How to remove paint from grille cloth?

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  1. Edword

    Edword

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    I'm having a difficult time removing paint from my grille cloth. It's caked on there to the point that it's almost a solid sheet of paint:

    http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee29/joe_jr_bucket/BigB.jpg

    I've researched it on this site and others, and tried some of the suggestions, but I'm making very little progress. Anyone know of a good way to do it? I can only guess how long the paint's been on there, a previous owner painted it.
  2. salcott

    salcott Supporting Member

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    I'd replace it-Antique Electronics has a large selection of grille cloth in their catalogue. You should be able to find something suitable.
  3. Fito Moreno

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    spray paint or shoe polish
  4. anderbass

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    Hey that's a very cool looking cab, what brand/model is it?

    I don't think your ever going to successfully remove all the paint from the grill cloth without destroying it in the process, so I'll second either replacing the material or just giving it a fresh coat of black paint.
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  6. Edword

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    It's a Traynor YC-810:

    http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee29/joe_jr_bucket/big_B_no_grille.jpg

    I posted pics of it a few months ago when I first got it, but haven't got around to cleaning it up until now.
  7. anderbass

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    Wow, I like it allot!
  8. BillyB_from_LZ

    BillyB_from_LZ Supporting Member

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    If it's completely painted, you're better off replacing it.

    I seem to recall that someone sells Traynor style grille cloth, but I don't recall who.

    Some Traynor photos...http://www.lynx.bc.ca/~jc/traynorAmps.html

    Another idea: If the silver accents are on both sides of the grille cloth, could you remove it from the frame, reverse it and reinstall it?

    Now you need the 1x18 folded horn with two 8 in. speakers in front to go along with it!
  9. Edword

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    Actually, I'm in the process of deciding which speakers to get for it. The ones that it came with from the previous owner are cheap guitar speakers. After I've got 'em replaced, I want to see how it sounds along with my Ampeg SVT-410HLF through my YBA-3:

    http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee29/joe_jr_bucket/traynor_BigB.jpg

    Who knows? If it sounds good enough, I might replace the grill cloth on both cabs with Traynor-looking stuff.
  10. BillyB_from_LZ

    BillyB_from_LZ Supporting Member

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    The original speakers were probably cheap guitar speakers... Not many 10 in. bass speakers available back then (which is why Ampeg and Traynor used eight of them!). We loved our 15s and 18s!!
  11. Edword

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    I did manage to scrounge up some pics of Marsland 10s, but the ones in mine aren't Ms. Doggone.
  12. Rattman

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    Yeah... that will work.. just get the right colour for the grillcloth, but make sure its VERY durable. I'd recommend getting the spray paint that will adhere/designed .. specifically for outdoor furnature. That stuff will also work well on the tolex.. once its been well-scrubbed!
  13. Bone

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    Try this site http://www.mojomusicalsupply.com/products.asp?id=44986 I just purchased some grille cloth from them for a 74 Musicman amp restoration. Go to thier surplus section it's about half the cost if they have what your looking for. I used to have that same cab back in 1976. I remember it having a bluish cloth with the plastic chrome piping. Had the matching 100 watt head too. Not a bad sounding rig back in high school.
  14. Bryan316

    Bryan316 Banned

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    Acetone takes just about any paint off. I used it to clean up my old SVT610 when I sold it. Worked like a charm.

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