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Cheap alternative to Tolex?

Post by oozitron » Wed Mar 24, 2010 1:04 pm

Building a pair of shallow cabs that will hook together as a big suitcase. They're made out of plywood, and while just painting it black would be OK, I'd have to do a lot of filling and sanding first to made the joints and corners look decent.

Tolex would be perfect, except for the fact that it's pretty pricey. Any suggestions for a different kind of 'glue on' covering that is cheap but still looks half decent?

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Post by loydb » Wed Mar 24, 2010 2:24 pm

Industrial carpet remnants, you can probably get it free if you ask around at carpet stores and tell them what it's for.

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Post by slo » Wed Mar 24, 2010 8:43 pm

I went to the fabric shop and got some black vinyl. It sort of looks like car upholstry, very tough and easy to glue, think faux leather.

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Post by oozitron » Thu Mar 25, 2010 7:38 am

Thanks fellow wigglers :)

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Post by bf » Thu Mar 25, 2010 11:45 am

I'm not sure on cost, but this SUV has an interior trimmed in whale penis leather. Might want to research it for an interesting alternative.

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Post by davebr » Thu Mar 25, 2010 11:51 am

Go to a auto upholstery shop and look at their tonneau cover material. I have bought some with an orange peel finish that was indistinguishable from Tolex. It also has the advantage of being very wide (72", I think) so I have often been able to only have seams on the bottom of mid-size cabinets.

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