Many major guitar and bass amplifiers are wrapped in a vinyl material called Tolex. While this is largely a cosmetic material, it is sturdy material that helps protect the amplifier's internal electrical components from moisture. If you do a lot of touring and gigging, it is possible tear or damage this material if you're not careful. Fortunately, you can repair the Tolex on your amplifier yourself.
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Things you need
- Window or vinyl cleaner
- Clean cloth
- Industrial cement kit
- Putty or utility knife
Power down your amplifier and unplug its power cord from the nearest wall receptacle. If you're working with an individual amp head, disconnect the 1/4-inch speaker cable from the amplifier and speaker cabinet. Relocate the amplifier to a sturdy work area.
Locate the tear or cosmetic damage on the amplifier's vinyl. Apply some window or vinyl cleaner to a clean cloth or paper towel. Clean the damaged vinyl as thoroughly as possible. If it is a big tear, remove any debris from within the torn vinyl.
Purchase an industrial cement kit. You can purchase this from most hardware and home improvement stores. Use the syringe included in the kit to apply some cement into the torn area of the vinyl. Allow the wet cement to sit for about a minute.
Press the torn vinyl up against the amplifier's casing. Hold the vinyl in place for about a minute. Allow the vinyl to dry for about five to 10 minutes. Use a putty or utility knife to clean the excess rubber cement from the amplifier.
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