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Glue for Tolex Repairs

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by phishaholik, Nov 3, 2005.

  1. phishaholik

    phishaholik Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2005
    Portland, Oregon
    What's the best kind of glue to repair tolex rips? Any tricks to getting it right? I just got a Trace BLX-80 with a small tear.


  2. I think your choices are many here, but I think ideally a contact cement would be the most appropriate, because you can apply it to both surfaces, wait a bit, then press 'em together and it's done. However, I've used regular old Elmer's (in a situation where I could let it dry) with good results on a small tear, but that kind of glue isn't a good bet to withstand moisture, whereas the yellow woodworker's glue would be (again needing setting/drying time). If it was a big piece, I think that spray on adhesive would work pretty well (maybe 3M still makes it), and it's immediately done. So, lots of possibilities.
  3. uaudio


    Apr 11, 2008
    Bumping this old thread for additional ideas. Is Super Glue ok for a tiny tear?
  4. I've used Super Glue with great results on small tears.
  5. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    Zap makes a super glue that remains a little more flexible after its dry. the regular stuff can dry pretty hard and brittle. i think that its called flex-zap 2. and their poly zap also works well on vinyl.
  6. contact cement
  7. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Super Glue can be brittle when dried. A contact cement that
    is rubber based is a much better choice.

    Barge Cement, used by shoe repairshops, is great stuff if you
    can find it.

  8. whoatherechunk


    Apr 4, 2008
    nice nice nice. so contact cement is obviously a good choice?
  9. Jim C

    Jim C Spector#496:More curves than Sophia + better sound Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Have had good luck with Barge (on small areas) and is available at my local hardware store.
    Contact cement works very well but don't like the water based / acrylic stuff.
  10. etoncrow

    etoncrow (aka Greg Harman, the curmudgeon with a conundrum)

    gorilla glue is pretty useful stuff
  11. nysbob


    Sep 14, 2003
    Cincinnati OH
    I just fixed a few pulling seams on my 15 year old carpet cabs with a hot glue gun. Seemed to take pretty well.