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Carpet cover - cat damage

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by marcusj, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. marcusj


    Sep 4, 2009
    We have 6 kitties in the house and I've found that they're not compatible with my carpet-covered amps. Kitty thinks they make the best scratching post ever. Attached is a snap of my poor old Ashdown MAG-C115-300 which still sounds great but now looks uber-tatty.

    Refinishing tips, please. (I'm in Spain so will probably need to get materials mail-order.)

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  2. Start with 60-grit sandpaper on the cats...
  3. Matthijs


    Jul 3, 2006
    Still better than peeing in the gigbag :(
  4. jimmeyer176


    Oct 2, 2012
    Been there, cover cabs with a blanket next time
  5. murphy

    murphy Supporting Member

    May 5, 2004
    Toronto, Canada
    Been there with all the above...

    Always cover

    I had my old Hartke XL cab recovered in carpit/ ozite by a case/ roadcase manufacturer locally
  6. Will you?

  7. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
  8. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Just claim it's from the "road worn" series.

    Re-cover in Duratex. Scratching or no scratching, you still have to contend with cat hair.

    Distract. For whatever reason, my cats are drawn to wicker to sharpen their claws. Laundry hampers, baskets, furniture, etc. Snag some junk stuff off CL (or curbside on garbage day) and strategically place around the household.

  9. CL400Peavey

    CL400Peavey Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2011
    Grand Rapids Michigan
    I would refinish it in fresh cat pelts, but barring that idea strip all the carpet off and sand it down. Then cover in duratex. At least that is an easy repair if it is ever dinged, nicked, or scratched.
  10. arai

    arai Banned

    Jul 16, 2007
    Recover > get a good water gun and squirt the cat every time it tries to scratch it from now on
  11. Shinbone


    Dec 21, 2006
    Orange Park, FL
    I recovered an ozite cab once.....once!

    That stuff can be pretty hard to remove cleanly. I used a heat gun to loosen the glue so I could pull it off. Recovering with the new carpet was the easy part. Used 3M spray glue. There's a couple of good videos on YouTube that will show you how to do it.
  12. Matthijs


    Jul 3, 2006
    I seriously doubt covering it in catpelts will work as a deterrent, cat's don't work that way. The only way this will work is by turning all 6 of them into pelt and not letting any new ones into the house.
  13. murphy

    murphy Supporting Member

    May 5, 2004
    Toronto, Canada
    yeah, and watch your cab get ruined by water damage.
    6 cats.....you just have to make sure it is covered.
    I cover my cabs in old curtains.
    It is one of the various downsides of so many cats

    one day.........................................................dreaming of less cats......
  14. CL400Peavey

    CL400Peavey Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2011
    Grand Rapids Michigan
    Well I expect the OP to start with the 6 on hand, but to need a few more to finish the job. No cats = no cat damage.

  15. marcusj


    Sep 4, 2009
    Just been Googling for DuraTex (paint) - looks nice but probably a North-America-only option. I doubt I could source that in Spain (at any kind of reasonable price).

    In the UK looks like TuffCab is kind of equivalent to DuraTex, and it 'only' costs around €35 to get it delivered to Spain - so that ain't gonna happen (over €70 in just for the paint).

    Here in Spain there's some paint called Watertex made by Maper in Valencia - might be an / the answer. However, it looks like the minimum order quantity is 20kg which sounds like enough to do about 15 amps (might have near enough 15 guitars in the house, but only 2 amps). Have emailed anyway.

    What about vinyl refinishing (like Tolex or clone thereof)? Anybody had kitty damage on that?
  16. Matthijs


    Jul 3, 2006
    There's something called warnex available in Europe, but I've only seen that in large containers too.

    You can use vinyl, or even the vinyl stuff used for kitchen table covers. In Spain that comes in designs with food themes your cats will absolutely like.
  17. marcusj


    Sep 4, 2009
    Hmm, probably dog, budgie, mouse and rabbit themes would also be popular (oh, hang on, we're back to the scratching problem).
  18. Crater


    Oct 12, 2011
    Dallas, TX area
    I had this happen to a big 1x15 combo amp, I stripped the cab and re-covered it with tolex. The hardest part is removing the old residue from the cab, but it doesn't have to be perfectly clean - tolex is made to hide flaws. I used liquid contact cement, a construction adhesive. I was pleased with how it turned out, it looked very nice.
  19. marcusj


    Sep 4, 2009
    Thomann sell Warnex in 1kg tins. I shall add some to my shopping basket.

    Sometimes I think I should just set up a direct debit agreement with my bank savings account for Thomann...

    (By the way, also a huge fan of Yamaha BB (414, 425 and 614F).)
  20. T_Bone_TL


    Jan 10, 2013
    NW Mass/SW VT
    Go with the flow. Wrap it in sisal rope, and be glad they are scratching, not peeing on it. Replace rope as needed.

    Of course, one effect of making it deliberately a scratching surface may be that they won't scratch it again - but then they will find something else you don't want them to scratch.

    Perhaps if you put any remaining carpet cover from the amp on a board somewhere, they might scratch that?