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Tolex Alternatives - Fabric Store Vinyl?

5/11/2003 4:09 PM
Bob PredainaTolex Alternatives - Fabric Store Vinyl?
I went to Jo-Ann fabrics with my Mom on Mothers' Day weekend. As a coincidence, the store had a 40% off sale on vinyl, so I went shopping for tolex-substitute cover materials. I'm building a small combo, and I've gotten kind of tired of the traditional Fender tolex colors, so I was looking for something a little different. Not necessarily Marshall purple, but something a little different, like faux leather in hunter green or burgundy.  
 
I have absolutely no experience using Alpine Vinyl or Marine Vinyl on amp head/combo cabinets. I've always used hardwood instead. Looking at the stuff at fabric stores, it didn't seem like it would hold down with glue well, and it didn't seem to be very scratch resistant. When I got to thinking about how tough it would be to make my own piping, cut the vinyl, and glue, the cost didn't seem any cheaper and it didn't seem any less labor intensive than building a hardwood box like on a 'wreck.  
 
Does anyone else have experience with the fabric store vinyls? I'd be particularly interested in hearing about how well they glue to pine or plywood, and how resistant they are to scuffing. Obviously, they're not going to be on par with tolex, but some of the colors and patterns do seem more interesting.

 
Replies:
Rick S Bob, there are so many different vi... -- 5/11/2003 7:02 PM
Don Symes Bob -please send me an emai... -- 5/11/2003 7:31 PM
Todd Hepler Bob -My main experience is ... -- 5/12/2003 4:01 AM
Chuck I have used fabric store vinyl as a... -- 5/12/2003 6:48 AM
MarkB BobI shop at Jo-Ann too. I ... -- 5/12/2003 7:42 PM
Bob Predaina thanks for the recommendations, guy... -- 5/13/2003 12:51 AM