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Posted By : Jez | Comments : 10

smoothing chipboard

Any ideas/tips appreciated.

Just stripped a 2 x 12 cab of its black tolex to recover it; it's now rougher than a badgers arse.

What's the best way to smooth it before retolexing it?




# Posted by 4most Wanted - 30/03/2012, 13:31 (GMT)

Sandpaper or a file Jez. I think anything else will just rip it to bits. Although I once used a Dremel with a grinder attachment. A bit fiddly but it did the trick.

# Posted by Jez - 30/03/2012, 13:33 (GMT)

worried about destroying it (its pretty old. wondered if there was something to "treat it" with first, to rebind it a bit?

# Posted by Keith (RED ZOO) - 30/03/2012, 13:38 (GMT)

Try pva glue Jez diluted with water perhaps 3 to one?

# Posted by Keith (RED ZOO) - 30/03/2012, 13:39 (GMT)

It'll also help the new adhesive bind

# Posted by Jez - 30/03/2012, 13:41 (GMT)

going for the spray on contact adhesive route. wonder if it'll stick to a good wood primer (could sand that?)

# Posted by the old cock and oak bar. HALI... - 30/03/2012, 13:54 (GMT)

@ jez, how do you know what a badgers arse feels like ?????? is that why your called route 69. lol.

# Posted by Jez - 30/03/2012, 15:45 (GMT)

....that implies that I indulge in mouth activities with animals!!!
Must admit, woken up with a few beasts in my younger days - all cats look grey in the dark though don't they!!! lol

# Posted by Jez - 30/03/2012, 15:59 (GMT)

@4mw and Kingpin - cheers. After much research (10 mins on google and youtube), it's going to be a thick brush on wood primer; bit of sanding then contact adhesive. If this goes well, the new Bugera amp gets it too!


# Posted by Alyerpal - 30/03/2012, 17:11 (GMT)

Probably work on yer badgers arse as well....


# Posted by a band - 30/03/2012, 17:15 (GMT)

If it still has glue an orbital sander will be best if you start off 80 grit working up to a finer sand paper. don't use a belt sander they have a tendency to dig in and you can end up with a very uneven surface. Be careful with the contact adhesive too It'll be a right pain to get your tolex off if you make a mistake. after you apply your adhesive to both suface's your cab and tolex and given it the appropiate drying time put some wood lats on the cab surface then put your tolex on the lats and remove one lat at a time pressing down the tolex as you go along. Hope that doesn't baffle you I could demonstrate it quite easily but writing it down I'm not too good at.


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