Good Questions: Cleaning Joe Colombo's Universale Chair?

Good Questions: Cleaning Joe Colombo's Universale Chair?

Aaron Able
Feb 12, 2009

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Hi Maxwell and team: I have the Joe Colombo 'Universale' Chair from Kartell. It is not in the best condition, and I am wondering how to best clean it or refinish it. I am somehow reluctant to (spray) paint over it, but would like to get at least rid of the black marks. (Not sure about the material, ABS plastic?) Thanks - Martin

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Hmm. Plastic furniture — especially original designs from the 60s and 70s don't age well. And unlike solid wood (or even a quality veneer) plastic is really difficult to repair or refinish. If you wanted to spruce this design up a little, we would cautitiously try a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser on the dark spots. (though check the label first!) This would damage the plastic with regular use and would take off the finish, but a once-over would probably spruce it up. BUT a Magic Eraser also has the potential to ruin your chair even proceed with caution!

Anyone else with suggestions?

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