Tolex Glue - Brush-on adhesive for applying tolex

Tolex Glue - Brush-on adhesive for applying tolex

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Brush-on adhesive ideal for applying tolex. Cleans up with soap and water. No nasty solvents required. Does not stretch or shrink the vinyl. Comes in quarts or gallons.

Specifications: Tolex Glue is a non-flammable, Neoprene based, water borne adhesive formulated to bond tolex and vinyl to wood and wood based substrates.
Min. use temp: 45°F
Freezes at 32°F and lower
Shelf Life: 6 Months

Directions: Surfaces to be bonded must be clean. Apply a very thin coat to both surfaces. Very porous surfaces may require more than one coat. Second coat should not be applied until first has dried. Allow to 'flash off' for 20-30 minutes. Cloudy areas indicate incomplete drying. This time can be shortened with forced air and/or heat. Position pieces carefully prior to bringing surfaces together as bond is made instantly. A pinch or J-roller roller is recommended to obtain proper mating.

Clean Up: Cleans up easily with warm soapy water.
Store tightly closed at room temperature. DO NOT Freeze.

Cautions or Warnings: for industrial use only. Consult MSDS prior to use

Please note that because grill cloth/tolex needs to be cut, we cannot accept any returns on these items. Small tolex samples are available for evaluation by ordering part S-GSAMPLE. You can also order a full set of all of our Tolex samples by ordering S-GSG2.

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Product Measurements by Type
Freezing Point32°F
Shelf Life6 months
Temperature, minimum45°F
VolumeGallon versionS-F316G1 gallon
Quart versionS-F3161 quart
Packaging Information
Packaging DimensionsGallon versionS-F316G11.9 in. × 6.1 in. × 6.1 in.
Quart versionS-F3169.8 in. × 3.3 in. × 3.3 in.
Weight (Packaging)Gallon versionS-F316G8.85 lbs.
Quart versionS-F3162.243 lbs.
Product Measurements by Item
S-F316 - Quart versionFreezing Point32°F
Shelf Life6 months
Temperature, minimum45°F
Volume1 quart
S-F316G - Gallon versionFreezing Point32°F
Shelf Life6 months
Temperature, minimum45°F
Volume1 gallon
PDF: MSDSAll Models

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Asked by bluzmule on September 7th, 2017.
Matt H.
September 8th, 2017
Staff Member
1 quart may not be enough depending on your application technique. If in doubt you may want to get the gallon.
August 25th, 2020
according to my personal experience recoverin a blackface era 2x12 bassman cab, 1 quart will be more than enough for 1 cab including the back and possible enough to do two cabinets.
August 25th, 2020
I'm currently recovering a fender bassman blackface era 2x12 cab. I've redone all but the top piece of tolex and have used less than half a quart. I expect to have more than half a quart left when I'm done.
August 27th, 2020
I used a little less than 1/2 a quart to completely cover my blackface era 2x12 cabinet
Asked by Anonymous on February 2nd, 2016.
February 3rd, 2016
Staff Member
Top Contributor
This glue should bond tolex to tolex but it's best function is gluing the back of the tolex to wood. It's possible that you may need additional adhesive or contact cement.
July 24th, 2017
Water based contact adhesive of this type will NOT bond Tolex to Tolex on a long term basis! It will look good for about a month and then peel off. Its bond with the wood will be just fine. Do not use 'traditional' solvent based contact adhesive, because the Tolex has high amounts of plasticiser in it, and this will cause the adhesive to break down and the bond fails by it going runny and slimy! This is a well known fault caused by 'Plasticiser Migration.' You will need to buy special 'vinyl' adhesive to stick the overlapping parts of the vinyl cloth/Tolex separately. It's a real pain... but the ONLY way! PVA glue is useless in this application. Stewart Ward -, we are involved with professional cabinet covering for our own products. Good luck!
May 1st, 2018
For the overlap I used a block sander with 40 grit to scuff up the top of the tolex. This helped a lot to create a better mechanical surface for good adhesion.
Asked by Anonymous on November 30th, 2016.
Matt H.
December 1st, 2016
Staff Member
You would want to get the gallon for a 4x12. Tolex glue does not have much viscosity and you will need to apply the glue to the cab and the tolex. We also recommend 4 yards of tolex for a standard 4x12.
April 30th, 2018
Uh, totally disagree. Because of this comment I bought a gallon. For a 4x12 Marshall cabinet AND a 4x12 Fender Tonemaster cabinet I used just over a quart. This stuff goes a long way. You need to change this statement to a pint and an half. Anyone need 2 1/2 quarts? ;^)
Asked by Anonymous on September 18th, 2015.
September 21st, 2015
Staff Member
Top Contributor
This should be enough to cover a standard sized combo amplifier though individual results may vary.
Asked by Anonymous on March 18th, 2017.
Matt H.
March 23rd, 2017
Staff Member
You will want to let it set overnight.
Asked by OFF on March 31st, 2021.
April 1st, 2021
Staff Member
Yes. There are no regulations preventing this from shipping internationally.

