Better Bond's™ Tolex Adhesive is a non-flammable, water-based adhesive formulated to bond Tolex and similar materials such as vinyl to wood and other porous substrates.
Tolex is a plastic sheet and film material for book binding and case covering for speakers and amplifiers. Tolex is the trade name of a flexible plastic/vinyl material used to cover Fender amplifiers, Coffin Case® guitar cases and guitar cases from the 1960s onwards. Tolex was also used in marine upholstery applications found in classic Chris-Craft® models and other boats. More information can be found by clicking here.
Surfaces to be bonded must be clean. Apply a very thin coat to both surfaces using a glue roller. Very porous surfaces may require more than one coat. Second coat should not be applied until first has dried. Allow the most of the water content to evaporate 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.
Some users prefer to apply the adhesive single sided to the non-tolex substrate (MDF, plywood, etc.) at a slightly heavier spread. The adhesive is then allowed to only partially dry to increase in tack. The tolex is then applied and "worked" to smooth out. This method allows for some repositioning of the tolex.
Coverage: 325 sq ft/gallon
Clean Up: Use warm, soapy water to clean while adhesive is wet
Storage: Store in a clean and dry area at 60° - 80° F
Tip from Joe
If you're ordering veneer glue, don't forget a glue roller. It's worth every penny.
This item can not be shipped outside of the USA and Canada.
Freeze Protection Current Status: OPTIONAL
This adhesive can not be allowed to freeze. We have implemented a procedure using thermofoil bubble wrap and environmentally safe warming packs to protect this adhesive from freezing in transit. Freeze Protection is mandatory when the temperature drops below 32° F at our warehouse in Maryland. Freeze Protection is optional when the Maryland overnight low temperature is above 32° F for more than 72 hours. No orders with the freeze protection option will be shipped on Fridays.
When Freeze Protection is optional, customers may select freeze protection or decline this service based on their own assessment of the temperatures between Maryland and the delivery area. No refunds or replacements will be offered if the adhesive freezes in transit and the customer has declined the freeze protection option.
Is this glue the same as the Titan DX contact cement on this website?
Yes. The only differences are the name and the label on the bottle.
Will this adhesive work on plastic, metal, and other non-porous substrates?
Tolex adhesive requires the substrate material to be able to absorb water. It will not bond to a non-porous surface.
Is this the same glue as Custom Pak (CP) Adhesives #CP1386?
Yes and no. The current version of CP's 1386 adhesive is not suitable for Tolex. Our Tolex adhesive is the same as the older-style CP1386. That adhesive was too expensive for Custom Pak and they had to replace it with a newer version (though they lost the Tolex compatibility in that change).
Is Tolex adhesive freeze/thaw stable?
This adhesive is not usable if it is allowed to freeze. Once frozen, it turns to a solid lump of very hard rubber.
What is the clean up process with this adhesive?
Clean rollers and brushes with hot water while the adhesive is still wet. If the adhesive starts to dry, soak the roller or brush in mineral spirits for an hour and then clean with hot water. Cured adhesive can not be removed from rollers and brushes.
What other details should I know?
Shelf Life: 8 - 12 months (based storage conditions)
Coverage: 100 square feet per quart / 200 square feet per half gallon
Storage: Store in a dry area at 60° F – 80° F
Can this adhesive be shipped overseas?
Tolex adhesive can not be shipped outside of the USA and Canada.
What is the best way to apply this adhesive?
The glue roller is a "must have" item when applying Tolex adhesive.
Review by Jyme Bale
I've never used anything else and was ready to wait to the 20 to 30 min tack time but I am in south Texas in A/C and with a ceiling fan on high. This stuff dries ready to go in may be three minutes. It sticks fabulously. Highly recommended. I'm doing a Marshall amp and speaker cab that looks like the original.
Review by NJ
Holds up superbly. Very tacky when it sets up and seems to last.
Review by James Brindle
Its the exact same thing as mojo only a fraction of the cost. Mojo is out of their minds thinking they can mark up this same glue so much.
Review by Aaron "BLUEMAN" Kline
There are places on the internet that offer a similar product but this one is a better because it spreads further and when it dries, the tolex is rock solid. My amps are seeing some pretty crazy extremes so it's important that the glue line is durable. This is my new favorite.
Review by Jeremy Bush
If you know anything about this type of adhesive, you know that they are all pretty much the same. This stuff is as good as other Tolex glues but its less expensive, the customer service here is excellent, and the shipping is very affordable. So dont hesitate to use this company for Tolex glue. You wont be disappointed. A+