How to Remove Tolex

Written by robert russell
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Tolex is a durable vinyl material that is used to cover guitar amplifiers and other musical equipment. It comes in a variety of styles and colours that adds important aesthetic qualities. Fender amplifiers are identified and classified by their Tolex covering. Even though Tolex is durable eventually needs to be repaired or replaced. Over time the Tolex suffers rips and tears. It also becomes grungy with stains, dirt, and all sorts of grime. When the time comes to replace the Tolex the first step is to remove the old Tolex from the amplifier. In most cases this involves simply peeling off the old Tolex.

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Things you need

  • Putty knife
  • Hair dryer

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  1. 1

    Examine how the Tolex was applied to the guitar cabinet. Guitar amplifiers typically use four pieces of Tolex to cover a the cabinet; a top piece, a bottom piece, and two side pieces. Start by removing the top piece.

  2. 2

    Find a loose corner or edge. If a loose corner or edge is not visible use a putty knife to gently pry up an edge.

  3. 3

    Gently peel the Tolex off of the speaker cabinet. Avoid ripping the Tolex. The Tolex will be used as a model or template for the new Tolex covering. Use the putty knife when necessary to gently pry the Tolex from the cabinet.

  4. 4

    Blow a hair dryer on heavily glued areas that are difficult to peel. The hair dryer will warm the glues and make it easier to peel the Tolex without ripping it.

  5. 5

    Lay the old Tolex on a flat surface. Measure the length and width of the Tolex and write the measurements down. Dispose of the old Tolex.

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