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Bringing back gloss and color on Artemide Selene chair by Vico Magistretti  

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Maber_interior
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30/10/2022 9:51 am  

Hi,
I’m new to this forum. Let me introduce myself. I’m Robin, living in the Netherlands and a I have a true passion for design. Some of my favourite designers are, Magistretti, Prouvé, Panton, Ponti and Colombo

I like to restore the items I find and bring them back to how they were new.
Here a project I really liked. I found a set of early edition Artemide Selene chairs in a really bad condition. I think they were outside for quite a while. There was a lot of dirt, scratches and the gloss was gone.

First thing I did was cleaning with water and some green soap, to get of the first dirt. After that I hand polished them to get rid of the deep dirt that sat in the scratches. After cleaning them again with soap I took the machine and polished again. To finish them off I used the well known Turtle wax to give them the nice gloss and protection.

 

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tktoo2
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31/10/2022 4:21 pm  

@maber_interior

Hi Robin,

Welcome to DA Forum!

Are these photos of your chair prior to restoration treatment?


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Maber_interior
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10/11/2022 9:13 am  

Hi, thank you.  (@tkoo2)

I've just added new images to the post, here you can see a before and after + end results images!

Thanks!

 

 


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Herringbone
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10/11/2022 12:21 pm  

@maber_interior That's quite cool indeed! An amazing result. I'm not too much into plastic furniture but I wasn't aware that it was possible to bringt faded pieces to life again in such a convincing way. (From what I can see on the pictures). 

"People buy a chair, and they don't really care who designed it." (Arne Jacobsen)


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tktoo2
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12/11/2022 3:30 am  

@maber_interior, Thanks for posting after-treatment photos. The chairs really do look almost new now!

Were you able to identify the specific polymer? I know that certain plastics/resins are difficult if not impossible to polish to a high-gloss finish.


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Maber_interior
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14/11/2022 12:32 pm  

Hi @tktoo2 It's a plastic called Reglar, Artemide wrote:

"Reglar® is a thermosetting plastic (solidifies under heat) consisting of a thick mat of glass fibres, impregnated with polyester resin."

It's a hard plastic coloured through and through. I also did it once with a Joe Colombo Universale from Kartell, a more soft plastic but technique still worked out! 


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tktoo2
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15/11/2022 4:44 pm  

@maber_interior, I should have simply looked it up myself but assumed you might know already.

Nice work. Thank you!


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