Published on August 27th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


How-to: New life for Ikea’s Urban Chairs

Sunbleached Ikea Urban Chair, Penetrol

Need to bring your Ikea Urban chairs back to life? Try a Scotchbrite and Penetrol (then protect with 303 Aerospace Protectant).

On a lark, I remembered what magic Penetrol did for Eames fiberglass chairs, so I gave it a try on these Urbans. First, clean well and “exfoliate” the seriously ashy bits with a Scotchbrite. Protecting the area well (dropcloth, etc.), saturate a rag with the Penetrol and wipe liberally on the chair. Rewipe if necessary and let dry for a few minutes. Wipe (or even out any excess). Let it dry a day and protect with 303.

You’re ready for another season or two…

See more of the new lease of life for urban chairs.

~ Hunter, SFBay

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

3 Responses to How-to: New life for Ikea’s Urban Chairs

  1. Susie says:

    Does the Penetrol get rid of the fiberglass “splinters” that get embedded in my skin?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Excellent tips.

  3. Laurel says:

    very nice job of bringing some glory back to these chairs. lovely color too!


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