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    Relicing tolex?

    I recently bought an old 70's Fender amp that is missing both back panels. I am going to buy new panels at Mojo Tone and want to "age" them to look like the rest of the amp. Any ideas how to accomplish this feat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axtman View Post
    I recently bought an old 70's Fender amp that is missing both back panels. I am going to buy new panels at Mojo Tone and want to "age" them to look like the rest of the amp. Any ideas how to accomplish this feat?
    I would start with some swath's of tolex to experiment with. The first thing that comes to mind in my head would be scrubbing it with some salt and a little water then lettering it sit in the sun some.
    Or you could do like these guys suggest.
    How do you "relic" tolex? | Telecaster Guitar Forum

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axtman View Post
    ...I am going to buy new panels at Mojo Tone and want to "age" them to look like the rest of the amp...
    Would you post pictures of the existing condition that you wish to match?

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    Alternate POV

    An amp is a tool. Nobody is going to see the back panels. Leave them alone.

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    I see why someone might want to do this, but I'd just let them "self-relic". They'll catch up eventually.

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    Basically I want to take the ArmorAll type gloss off of new tolex. I want the finish to be dull.

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    Personally, I'd want to "un-relic" the front panel controls first

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    Send them to me. I'll leave them in my old, stone&plaster, leaky, musty, mildewy, fusty, nasty basement over the winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justin Thomas View Post
    Send them to me. I'll leave them in my old, stone&plaster, leaky, musty, mildewy, fusty, nasty basement over the winter.

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    What about the cigarettes and spilled booze? Need me to stop over every once in a while?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axtman View Post
    Basically I want to take the ArmorAll type gloss off of new tolex. I want the finish to be dull.
    Oh, that's different. You just want to degloss the surface. That's easy....
    Actually, I've never done it, but maybe one of these would work:
    https://www.hunker.com/13420516/how-...l-from-plastic
    https://itstillruns.com/remove-armor-5079651.html

    Keeping in mind that Tolex isn't leather, some of the techniques here might be helpful, maybe.
    https://www.wikihow.com/Dull-Leather

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    I know guys who use a Scotchbrite pad to give chrome golf clubs a satin finish. Maybe it would work with tolex? Obviously with a lighter touch.

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    Yea, I was thinking that too (before I got Google-tracked).

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