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Discussion in 'Amp Tech Center' started by rob2, Jun 2, 2016.
Except Basketballs.... Makes it really interesting to play.
..well thank you all....first job done,grot remover,toothbrush,nailbrush,lots of elbow grease then liquid soap.....the grain was quite shallow so it cleaned up a treat....
...yep,then all the little tears and some big delaminations where I had to push the glue right in under(yes,rubber contact cement type) in with a coffee stir stick....
...didn't have Pledge but had one that was a silicon free wax based aerosol,much the same and it went from clean but grey and matt to uniform black with a slight sheen....spot on,very happy!.....still have a big lot of rusted corner protectors etc to do but its going to look way better....
I have used CA superglue on small tolex tears , works fine.
Tolex is basically the same stuff as vinyl top material. The old non padded Levant grain vinyl top material looks just like vintage Fender tolex. I don't think any auto upholstery products would be bad for tolex EXCEPT Armorall. I don't use or recommend it for anything. Over 30 years in the upholstery business I have seen too many things ruined by Armorall.
Mineral oil and vaseline work well and won't damage vinyl or tolex.
It was wax about 40-50 years ago, now its like armorall, mostly water and silicone. yuck
The little-known fact about rubber cement is, you put it on both surfaces and let it dry.
Then they go together immediately and stay that way.
Just like inner tube patches.
Windex and a soft brush works well, as does vinegar or warm water with a little soap. If the amp is super dirty, I would start with soapy water, then Windex and then some interior detailer for cars as a "finish". I use Meguires interior detailer in a matte finish. When you are cleaning, remember that whatever solvent you are using is meant to loosen stuff up and the "drying" cloth is what is removing the dirt and debris. A good microfiber drying cloth can make cleaning go much faster and better. Super glue gel for tiny rips and rubber cement/contact cement for larger areas. Got to make sure the large areas are clean on both surfaces before any adhesive.
I haven't tried it but I've been reading about using Dawn detergent mixed with vinegar, the next time I run into some dirty tolex I may give it a go.
Soft brush, even an old toothbrush works well to get down into the grain of the tolex.
My ex-tech used Dow Scrubbing Bubbles.
Armor All Spray.
It will make 40 year old black tolex look brand new. I always spray down my amps before I sell them and I think it helps.
Tolex (and other PVC vinyls) are hydrocarbon based. I find they tend to weaken and crack if cleaned with strong detergents or ammonia. I'd use a soft brush and mild hand or dish soap, completely rinse and dry. I've heard some complaints regarding Armorall ... that the silicone oils in it (PDMS) degrade Tolex.
I've had good results with "Nu Vinyl", another car care product meant for preserving seats, dashes, and landau tops. So far, that's what I use.
Anyone applied shoe polish with a brush?
well, I have with good results. feels rubbery at first but can made to shine later.
Soapy water and elbow grease, then massage in a thin coat of Vaseline. Follow by thorough rubbing to remove the excess, and it should look like new.
Tolex is basically the same thing as the vinyl top material used on cars,( well not used so much anymore.)
And that was designed to withstand weather, sun, rain, washing etc.
Cleaning occasionally will not hurt tolex IMO.
Now bear in mind that there are different grades of amp covering materials aka Tolex, some of it is pretty crappy stuff.
I don't use or recommend Armorall for anything after 34 years of doing auto upholstery and seeing the damage that silicone bases products can do to vinyl and plastics.
Saw the post about the scrubbing bubbles cleaner, I saw a video where some guys were using that to clean leather auto seats, I tried it and it does work, although not any better than other cleaners I use, and it seems like it would be a bit harsh on the material.
Murphy's Oil Soap,a brush & a little elbow grease. Works wonders.