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We knew that it wouldn't last forever.  We had a nice long run, but now it's time to say goodbye.  Sometime next week, I will be retiring my red barber chair and replacing it with a 1920's Emil J. Paidar barber chair.  I bought it last night and started repairing it then.  The cool thing about it is that it has a head rest with sanitary "butcher" paper, and comes with a matching child's seat. 

There's also a spot for the razor strop and a bar for the cape.

If I have time this weekend, I'll sand a part of it down and begin painting some of the chrome.  If I had the time (and money!), I would prefer to strip the whole thing down, have it painted with white enamel and chrome, and have the green vinyl replaced with black leather.

For those curious about the mechanics these Paidar barber chairs, there is no foot pump.  Everything is done through the handle on the side.  Pumping the handle forward, moves the chair up.  Pushing the handle all the way forward, brings the chair all the way down.  Pulling the handle out, while also pulling the chair's back down, brings the back down and the foot rest up.  Push in the handle to lock the reclined chair in place.  

(A big Thank You to Clippers for answering my call to help me figure that out!)

To add hydraulic fluid, remove the seat cushion.  You'll find the a screw-on cap there.  The foot rest can swivel a bit, so that you're customer can either rest his/her feet on the cushion, or keep their feet on the metal foot rest to get a shoe shine.


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Jan. 12th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
looking for your expertise.
So what 'hydraulic fluid' do you fill it with? I have an old Koch chair, and need to refill it.

Thanks in advance for your help
Gabriel Majors

Jan. 13th, 2009 05:18 pm (UTC)
Re: looking for your expertise.
According to Lee of http://www.WholesaleSalon.com you can go to any hardware store and buy hydraulic fluid. Look for the kind that has "low detergent."

This type of hydraulic fluid is good for older barber chairs only! The newer barber chairs have self-sealing pumps, so once those go out, you'll just have to buy a new barber chair.

IMPORTANT! When adding hydraulic fluid to your barber chair (most times you'll find the opening under neath the seat cushion), make sure that the chair is ALL THE WAY TO THE BOTTOM! Otherwise, after you add the fluid, the fluid will shoot out when you put the chair down.

(To make the chair go all the way to the bottom, press the foot pedal and hold it down until the chair goes all the way down and cannot go down any further).

Lee of fantastic guy with lots of great advice and has a shop full of wonderful new and vintage salon equipment at reasonable prices. It's one of my favorite places to shop. :)

Edited at 2009-01-13 05:19 pm (UTC)
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