#1
Hi guys and gals -

Just wanted to get a feel for the different adhesives for applying tolex to cabinets that any of you may have used or are familiar with. Any particularly good ones/bad ones?

I won't need a lot, I'm overhauling an old Frontman 15 housing that I can put a homemade circuit in.

While I'm at it.. any pointers for gluing and re-covering would also be appreciated.

Thanks y'all
#2
I've had success using spray adheive to glue down tolex that was lifting up. It was just some generic spray glue that I got from work.

Car accessory shops sometimes stock spray glue for carpeting subwoofer boxes, thats worth trying.
#3
Ok, thanks for the idea. I've been looking online and other forums suggest a spray adhesive and then gorilla glue around the edges. (Apparently some glues lift up around the edges much easier than others, part of the problem I'm trying to avoid in the first place.)

I guess it's just that I have a hard time shelling out $28 for mojotone to send me a quart of the stuff I'd need if I'm only doing a small amp. I'm always keeping an eye out for a less expensive alternative.
#4
Just had a look at the can and its just labelled "Pro-power Spray Adhesive 500ml"

Evostick make a spray contact adhesive that should be similar and work well. It would surprise me if you used more than 500ml on a small head as I glued quite a bit of tolex back onto a 15w practice combo and cant have used more than 30% of the can.
#5
I used this stuff on 3-4 cab builds and it works great:



It's solvent free so it won't stink up your house. If you get some on your hands or on the floor it just peels off.

You just apply it on both surfaces with a brush or roller. Wait for it do dry some, then apply the tolex to the cab. Here's my son applying the stuff. Child labor rocks :

#6
Quote by JackoMBA
I used this stuff on 3-4 cab builds and it works great:



It's solvent free so it won't stink up your house. If you get some on your hands or on the floor it just peels off.

You just apply it on both surfaces with a brush or roller. Wait for it do dry some, then apply the tolex to the cab. Here's my son applying the stuff. Child labor rocks :



Absolute best stuff to use. That rip-off expensive tolex adhesive boutique shops sell is this stuff, just relabeled. If you're too cheap to buy rollers, you can wipe it on with a balled up paper towel too.

Don't worry about the color too, when it dries it turns transparent.

I'd also suggest some quick-set super glue for doing the corners.
#7
With dozens of cabs behind me I always use a PVA adhesive (white glue) contact adhesive works well but you have to get it right first time or it is a real pain. PVA is a little tougher than the latex adhesives so little scuffs don't tear so far.

I coat both surfaces and let the glue go off a little before offering up the tolex, use a roller to get rid of any air pockets and stick the tucks after the main faces have stuck down.

When you are doing tucks and corners let the glue go off then apply a hair dryer. This softens the tolex so it loses its spring, it makes it easier to stick whatever adhesive you settle on. Don't use a hot air stripper, they get too hot.

PVA softens with heat so if you are careful with an iron you can set it to soften the adhesive but not melt the tolex and stick down loose corner tucks. Or use the hair dryer trick.

Don't agonise over the glues, they all work well enough but you don't need anything specialist with an inflated price. Use a hair dryer though, it saves so much frustration.
#8
Very good info, thank you all. This project may end up as a build thread in the future, just trying to get my ducks in a row before I start. Thanks for the tips