Ami sent us an email: Hi AT! Long time reader, first time questioner here. We bought 4 vintage Casalino molded plastic chairs off of Craigslist: Unfortunately the plastic has yellowed with age. When we went to pick them up, they were in a dim & warmly lit room, so we didn't realize that they were so discolored until we got them into our bright & coldly lit house.
So my questions are:
1. Is there any way to lighten the chairs without damaging the plastic?
Chlorine bleach would obviously damage the plastic, but would oxygenated bleach be harmful to the finish? We're dubious this is even an option since we're 99% sure that the yellowing is heat/UV plastic degradation, but it's worth a shot.
2. If there isn't a way to clean the chairs, can we successfully paint the chairs?
We're not concerned with resale value -- we just want the chairs to not look like they're nicotine-stained. My spouse thinks that an acrylic paint would work, but I'm convinced that any DIY job would quickly start to flake since the chairs do flex a minute amount when you're sitting in them.
Please add your suggestions and advice for Ami to the comments below...thanks!