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Aged Fender Grillcloth Experiment

 
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Jovi Bon Kenobi



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Location: San Francisco

PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 2:40 pm    Post subject: Aged Fender Grillcloth Experiment Reply with quote

Just thought I'd share here for any who may be interested. I recently finished building an Allen Encore and I ordered the cabinet to be built with aged grillcloth. After getting it all up and running (so awesome), I felt the "aged" character of the grillcloth wasn't quite deep enough.

Here's the cabinet as it arrived. Black tolex, aged grillcloth.


I put in an order at Mojotone for their Aged Fender-style black/white/silver cloth thinking that it would be a deeper hue, like you see on Blackface era amps. Turns out that it's the same as what came on the cabinet above, so I decided to deepen the hue myself.

Here are some test pieces

Left to right:
-Mojotone aged Fender style black/white/silver, stock
-Sprayed with tinted clear lacquer
-Rubbed with Kiwi Brand brown shoe polish
-Soaked in tea, Barry's Irish Breakfast Smile

I liked the tea soaked one the best, so here it is re-clothed

This was left to soak overnight in black tea, off the baffle of course, then stapled back on.

Tbh, it was a lot of work for something so trivial but there was no harm in trying and I learned how to re-cloth baffles so that was cool.

Take care.
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Lon



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Location: Stephenville, TX

PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2016 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It really does look better than before. Good job
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RolandR



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2016 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice work "aging" the grill.

I bought a new grill turquoise, silver, CBS style for my '79 Princeton. It looked too new so worked the original grill back.
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