Product Reviews

4.50 out of 5 based on 10 reviews
- April 6th, 2021
5 out of 5

Works great! I used it for tweed fabric. It is easy to apply and is forgiving if you need to reposition a piece....just don’t wait too long. Follow the instructions with regard to flash time. If you don’t wait for glue to turn from white to clear you will see dark areas under the tweed. Luckily it can be fixed with a hair dryer but it takes a while .

- February 4th, 2019
1 out of 5

MY EXPERIANCE.. I had a wood panel of 8" x 17" on which I drizzled a figure "8" and started brushing... the product had already started coagulating on the wood (3 maybe 4 seconds) and a gentle brush stroke pulled it up and into the fluid reserve of the "drizzled 8". It would not dissolve into the just puddled product and the Tolex vinyl (@ 20/1000 thick) would have been lumpy! I could not brush it out!! The skim was scum! I used about 1.5 oz. or less.... It would not dissolve in soapy water so there went my paint brush! I had to use 0000 steel wool to remove and clean the wood for a different product. A total waste of my money. my time, my paint brush and effort!! BUY IT AT YOUR OWN RISK! fs

- September 1st, 2018
5 out of 5

I'm about 2/3 of the way through my most challenging tolex job to date and I gotta say I absolutely LOVE working with this stuff over my past experiences with the contact cement/spray adhesive combo. I can actually do my tolexing on my large granite kitchen island which means temperature control (100+ degrees F in the garage!) and a large extremely flat surface to work on.

- April 30th, 2018
5 out of 5

Good Stuff.
FYI because it sounded like I would need at least a quart for a 4x12 cabinet I bought a gallon. For a 4x12 Marshall cabinet AND a 4x12 Fender Tonemaster cabinet I used just over a quart. This stuff goes a long way. Anyone need 2 1/2 quarts? ;^)

- January 27th, 2016
5 out of 5


- August 1st, 2015
5 out of 5

Easy to work with, and no offensive chemical odors. Haven't had it long enough to know how long-term adhesion will be, but this made applying Tolex a far less painful job than you'd expect.

- April 28th, 2015
5 out of 5

Finally got a chance to use this glue (with the Original Fender Tweed from AES) and if was great. No brain damage from fumes like other toxic glues and contact cements. I could use it indoors without giant fans running (and causing a dust storm). Would dry for use in 20-30 minutes and wouldn't stretch/shrink the tweed. You could easily pull up the fabric and reposition, within a few minutes, if you needed to adjust. Clean up was super easy-soap and hot water. It drys quickly, so only pour out what you need (I used a ceramic coffe mug) for the area you are working on. Will definitely use this product from now on.

- March 20th, 2015
5 out of 5

I'm really glad I found this.

- February 24th, 2015
5 out of 5

I'd always purchased 3M latex contact cement from the hardware store, which worked well. They were out, and I was ordering from AES anyway, so I got some. It cost more than the stuff from the store, but is easier to clean up. I think I'll use this from now on.

- October 9th, 2014
4 out of 5

The tolex glue works great if you want to wait for it to dry. I myself am very impatient and future cabinet coverings will be with the spray type. It is a very good product and I am pretty sure that it could be used in a spray application. I recommend it to any one who wants to use the traditional method of applying tolex.