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 Post subject: Motorola 7VT5 - VT73 - TS-4J
PostPosted: Jan Thu 18, 2018 7:15 am 
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Guys,
I was just wondering what would be the modern day equivalent to what the covering is on this suitcase TV. While the covering looks good, there are areas where it has been damaged and the back where the feet go needs lots of help.

Are there any restore threads where somebody has recovered one of there or something like it such as an Airline or Teletone, etc.

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 Post subject: Re: Motorola 7VT5 - VT73 - TS-4J
PostPosted: Jan Thu 18, 2018 7:54 am 
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Here, it used to be called "Leatherette".

I've had good results with, soap, water and a small brush, dry thoroughly, follow up with a couple of coats of satin epoxy clear.


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 Post subject: Re: Motorola 7VT5 - VT73 - TS-4J
PostPosted: Jan Fri 19, 2018 4:54 pm 
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I recovered a similar set (Emerson 7") with vinyl fabric. A fabric store near me had a variety of colors and I chose a dark brown. Used contact cement, and it turned out well. The vinyl is thicker than the paper thin leatherette, but this was not a problem. There may be a more exact match that I don't know about.
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 Post subject: Re: Motorola 7VT5 - VT73 - TS-4J
PostPosted: Jan Fri 19, 2018 11:36 pm 
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There used to be (a very few years ago) some material used to cover guitar amp cases. Not a wide selection of colors & styles as I recall, but similar sort of material to these old "portable" radios and TVs.

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 Post subject: Re: Motorola 7VT5 - VT73 - TS-4J
PostPosted: Jan Sat 20, 2018 8:10 pm 
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aj2x wrote:
There used to be (a very few years ago) some material used to cover guitar amp cases. Not a wide selection of colors & styles as I recall, but similar sort of material to these old "portable" radios and TVs.

That may be "Tolex". I've never had a piece of it but I think it is thinner than the vinyl used for upholstering that you might find at a fabric store. Tolex is available several places on the internet.

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 Post subject: Re: Motorola 7VT5 - VT73 - TS-4J
PostPosted: Jan Sat 20, 2018 10:12 pm 
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Tolex is available in a wide variety of colors and styles. You may find what you are looking for here: http://www.mojotone.com/TolexCarpetTweed_x#/


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 Post subject: Re: Motorola 7VT5 - VT73 - TS-4J
PostPosted: Jan Sun 21, 2018 12:09 am 
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Antique Electronic Supply sells Tolex:

https://www.tubesandmore.com/products/g ... lex_piping

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 Post subject: Re: Motorola 7VT5 - VT73 - TS-4J
PostPosted: Jan Sun 21, 2018 12:57 am 
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If you are recovering the cabinet with a fabric like the original, it would have been stuck on with animal-based wood glue. You can remove the original fabric by soaking in water. After you get the fabric off you should wash all the old glue off with soap and water.

The modern equivalent glue is PVA wood glue. It allows you an hour or so to stretch-reposition the fabric, it cleans up with water and dries clear. You make seams and joins by overlapping the fabric and then before the glue has completely set, cut down the line of the join using a VERY SHARP craft knife and a straightedge. Remove the excess material et voila!


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 Post subject: Re: Motorola 7VT5 - VT73 - TS-4J
PostPosted: Jan Sun 21, 2018 2:29 am 
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If it was hide glue, which comes off using hot water, then Titebond makes a type of it.
The original type had to be applied while hot.
http://www.titebond.com/product.aspx?id ... 7daa20f8ed
I found the Titebond kind at a local hardware store if I recall.

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