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Wanted to know if I can put new tulex over the tulex that is already on the cab. Its a Soldano 4x12 Guitar cab. The tulex is in good condition. Will it effect the sound of the cab? What kind of adhesive should I use? Should I sand down the cab or the tulex?
Any help or advice would be awesome!
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Hi,you have asked several questions about your cabinet,so I will try to answer them in order.
#1. Yes,it is possible to apply new Tolex over the original vinyl,but I promise you,you will not be happy with the results.
#2. Yes,adding more vinyl over the original will effect the sound of your cabinet,as you know cabinets are made of wood and wood resonates,thus giving us those pleasing tones we love,the good people at Soldano are known for using high grade Baltic Birch in their cabs,adding another layer of vinyl  to your cabinet will change the frequency of those resonations,and you will notice those changes,so I would advise you to stick to just the one layer.
#3.Now the bad news,the best way to change the look of you cabinet,is to strip off  the old vinyl,now the bad part,then you have to clean and strip the cabinet and it is a job.Be ready to use alot of elbow grease,after the old vinyl comes
off it will leave glue residue,and it all must be removed before applying the new vinyl,there are some really good techniques for doing this,but are
to lengthy to go into now,but i will post them for you soon.You asked about adhesives,my favorite
is made by Custom Pak Industries,and is made just for Tolex,their distributor is Tubes and More,or Antique Electronics,it's in their Tolex section, it cleans up with water,no dangerous  vapors,and it doesn't shrink the vinyl when it dries,well I hope this helps some if you have more questions or need help,post it and I'll get back to you...............Steve
 
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As I said , I will share some very effective ways to remove the vinyl and then start cleaning up the cabinet.
1st,start by removing all of the hardware from the cabinet,corners,screws ect.then when you have the back panel off remove the speakers,but first draw a rough diagram of the speaker wiring so you can hook up the speakers correctly when putting the cabinet back together.Then remove the speaker baffle and its screws.
2nd,start at a corner,and lift up the edge of a vinyl panel,most can be started under the front lip of the cabinet,once you get the vinyl started and lifted up,start peeling,it may tear sometimes because the old glue has cured and can really hang on,so expect it to happen.
3rd,if you have a orbital sander,I like to use 40 grit disc on mine it really does a great job of removing the old glue,but be very careful,40 grit
takes no prisoners,it will remove the old glue but if you bear down to hard,it will remove some of your cabinet too.I don't like belt sanders,it's too easy to sand a furrow into a panel and that is a tough repair,stick with an orbital.Sanders are great for the big panels of the cabinet,but there is glue in the little ledges and recesses,and that glue
has to come out too,I like to use a small paint brush about 1 inch and some zip strip,paint it on the inside lips and ledges and let it work for about 1/2 hour,then take a safety razor blade and start
scraping,this is the longest and most tedious part
but it has to be done and all of the old glue has to be removed or the new vinyl will not set up  and start to lift up and ruin all your hard work,when stripping and prepping a cabinet,I find it easier to
work for 45 minutes to an hour then walk away to something else for awhile,then come back and work on the cabinet some,because I can't stress
enough,what a real chore this is,and how very important this prep work is,it will make all the difference in sad looking cabinet or factory looking cabinet,hope this helps.........Steve
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HI,check out some pics in the members projects forum under Marshall JCM 900 recover,I did those a while back,and you can see,with some patience,and some old fashion hard work you can really do a great recover job, your self at home,get you supplys from Speaker Builder,a great source for  vinyl (Tolex ) and all your needs,take your time and enjoy........Steve

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