in the Formica sheet department for $27.00 a gallon!!
    Took it home and had about a cup of Mojo Tolex glue left and compared them side by side, they are the same product and work the same as well and clean up the same.
    Passing this stuff to you guys.

    Always patrolling the waters, keeping us safe!
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2008

  2. SamBooka

    SamBooka Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 19, 2007
    Very Cool.
    I used water based contact cement from Home Depot.
    It was the first time I covered anything and was using tweed.
    Did a champ in an evening.. turned out surprisingly well for a first time.
    I am wondering what the difference between the two glues is.
    I "think" I paid about 10$ a quart.

  3. ramseybella

    ramseybella Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 12, 2006
    Santa Fe New Mexico
    The Wilsonart H20 was $10.00 a quart!!
    I just needed a lot more for extra up and comming projects.
    I just finished my last I will post pics but I did do this a few months back, 18 watt 1x12 combo.

  4. redddog

    redddog Tele-Holic

    May 7, 2008
    Rochester, NY

  5. Jason S

    Jason S Tele-Meister

    Mar 17, 2003
    S.F. Bay Area
    Any contact cement will work. The best stuff is solvent based. But, has a lot of fumes. The water based stuff has gotten a lot better. It just takes longer to get tacky.

  6. vintageguitarz

    vintageguitarz Banned

    Mar 13, 2011
    This is an old thread, but I wanted to add my 2 cents. I've been restoring vintage amps for a couple decades now and often all the old tolex has to be replaced, sometimes just a side or two.

    I've always used 3M Super 77 Spray Adhesive. Spays very evenly, no clean up and the odor is gone in a few days. One can does two Super Reverb size cabs or a couple 2-12 Fender speaker cabs. Also works great with a light spray to hold down thick grill cloth, like Fender, Gibson or Marshall (you still need to staple tough).

    I buy a case online at a time, because I use so much over a 2 year period. Even a couple cans can be bought for $6 each online.

  7. EdMax

    EdMax Tele-Meister

    Mar 18, 2008
    Northern Illinois
    Here's my .02 and I'll raise you .02

    Henkel Chemical makes possibly the best modern day water based contact cement for tweed & tolex work.
    This product is sold under at least 8 different popular brand names including Formica Corporation ( F160 Adhesive )

    What sets this apart from other alleged safe water based products is the absence of Toluene in the formula.
    Toluene has a very distinct thinner odor, if you ever buy water based brands like "DAP" or Weldwood you will smell it.

    Another of the Henkel Chemical formula brands that is fairly easy to locate is HYBOND 30 Natural Identical to Formica F160.

    Hybond typically costs $170.00 for 5 gallons Drums are real cheap, but expensive to ship.

    These are Greenguard certified products and do not give off nasty fumes.

    If you ever set a gallon of Mojo & Hybond next to each other and take a quick smell, I think you will agree they are likely the same.(except the price)

    There are other numbers on the empty 5 gallon can I have here, but searches on Henkel's site turns up nothing.
    I originally got the brand info from a Henkel Rep when the Formica Corp dealer here stopped carrying the F-160.


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