How To Clean & Repair Scratches in Lucite Furniture


I am absolutely nuts for Lucite furniture. I have such a weakness for the stuff that I have had to put myself on a Lucite diet — only one small piece per room — lest I cross over into full-on Liberace circa 1974 mode.

While there are so many fantastic pieces of Lucite being sold right now (check out Furniture Focus: Acrylic and Lucite Furniture), my particular penchant is for the vintage pieces.

As Anna pointed out last week in her fantastic post Quick History: Lucite, this magical material has been used in furnishings and décor since its introduction in 1937. As a result, it’s relatively easy to find some really unique antique and vintage Lucite pieces to call your own.

What I’ve struggled with, however, is finding a way to clean and/or repair all the little scratches and dings that inevitably occur with older Lucite pieces. Products like Brillianize claim to be made especially to clean and polish Lucite and acrylic to a glossy sheen, but I wonder how effective — and more importantly, how safe to use— they really are.

Do you love vintage Lucite? How do you keep your pieces in tip-top shape? Have you had any Lucite cleaning disasters? Share your hard-won wisdom with us!

Image: Benjamin Moore via DecorPad and Style at Home

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