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    Tolex alternative: crazy ideas that might work?

    So, I'm trying to decide if it's worth it to cover my cab build in Tolex thinking there's a high probability I'll screw it up. That got me wondering, would something like Rhino Lining, Plasti-Dip or some other spray- and/or roll-on product be better?

    Anyone have any crazy ideas that just might work? Bonus points if you've seen it done well IRL.

    Don't expect much, it's not like I'm a Rocket Surgeon...

    #2
    I've seen Rhino Liner before - I wanna say some company used it, and I know Regor on /7/ did a cab in it.

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      #3
      Originally posted by Mike View Post
      I've seen Rhino Liner before - I wanna say some company used it, and I know Regor on /7/ did a cab in it.
      A bunch of the custom cab guys (including the one who did my bass cabinet) use Duratex, which basically paints on.

      http://www.audiokinesis.com/thunderchild-112.html

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        #4
        Originally posted by Mike View Post
        I've seen Rhino Liner before - I wanna say some company used it, and I know Regor on /7/ did a cab in it.
        He did a guitar, too.

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          #5
          I've plastidipped the front grill of rectifiers twice now. I'd never consider that material for the tolexing of a speaker cabinet. Maybe its a limitation of the spray or a limitation of my abilities with it, but I'd think it would flake off a ton from a full cab wrap like that.

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            #6
            I wouldn't use plastidip for it. It's not really meant to be handled a ton, and while it works pretty well it REALLY gasses off like fucking crazy. I dipped a ton of 4x4 parts on my old project truck. They held up well enough but good lord is that stuff smelly.

            If you're just doing an at-home cab, I'd try stretchable vinyl. It's really easy to work with and if you can't find it in a local fabric store, just about any car audio shop should be able to get it.

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                Originally posted by Darren View Post
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                Actually, kinda this. If the wood is quality, just stain/seal it

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Leon View Post

                  Actually, kinda this. If the wood is quality, just stain/seal it
                  It's what Mesa does on all those lovely exotic wood cabs after all.

                  If the wood isn't amazing, just paint it. Rhinoliner or similar would be better if you're planning to take it around with you, but plain old gloss/matt (to taste) wood paint will be fine for a home use only cab

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                    #10
                    I actually meant cover the cab with the flayed skin of your captive enemies… but whatevs.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Darren View Post
                      I actually meant cover the cab with the flayed skin of your captive enemies… but whatevs.

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                        #12
                        Seriously. Duratex is literally designed for covering speaker cabinets and road cases. Just paints on with a roller. You can even touch it up with a brush when it gets banged up. I've dragged my bass cab on the NYC subway many times and it has held up to the abuse just fine.

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                          #13
                          Daren is correct. Flayed skin or GTFO.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Josh View Post
                            Seriously. Duratex is literally designed for covering speaker cabinets and road cases. Just paints on with a roller. You can even touch it up with a brush when it gets banged up. I've dragged my bass cab on the NYC subway many times and it has held up to the abuse just fine.
                            I think I'm either going with that or a spray on Berliner/Rhino liner sort of thing. Thanks for the recommend!

                            As for the flayed skin, that's for my next guitar build.
                            Don't expect much, it's not like I'm a Rocket Surgeon...

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Überschall View Post
                              Daren is correct. Flayed skin or GTFO.
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                                Originally posted by Mike View Post

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                                Ash FTW!

                                Don't expect much, it's not like I'm a Rocket Surgeon...

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                                  #17
                                  Necronomitwelve.

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                                    #18
                                    Originally posted by Leon View Post
                                    Necronomitwelve.
                                    I am amazed someone does not already make this.

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                                      #19
                                      Originally posted by Mike View Post

                                      I am amazed someone does not already make this.
                                      New Mike is a trailblazer, if he actually follows through with this

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                                        #20
                                        Just in case doing the cab in the flayed skin of your enemies is a bit ambitious as a first project, you could always try binding a book with it

                                        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthropodermic_bibliopegy

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                                          #21
                                          Tolex isn't actually that hard. Main thing is a bit of patience and the right glue. If I can do it, anyone can

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                                            #22
                                            I’m surprised they haven’t used Kevlar for wrapping amps. Shits literally bulletproof.

                                            Speaking of flayed flesh; my former bass player and dear friend, Mad One, is a surgeon’s assistant and has done several jobs in that field over the years. About 18 years ago he was assisting with a lot of tummy tucks/stomach reductions. He wanted to make a mask out of human flesh, so he started sneaking bits of skin into a bag and bringing it home, where he’d tan it with battery acid in his garage. This is how he got the name Mad One. Dude is a trip; one of the kindest humans I’ve ever met, he’s helped me out in life a LOT, extremely intelligent.....but he fit the metal role so fucking well. He looks EXACTLY like that Canadian comedian that’s always with the Trailer Park Boys, Terry. Like EXACTLY like him. He’d never harm a soul.....but leave behind some discarded human flesh and it might end up on his face.

                                            He never finished the mask, he just had all these tanned pieces of flesh sitting in his garage for a few months. I think he shied away from it because of our reaction; he didn’t think it was all that crazy but we all thought it was fucking insane and would bust his balls about it constantly. Still do. “Hey, this is my buddy Mad One, he made a mask out of human flesh before.”
                                            The Karmic Law is not kismet. It is not fate but cause and effect. It is a taskmaster to the unwise; a servant to the wise.

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                                              #23
                                              Originally posted by RevDrucifer View Post
                                              I’m surprised they haven’t used Kevlar for wrapping amps. Shits literally bulletproof.

                                              Speaking of flayed flesh; my former bass player and dear friend, Mad One, is a surgeon’s assistant and has done several jobs in that field over the years. About 18 years ago he was assisting with a lot of tummy tucks/stomach reductions. He wanted to make a mask out of human flesh, so he started sneaking bits of skin into a bag and bringing it home, where he’d tan it with battery acid in his garage. This is how he got the name Mad One. Dude is a trip; one of the kindest humans I’ve ever met, he’s helped me out in life a LOT, extremely intelligent.....but he fit the metal role so fucking well. He looks EXACTLY like that Canadian comedian that’s always with the Trailer Park Boys, Terry. Like EXACTLY like him. He’d never harm a soul.....but leave behind some discarded human flesh and it might end up on his face.

                                              He never finished the mask, he just had all these tanned pieces of flesh sitting in his garage for a few months. I think he shied away from it because of our reaction; he didn’t think it was all that crazy but we all thought it was fucking insane and would bust his balls about it constantly. Still do. “Hey, this is my buddy Mad One, he made a mask out of human flesh before.”
                                              Yes, but did he KNOW the saw is family?
                                              Don't expect much, it's not like I'm a Rocket Surgeon...

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                                                #24
                                                Originally posted by Iron1 View Post
                                                So, I'm trying to decide if it's worth it to cover my cab build in Tolex thinking there's a high probability I'll screw it up. That got me wondering, would something like Rhino Lining, Plasti-Dip or some other spray- and/or roll-on product be better?

                                                Anyone have any crazy ideas that just might work? Bonus points if you've seen it done well IRL.
                                                Leatherette works and in fact its what tolex is before the 'guitar product' premium is applied.

                                                Be careful though some is padded that stuff is no good

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