How to Recover Guitar Speaker Cabinets

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How to Recover Guitar Speaker Cabinets
Most guitar amps are covered in a vinyl material known as Tolex. (amplifier knobs image by Darko Draskovic from Fotolia.com)

Recovering your guitar cabinet becomes necessary to protect the wood just lies just beneath. Over time and with constant abuse, vinyl and other types of coverings used on guitar cabinets starts to wear. Tolex, which is the brand name for the covering most often used in these situations, is available at guitar stores and online. Not only will recovering it protect the wood better, but it also makes your guitar cabinet look better. With a little patience, you can recover your guitar cabinet and accomplish both goals with ease.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Cabinet covering
  • Contact cement or spray adhesive
  • Utility knife

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Remove the old covering on the guitar amplifier cabinets. Peel the covering off carefully in one piece, if possible. Having a solid piece provides a pattern to follow when you cut the new covering.

  2. 2

    Sand down the wood of the cabinet in order to facilitate the bonding process. Sand off as much as the old contact cement as possible. Remove the wood shavings,splinters and any debris that remains on the cabinet. Fill any holes that affect the cabinet's appearance with wood putty.

  3. 3

    Place the old covering on top of the new material. Trace around the outside to create a pattern. Cut seams on the bottom of the cabinet, where it is less noticeable. Use an Exacto knife or utility knife to cut the pattern out for use on the cabinet. Only use as much material as needed to cover the cabinet to avoid excess material.

  4. 4

    Apply contact cement or spray adhesive to \the wood surface of the cabinet and the back of the covering. This increases the contact and secures the covering. Apply the adhesive evenly to prevent excessive adhesive from leaking.

  5. 5

    Apply the covering, aligning it properly with the pattern. Wiggle room is limited, so place the covering as close to the pattern as possible. Start from the top, if possible, and use your hand to flatten it out and carefully wrap it around all of the cabinet's corners. It eventually shrinks to fit, but the closer you get it to fit during the process, the better.

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