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Rat fur cabs

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by HoboCop, Mar 12, 2014.

  1. HoboCop

    HoboCop Supporting Member

    Hey does anyone have any tips for cleaning these things and repairing spots that have some wear on them? Much appreciated
  2. Mudcat35


    Feb 21, 2009
    Austin, TX
    The best thing I've found is the simple lint roller for getting fuzz, cat hair, etc. off of them. If you need to get spilled beer or something like that off them, I'd say you should be able to use some type of gentle cleaner, like maybe an upholster cleaner and a plastic brush (NOT a wire brush!).
  3. HoboCop

    HoboCop Supporting Member

    I really want to take some kind of black spray paint to them.. I wonder if there's fabric paint that might work
  4. AaronVonRock


    Feb 22, 2013
    Legit question: What is the advantage of rat fur vs. tolex? Honestly, I can't understand why rat fur is even an option as a covering. That stuff is terrible.
  5. bucephylus

    bucephylus Supporting Member Commercial User

    Aug 18, 2002
    General Manager TecPadz LLC
    The original "feature" of the rat fur is that it does not rip as easily as the tolex and holds up better during load in / outs vs tolex. I think that is still the case, though tolex has been improved somewhat.

    I'll tell you, though, here is a brutal combination: rat fur and a yellow lab in the house. We owned Marley for about 10 years and I'll tell you my rat fur cabs showed it. Nothing I ever found worked at all.
  6. Doug Parent

    Doug Parent Gold Supporting Member

    May 31, 2004
    San Diego, Ca.
    Dealer Nordstrand Pickups.
    Stinky? Sprinkle baking soda all over it and let it absorb the stink. vacuum it off later.

    Get a few shaving razors and literally shave all the raised and tufted carpet bits. It's possible to shave the carpet down to the point where it's really flat and smooth.
  7. HoboCop

    HoboCop Supporting Member

    Good call with the razor, I will do that for sure
  8. It is pretty horrible stuff. I put it in the same category as shag carpeting on the walls back in the 60's.

    I had to vacuum my Eden D210XLT for ages before I sold it, just to get it looking half decent. I'm glad it's gone.
  9. My Peavey Classic 400 head came covered in black rat fur. Now it's (further) covered with white cat fur. I can't get that cat hair off...
  10. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
    Carpet dye or Rit dye
    Test a portion on the bottom.
  11. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY
    After u clean it get a cover made
  12. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I've had a couple rigs with rat fur, but I like tolex so much better. Even the ugly tolex looks better to me, and I'd rather have tolex that's a little ratty looking than rat fur that's not. But it gets ratty looking as well. Just takes more time.
  13. The shed hair of a lab will jab itself into any carpet type material like a fishing hook, never to be released.

  14. beans-on-toast

    beans-on-toast Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2008
    Repairing damaged spots isn't easy. You can use paint but it is hard to match shades. There's a range of black shades for example. If it is really in rough shape, grind it off with a belt sander and recover the cab.

    I once had to remove a bands name that was spray painted onto the case. Acetone and a lot of scrubbing worked really well and the rat fur looked a lot better afterwards. It depends on the rat fur though.

    To clean the fur, I vacuum, use a stiff brush, and finish with soap and water. Does a good job.
  15. First vacuum clean it. Then clean it the best you can with a damp scrub type sponge, even use a razor to carefully remove any really funky stuff and get the fuzzy stuff off, then glue in fur - use the old fuzzy haircut stuff you removed for patches, let dry. Then lightly mist the rat fur with regular flat black paint with a rattle can (do it on a warm day). Let it dry and if you did it right (and it wasn't to beat up to beginning with) it'll look almost like new again.
  16. cricman


    Feb 23, 2013
    West of Dallas
    Unless you absolutely want to keep the fur for nostalgia (or period correct authenticity- whatever that means), I vote for pulling it off and rolling on Duratex. I made a 2X10 speaker cabinet and it turned out great. I like it so much, I used it to cover a 4'X8'x10" box that sits in the covered bed of my pickup truck. I have stacked lumber, tools, and a whole host of other things and it is holding up great. I bought the sampler kit for the cabinet, and had some left over to start the truck box.

    If your dead set on fur, then after cleaning it, you can carefully use a blow dryer industrial heat gun on a low setting to re-shrink the fibers and "tighten up" the fur and make it look almost like new. It worked fine for me. I can not emphasize enough the word "careful." Mind your distance and do not dwell in any spot very long. Use this technique at your own peril, as I can not be held accountable for your results!

  17. webmonster


    May 19, 2013
    New Zealand
    Rat fur is pretty easy to put on and do a nice job (even a novice like me!). I just built a TL cab and used grey rat fur to match my 1990's era TL cab.

    Is it easy to take off?
    I've got an amp at school donated to my Music Dept. and the previous owner's cat had a good time with it.
    Some of my students are interested in doing projects with me and stripping and recovering the combo would be good for us to do together.
  18. lowendblues

    lowendblues Supporting Member

    Oct 8, 2004
    I like rat fur, its durable.
  19. Jeff K

    Jeff K Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2005
    Memphis, TN
    The best thing about rat fur, IMO, is that you can stick all your velcro cable ties onto the side and always know where they are when it's time to pack them away again. I used to buy those packets of 5 or 6 different color velcro ties from Radio Shack for about a buck.
  20. Rat fur is way more durable than tolex, but IMO tolex looks better - but personally, I like that new truck bed type paint or whatever it is that manufactures are now using on their new lightweight cabinets better.