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 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.
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 flash off 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.
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.
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).