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How to tolex a Fender head
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xtian



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 3:18 am    Post subject: How to tolex a Fender head Reply with quote

Anyone know where to find decent photos or illustrations on how to tolex a Fender head, like Bassman, Bandmaster, Tremolux?

Looks like three sides (left, bottom, right) are one piece, and then a top piece is applied with overlapping edges.

Seems like one yard (36" x 54") will be plenty to cover the head and rear panel. True?

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 5:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have Rick Johnson's tolex video, good info.

http://rickjohnsoncabinets.com/?page_id=128
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 1:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Taylor posted this tutorial.

http://ampgarage.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=17822

And here is Marshall cab from Jim at Scumback.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Tom! Good stuff.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh you wanted free how to wrap Fender amps.

Rick Johnson's video shows how to tolex Fender slant cabs.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 10:41 am    Post subject: R J Reply with quote

Mark,I just spent some time on his site,Did you get that vidio?Mikey
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes I got the video and watched 3 times learning more each time.

I'm an expert now since this training but haven't tolexed a cab yet. Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2013 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gentleman is having me restore this Tremolux Amp to basic black. Here I am, stripping the fab snakeskin stuff, reportedly applied by Bruce Zinky when he lived here in Chico, CA. <http://www.csuchico.edu/pub/cs/spring_08/feature_04.html>

Do I need to strip the tacky old glue off? If so, what's the best stuff to use?

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2013 8:10 pm    Post subject: Tolex Reply with quote

Yea ,if you dont it might show,I did a twin recover here with seafoam green and did not get it perfectly smooth and you can see some bumpy spots.So much of the tolex now a days is thin which does not help.The more grunt work you put into it the better results you will be rewarded with.You will get it.take your time,Have fun ,Mikey
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2013 8:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Then, I guess I need recommendations for glue remover!
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2013 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heat and naptha tests failed (separate tests!).
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2013 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Goo Gone failed, too. Guess it's a 2-parter. Thinner, then sander.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 21, 2013 9:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah! I found the best solution! Called the owner and said, "would you like to save a bunch of money?" Now he is going to strip this box. See? Creative thinking.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 22, 2013 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have used lacquer thinner for this. The glue was a DAP contact cement.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 26, 2013 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Head came out nicely.
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