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Old 03-06-2008, 08:21 PM   #1
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Leg O Matic refinishing opinions

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After long anticipation, I received my Leg-O-Matic chairs earlier in the week. I knew one of the chair backs was missing some laminate before it came, but there were other spots that need a bit of repair. I have replaced the missing laminate on on chairs back, and repaired a large crack in one of the legs. As much as I would like to keep these in the wood tone, the repairs will be very visible. We are going to paint them, but what color. The first picture is the fabric color we have to recover the cushions in. The second is of the chairs of course.

I think black would be too dark, but I am no interior designer. Our floor is a brown stone texture.

Anyone have a color thought????

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Old 03-06-2008, 08:42 PM   #2
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Steve, maybe it's my computer - the photos aren't showing, just boxes with an X in the center.
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ya know....another person said they get the same thing, but others can read it. You can also read the blog.

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I'm also only getting two squares with an X in them.
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Hi there Steve-

Great chairs! I would try to keep them in the original finish if at all possible. Painting them would be a shame. Once you have mastered veneering you will be surprised how well the repairs will come out. Are the labels still on the bottom of the chairs? Is so could you email me a photo of the complete label?

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Rick,

No lables were found on them

Unfortunately, we want to be using these chairs soon, and painting is a good option for us. I will never be able to match the old finish, and if I sand down all the old finish, I will still have areas that will stick out like a sore thumb (veneer repair), etc.

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after doing a forum search for "leg o matic" and getting about 10,000 non-relevant threads (my typical forum search experience...any hints anyone) I must ask: what 's a leg o matic chair? do the legs fold up under the chair? if so, that's a good looking folding chair!
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Rick,

Do a search on google and you will come across some antique furniture information. The chair back folds down towards the seat cushion, and both sets of legs fold towards one another.

Here is a pic of them folded.


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I took some time today and recovered one of my cushions. I have not used my power stapler in about 5 years so lets just say I had a few machine gun moments. Looking at a chair with the same wood and seat back as mine on ebay with no broken laminate. Hopefully I can get it, and recover it....no painting required.

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after doing a forum search for "leg o matic" and getting about 10,000 non-relevant threads...
here ya go 'chop...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f46/...air-11327.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f46/...rage-2088.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f46/...airs-7624.html

it's laughable that ne1 would suggest painting these OLD CHAIRS is a shame or affects their 'collectibility' ...

what IS a shame is hoping that even a painted and glued up version of these old frail chairs...

with very dried wood and un braced legs..

can withstand the rigors of camping or heavy usage or youngsters, after 40+ years.

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what IS a shame is hoping that even a painted and glued up version of these old frail chairs...

with very dried wood and un braced legs..

can withstand the rigors of camping or heavy usage or youngsters, after 40+ years.

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Hi 2air,

Under most circumstances I would agree about that. In this case, I think the medic clan will be better off than most of us. You know them. They wonít place nearly the strain on the chairs as my big ole fat a**.
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u could be right vaughan, and lets hope so.

but most old dried, brittle wooden furniture (like these) serves best now as decoration...

and imagine taking one of these OUTSIDE 2 use on concrete or gravel or other camping surfaces.

so paint and new coverings may actually STRENGTHEN these...

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so paint and new coverings may actually STRENGTHEN these...

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You may be right there. Best to you!
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