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How to repair and restore Tolex, Rexine and vintage vinyl cloth?

Vintage amps, speakers and guitar cases made of Tolex, Rexine or vinyl cloth can be beautifully repaired with super glue, baking soda, and some of our groovy Rub ‘n Restore® color. This method is also great for repairing gouges in plastic or fiberglass. Beware: collectible items may be devalued by a repair, no matter how flawless.

This video demonstrates on an old record box found in a Los Angeles alley.

Video Contents:

  • 0:08 – What are Tolex and Rexine?
  • 0:39 – Super glue and baking soda epoxy intro
  • 1:08 – Color the surface
  • 1:42 – Dry the color
  • 1:54 – Apply super glue
  • 2:26 – Catalyze with baking soda
  • 2:45 – Sand with 320 grit wet-or-dry
  • 2:55 – More super glue
  • 3:09 – More baking soda
  • 3:14 – More sanding
  • 3:23 – More color
  • 3:34 – Contraindications: don’t use this method for flexible upholstery, leather, or vinyl
  • 3:54 – Finished result!

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