How to clean tolex?

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  1. rjtm

    rjtm New Member

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    Does anyone know how to safely clean tolex well without causing rips or color changes?

    Thanks
     
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    maltone New Member

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    I sure do. Get yourself some of these wipes:Armor All® - Product Detail

    Then, after you've wiped till your heart's content, dry wipe the tolex with a clean terry towel type of cloth. Next, wipe it down with this: Armor All® - Product Detail

    My amp is used, and doesn't look as new as a "brand new amp" but it sure is clean and smooth.
     
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    rjtm New Member

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    alright thanks. Someone else told me that I should use a warm, wet cloth to wipe it down. Is that ok or will it damage my amp?
     
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    Alcohol works really well with a toothbrush if there's dirt really caked in the grain of the tolex, but I wouldn't advise it around seams as I'm not sure what it might do to the adhesive.
     
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    A warm wet towel is fine, tolex is just plastic. I use Simple Green for the harder stuff to clean.
     
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    What if I use a warm wet cloth with diluted simple green? Do I have to wipe it off after or can I just leave it?
     
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    Also what type of simple green should i use?
     
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    diesect20022000 Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    low gloss armor all works well. hi gloss if you like it slippery.
     
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    armor all and a toothbrush...
     
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    + 1 for simple green.
    I just spray it on and scrub it with shop cloths.

    (not on a head/around vents though..)
     
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    IbanezMark Senior Member

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    double post..
     
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    rjtm New Member

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    What do you mean not on the head?
     
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    I mainly meant not to take the spray bottle and go to town on the faceplate and around the vents. It'll just create more work and cleanup :lol:

    I would just soak a rag with it and scrub away.
     
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    Ok so just the tolex around the head not near the vents and faceplate. Last thing, after using it do I have to wipe it off again with a moist towel or just leave it on?
     
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    Wipe it if it's sticky, otherwise it will just evaporate and be fine.
     
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    Ok cool thanks Ill just do that. And which simply green should I buy? Theres quite a few of them.
     
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    When cleaning anything, it is best to spray the cleaner on a rag and not on what you are indending to clean.
     
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    Make sure you drain the filter caps first.
     
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    Clammy Well-Known Member

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    I've owned Marshall amps for over 25 years, and have never cleaned any tolex. Just sayin'! ;)

    Cheers!
    :dude::dude::dude:
     
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    Yeah, but when you buy a old used amp, it's best to clean her up as you don't know where she's been.:)
     
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