I just recently stumbled upon your site, it’s very interesting. I was wondering if you could steer me in the right direction on this project i’m working on.
I purchased an original Saarinen tulip chair but the seat part is in sad shape.
The previous owner cut the upholstery and cut holes in the fiberglass to separate it from the base. I’m in the process of restoring it but I’m not sure of the proper way to separate the fiberglass from the shell.
I’ve searched the net but can’t find information, do you know if it’s possible to separate the shell without damaging it further? I’m not sure if I want to have it reupholstered or take it back to the original white shell with cushion. I’ve attached a couple of pics, any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for your letter, Jerron!
Looks like you have a fun project on your hands there! Hopefully the guys will swing by and help out with some tech advice! ^Cy
Jerron, if the chair were mine i would use it with a nice red wool cushion. Use Methyl Ethyl Ketone (MEK) to remove the foam padding and glue, the chemical will soften the foam and allow you to take it off with a plastic scraping blade. (best done outdoors in open air, bad fumes and flammable, use caution and safety) follow our fiberglass restoration guide for the new gloss look on the white, add a new cushion and enjoy your Tulip chair!