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Cleaning Amp Tolex

 
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86runner



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 9:57 pm    Post subject: Cleaning Amp Tolex Reply with quote

I'm looking to trade my Marshall Vintage Modern 2266C for the same amp in head form and I want to clean some small white paint specks off the tolex before I make the trade. I assume naphtha is safe for amp tolex? Any other suggestions? Thanks!
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RolandR



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would use Windex or some kind of winder cleaner and tooth brush. Naphtha is a mild solvent and I'm not sure how tolex material would react to it. Maybe some chime in and give the "O-kay."
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jaybones



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

+1 on the Windex and toothbrush. Also, dampen a rag with Armor-All, and wipe it. Don't go crazy and get it so shiny looking that you can't get ahold of it without it slipping out of your hands.

When I taught lessons for a store, guys trading in amps that they'd tried to make look brand new that way often got less cash than if they brought it in dusty.

Now, paint flecks are a bit different, and if I had the store I wouldn't give you as much for it as without. And, if I took it in I would have someone clean it up before setting it out on the floor.

On the plus side, if they paint is latex there's a good chance it'll come right off. If its oil based it still might come off since the vinyl tolex stuff most amps are covered with is pretty tough to bond to.
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jkats



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try duct tape to remove paint flecks from Tolex.
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tarheel



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2017 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use Armor All Cleaner followed by Armor All Protectant lightly. But I would first try Naptha or Mineral Spirits on the paint flecks. A fingernail sometimes works too.
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