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midatlanticmobler
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24/07/2022 8:13 pm  

Hello,

I have a pair of Jacobsen Pot chairs (stamped FH label on bottom) that I am trying to reupholster. I haven't worked with these kinds of chairs before. I've heard so much about these chairs, like the Swan, having a hard fiberglass shell, but when I opened up one of them what I found does not look like what I was expecting. Instead the surface is more like plaster; when I've tried to scrape the old adhesive off, the white surface below turns powdery. Embedded in the surface is a twine mesh. (Please see attached photo.)

I was wondering if anyone here has experience with this, might be able to tell me what this shell is made of, and might provide any insight on the best way to remove the old orange adhesive?

Many thanks!

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Herringbone
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28/07/2022 8:38 pm  

I don’t know if our friend @spanky has ever done something like it and if she is interested at all but we may just try and give her the bat signal. 

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


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objectworship
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28/07/2022 9:38 pm  

That’s what latex foam looks like when it’s beyond totally shot. Now you’ve got your work cut out for you!


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Spanky
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28/07/2022 11:07 pm  

Yes, dried up latex foam.  Just gently scrape it off, vacuum the entire service and proceed with upholstering.  (Be sure to wear a particle mask, too!)


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midatlanticmobler
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31/07/2022 8:21 pm  

Thanks, @Spanky ! I'm more concerned with doing a good enough job at removing the old adhesive while not damaging the frame in the process. Would you use any sort of solvent to remove the old adhesive? If I had a better idea of what the frame was actually made of I would be less concerned about it. Also, I don't want to go through the process of cleaning it up and putting on new foam and fabric, only for the new foam to not have a good enough bond to the frame and not hold up for very long...


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