Where can you get Toltex done?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by chaosMK, Aug 15, 2005.

  1. chaosMK


    May 26, 2005
    Albuquerque, NM
    Hi-fi into an old tube amp
    My rat-skins dont seem to be holding up too well. I had a bad experience with rain and a truck bed (fortunately cones were well protected, but the bottoms of the cabs got some moisture) and my cats took out some of their aggression on the cabs as well. I end up having to move my stuff pretty often and its looking more and more frayed as time goes on.

    Anyone know what type of place you can get toltex done at? Or does something like this usually end up a home project?
  2. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    I can say whether you can find a cab refinisher/recover
    type guy. Someone that does boat upholstery comes to mind.
    Probably not many of those in your neck of the woods.

    For a home project, I recommend cloth backed Vinyl,
    preferably with one piece long enough to go all the way
    around the cabinet, with a few inches left over. If you don't
    mind a few seams, you can probably get away with less.

    Apply with slow setting white or carpenters glue. Contact cement is also good, but hard to manipulate for large pieces.
    Overlap the seam on the bottom, and trim a straight line with
    a straight edge, creating a tight 'butt' joint. Allow to set.

    Next fit and trim the edges. Use contact cement to do the
    edges, and notch the corners for a good fit.

    I did this on a cab 20 plus years ago, and it has worn
    well. A pic of the cab, which I redid this winter is at the
    end of the DIY thread 2nd page, below in my sig. I didn't
    have to rework that at all.

    Corners and moldng parts for edges can be found
    at www.steelsound.com and www.tchweb.com
    and should give you a durable pleasing result.
    Also www.partsexpress.com

    The application time per cab should be 2-3 hours with
    setup and cleanup.

    It is essential that the surface substrate be clean and
    well prepped for gluing. Bare wood as much as possible.

    Good luck.
  3. I do it, but no where near being cost-effective geography-wise.