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« on: July 29, 2005 06:17:08 PM »

ok. so i brought a chair home from work that is herman miller (eames design) plastic, fibreglass-reinforced. it's a lovely ivory/egg color. only thing- i work at a teen center, and years ago it was painted with acrylic (i believe) paint by a bunch of the kids who were just having a good time and went paint crazy.


does anyone have any suggestions about taking the paint off? i'm not positive it is acrylic (it may be oil) so i'm trying to avoid super-crazy-chemical route that could lead to disaster. but there might be some magic solution that would take off oil or acrylic with no issues?  i'm also a little nervous about scraping the paint off, because i don't want to damage the chair. i'm not looking to sell the chair or anything (it's really nice and comfortable and my boyfriend and i are trying to collect them) so it doesn't have to be perfect. i just want it looking more like its original self.

any ideas or support would be appreciated. : )

« Reply #1 on: July 31, 2005 06:22:33 PM »

  Hmmm, first thing to try would be goo be gone.  I've used it on pretty much everything and it's never ruined anything yet.  That will work if it's acrylic.  Another step, on the cheap and least likely to harm the chair level, would be nail polish remover.  Use that outdoors.

Okay, both will take some scrubbing and some time to sit, so it will be a job.  Be patient.

If the paint turns out to be non water soluble, you'll have to try our friend turpentine.  I've no idea how that would react to the chair, so go to a paint store and ask, ask, ask.  Make sure that nothing flammable is on the chair before you do the turpentine step, obviously.  And good luck...I'm envious.
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« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2005 06:59:18 PM »

goo gone!!!

now that is an all-around fabulous product i always forget. and it has that nice citrus-y smell. mmm.

thanks for the tips. i do believe that will be a project for the next weekend.

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