How to Repair Tolex

By Carl Harper ; Updated September 15, 2017

Things Needed

  • Toothbrush
  • Windex
  • Clean cloth
  • Contact cement cleaner
  • Industrial cement cleaner
  • Syringe
  • Large bore needle
  • Vinyl

Tolex is a durable, vinyl covering for amplifiers. Due to the way amplifiers are often handled, it's essential that they are able to withstand the wear and tear they receive from numerous music gigs. However, over time the Tolex on amplifiers will experience nicks and tears, and will need to be repaired.

If Tolex Has Come Unglued

Remove everything from the amplifier cabinet (hardware, fan, reverb and speaker) and clean it.

Apply Windex with a clean toothbrush in the areas that need to be cleaned.

Apply the contact cement with a clean cloth where the Tolex has become unglued. You can also use the cement to get rid of any unwanted marks on the material, as well.

If Tolex Is Torn

Clean the area on the surface of the Tolex and the edges in the tears with Windex and a toothbrush.

Take a syringe and a large bore needle to apply industrial cement to the tears.

Push some vinyl into place once the cement has become tacky. Allow it to set for several minutes before cleaning off any extra cement with contact cement cleaner.

Tip

Cleaning your cabinet before beginning a repair can make a huge difference with the repair itself.

Warning

Make sure your amplifier is turned off and unplugged when applying Windex, cement or any other substance.