Magazine article Guitar Player

Keepin' It Clean

Magazine article Guitar Player

Keepin' It Clean

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I RECENTLY ACQUIRED AN OLD FENDER TWIN Reverb that looks like it has been in a very smoky environment for decades. What's the best way to clean the Tolex and the grille cloth?--Danny Richardson

I recommend taking those pieces to the car wash for a thorough cleaning. First remove the back panels, chassis, speakers, handle, and reverb bag/pan from the cabinet. Then remove the entire baffle board, but keep the grille cloth in place. The tube label on the inside wall of the cabinet should be covered with plastic wrap and sealed with duct tape. Bring the cabinet, both back panels and the baffle board to the car wash. Start by using the low-pressure whitewall cleaner on the grille-cloth, back panels, and cabinet. Avoid spraying near the tube label, and then rinse everything with high-pressure clean water. The Tolex and grille cloth will look almost brand new as the dirt and grime are removed. You may have to spray the Tolex up close to get all the dirt and grime from the crevices. Towel dry everything immediately and place the pieces in the sun for a few minutes to dry. You do not want to leave any of these parts wet for any length of time. You may need to re-glue parts of the Tolex (especially on the inside back panels), which can be done with Elmer's white glue. Smear a light coat of glue on both the Tolex and the wood, and let this pre-dry until the glue is tacky. You can speed up the process by using a hair dryer or heat gun. …

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