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Author Topic: Heathkit TT-1A Tube Tester Case refurbishment  (Read 657 times)
KI0GF
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« on: January 27, 2019, 03:13:11 PM »

Using the Nickerson and Burwasser articles, have done a recap and align and the tester works fine.  The case needs some help though.  The edges are scuffed badly, covering is dull and nicked and some of the corners are corner wrapping is coming loose.  I have already reglued the wood on the corners where they were coming loose.
Does anyone know what the lack covering is made from?  Can you suggest ways to reattach a make it look better?  Is there any treatment I can put on it to shine it up?  It is a frequent use item, not a museum piece.  Momma would like it to look better too.
Many thanks
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KD0REQ
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« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2019, 05:58:47 PM »

Tubesandmore.com sells replacement Tolex and scuff corners for guitar amps.
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KI0GF
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« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2019, 06:31:14 AM »

Are you sure it is Tolex?  I was hoping to not have to replace it but rather refurbish.  I will check further.  Many thanks.
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KD0REQ
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« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2019, 07:50:33 AM »

there are vinyl repair kits made for autos and furniture, and that might also suffice.
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« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2019, 09:04:25 PM »

Quote from: k0afa
Does anyone know what the lack covering is made from?
The Zenith TransOceanic restorers have built “a trail for restoration”, in addition to countless speaker and guitar amplifier restorers.

The Transocenaics originally used Black Stag, but that is no longer available.
Some have used Tolex, which the guitar amplifiers, audiophiles, & musicians continue to use.
http://elmphotography.com/radios/ZTOrecover.pdf

Joe Magi’s Zenith Transoceanic web site has extensive photos for his Y600 restoration,
complete Tolex recovering.
http://www.zenithtransoceanic.com/store/images/Y600Redo/

Antique Electronic Supply
https://www.tubesandmore.com/products/grill_cloth_tolex_piping?filters=Type%3DTolex

Speak Builder Supply
https://www.speakerbuildersupply.com/tolex-in-dozens-of-patterns-s/1822.htm

Parts Express has Tolex and Vinyls
https://www.parts-express.com/cat/cabinet-covering/310

Amplified Parts
https://www.amplifiedparts.com/products/grill_cloth_tolex_piping
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KAPT4560
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« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2019, 12:18:40 AM »

 Great Northern Antiques (Alan Jesperson) has or had vinyl covering for the tubed Transoceanics:

Transoceanic Cover Material
Replacement vinyl covering for tube-type Transoceanics. One yard is enough to recover your worn cabinet. (Contact cement is the recommended adhesive.) $23.50 a yard. Shipped in a mailing tube. $10.00 shipping and handling.

 My G500 cabinet is worn in spots (mostly the corners), but I went over it with black shoe polish and it looks much better now.
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