I all but finished the cleanup of the Hans Olsen set of dining chairs that I picked up just before our little trip to San Francisco two weeks ago. That's got to be a record for Mr. Modtomic. I'm not real swift with the "project gettin' to's", but this one was so dang easy and yielded such purdy results! The chair on the left is done while the one on the right was waiting patiently.
Note the light spots on the uprights and the dull finish on the backrest. All the legs and some of
the seat backs had tiny white paint splatters that had to be removed before applying the Danish
Oil. The light spots and the random dull finish is a result of using Goof-Off to clean off the paint.
Oh my...isn't that nice. Look how rich that teak looks now! Obviously this isn't the same chair
as above but they all turned out just as nice. The Danish Oil just soaks in as much as the wood
needs. I just slathered it on using a paper towel leaving a nice thick layer, let it sit for about a
half hour and then used another paper towel to remove any lingering oil and polish up the results.
I know...totally high tech. It's how I roll.
Now this is a true before and after. Can you believe this is the same chair? Removing all that
paint was a pain. Q-Tips and Goof-Off. Works like a charm. I just dipped the Q-Tip in the
Goof-Off and rubbed lightly on the paint. The Q-Tip not only scrubs the paint off but pulls it
away from the wood. Oh, yes...you'll go through quite a few Q-tips this way but it's worth it!
It's kinda tough to see the difference in these small pics. You'd need to click through them and
check out the largest sizes on the Flickr page to see the details. The chairs look so much better in
real life too. The oil adds such a richness to the finish. Danish Oil. Another weapon in the arsenal.
Not too shaby, eh? All that's left is to put new plugs in over the screws that hold the seatback
and clean up the ropes. If you've got some danish pieces that need a little freshenin' up, pick
yourself up a can of the Watco Danish Oil and give it a try. I've got about a dozen more pieces
that are on the waiting list for their turn. I hope they turn out as nice as these did!