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What would you clean old tolex with?

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by two fingers, Dec 21, 2012.

  1. two fingers

    two fingers You tahkin 'uh me? Yeah, you. You tahkin 'uh me? Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    If this belongs somewhere else, sorry. It's an amp so I figured.....

    So I got an old V4 (story here http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f15/new-old-amp-day-ampeg-v4-question-942076/)

    The tolex has a really thin layer of grease on it. It almost seems as though the amp was stored beside the fryer at a restaurant for a year or so. It's just a bit gooey. So what would I use to get that clean without getting it too wet?

  2. Bassmec


    May 9, 2008
    Ipswich UK
    Proprietor Springvale Studios
    Isopropyl alcohol is quite good, it won't eat the original tolex or melt the adhesive but you know about ventilation and stuff, don't drink it.:bassist:
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  4. Codger

    Codger Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2008
    Simple Green or Spray Nine. Try a spot first.

    Edit: I see you might be cleaning painted surfaces? Careful with the Spray Nine - serious stuff.
  5. MLC_BassPlayer

    MLC_BassPlayer Supporting Member

    Feb 15, 2010
    Apex, NC
  6. hdracer

    hdracer Supporting Member

    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    I have had great luck with Meguiar's vinyl & rubber cleaner.
  7. wcriley


    Apr 5, 2010
    Western PA
    Uncompensated endorsing user: fEARful
    For grease, oil, or just plain "dirt" try Dawn dishwashing liquid and a soft scrub brush. Won't damage anything unless you use too much water.
  8. Marial

    Marial They make pills for that, right? Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 8, 2011
    Emerald City
    Clean with Dawn and then wipe it down with Lemon Pledge. I use LP on on everything from my motorcycle and helmet to cleaning furniture to you name it. It's a little like duct tape and WD-40 for me.
  9. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's Supporting Member

    +1 on the Lemon Pledge. I had a car detailing business for a while and used it on everything inside - chrome, wood, plastic, vinyl, and leather with great results. Of course it is great for guitars, too.
  10. beans-on-toast

    beans-on-toast Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2008
    What seems like grease can be accumulated gunk on the amp. Sometimes a layer of the vinyl can break down and leave the amp feeling that way. Either way try cleaning it.

    I would start with the least aggressive treatment. Mild dish soap and water. Use a rag or a soft brush. Clean the cabinet inside and out. Some of the stain inside the cabinet will come off, no big deal.

    They used a water soluble glue to affix the vinyl so be careful at the edges. If water creeps under the vinyl it will start to peel back. If it happens, you can re-glue it.
  11. phillybass101


    Jan 12, 2011
    Endorsing Artist: Brubaker Guitars, Tecamp Bass Players Gear
  12. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Don't just TalkBASS - PlayBASS! Supporting Member

    Windex® and a toothbrush works wonders.
  13. 1958Bassman


    Oct 20, 2007
    Pledge is for furniture, not vinyl. 303 vinyl protectant is about as good as it gets. Armor-All is disgusting.
  14. funkinbottom

    funkinbottom Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2006
    Northern CA.
    mmmmmmmmmm....beeer is there anything it can't do?
  15. LowEZ

    LowEZ Hack of all trades, disaster of some. Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2011
    Central NJ
    Windex with a soft bristle brush followed by Lemon Pledge!
  16. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    This. You can always try a more aggressive cleaning method if a gentle one doesn't work. If you scrape it down to the underlying fabric on your first try, there's nothing you can do at that point.
  17. LowEZ

    LowEZ Hack of all trades, disaster of some. Supporting Member

    Mar 29, 2011
    Central NJ
    On some classic Ampeg Navy Random Flair (or whatever it was called).





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