Cleaning old Tolex
I have a combo amp from the early sixties that was stored for a long time in sketchy conditions. Is there a simple, safe way to clean the grime off the Tolex on the cabinet?
1st step, clean with mild soap & water with toothbrush.
wait for dry.
2nd step, follow with a liberal appliance of F-21 (or similar) protectant.
wait for dry.
3rd step, buff with clean, dry cloth.
Repeat every 20 years.
What kind of amp is it?
avoid anything with silicone in it.theres a thread somewhere,with a bunch of recomendations.
You can use some solvents- naptha is OK, as long as you don't let it pool or remain in contact for too long. I wouldn't recommend anything stronger because the vinyl will dissolve.
If it's the really durable Tolex, like the stuff Peavey used in the 70's and 80's, it would handle quite a bit of abuse.
For one amp which had some paint and junk on it, I stripped it completely down to the Tolex--all the hardware off, corners, handles, everything. Then used a cleaner like the Simple Green and a soft brass wire brush. Took all the bad stuff off without chewing through the Tolex. Then hosed it off thoroughly and let it dry in the sun--it was a hot summer day so the water didn't have a chance to get into the wood.
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