Sun Bleached IKEA Chairs Refreshed with Penetrol

Sun Bleached IKEA Chairs Refreshed with Penetrol

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Sarah Rae Smith
Aug 30, 2011

Remember a few years back when the internet as a whole peed its collective pants when we all learned how to refinish an Eames shell chair? It was big news. The process used a cool substance called Penetrol and if you happen to have a can laying around, there's more you can use it on!

The fine folks over at Ikea Hackers tipped us off to this great use for penetrol. Apparently it does wonders for more than just fiberglass and can be used on plastic chairs as well. In this case the chairs were sanded first with a bit of scotchbrite and then had the penetrol applied. The whole look was sealed in marine varnish and they're ready for a few more years at your table or outside in the sun.

Make sure to hop over to Redneck Modern for the full process and more beautiful before and after photos as it's a rather stunning transformation. Have you tried restoring anything else with Penetrol? It might be just the thing for that vintage or thrift store find!

Image: Redneck Modern

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