Bernie Stien and Rena Stien began Reglor of California in 1947. Reglor is the combination of the names Rena and her cousin Gloria. Credit for the design inspirations is to be shared with Oscar Vega, a production assistant. Regular lamps were frequently produced as a male and female pair.The distinctive shades of Reglor lamps were also made in house. Production stopped in 1975 when the Reglor factory in Montebello, California burned down.
REGLOR TROPICAL LAMPS
Mel and I picked these up some time ago. I was hesitant to buy them because the paint was peeling pretty well on the male dancer. I have seen this condition issue before on chalkware lamps, and it had turned me off from purchasing them in the past. I think this happens from the lamp getting wet and the chalk underneath wicking up the water thus causing the paint to lose grip and peel off.
This restoration will be more difficult than the others because it is going to take more to cover up and level up the surfaces.
This is what the damage looks like. The paint bubbles up from the surface. There are numerous spots on the male lamp and a few on the female lamp.
To help break loose the bubbling paint I used a safety pin to get under the paint and break it off.
The next step was to apply the spackle on the edges where the paint loss was and let it dry.
Once dry I blended the edges into the surrounding area to level out the surface.
I choose seafoam green paint for the main body of the lamps and stuck with the brown color for the exposed body parts.
These are the last of the tropical lamps that needed to be restored.
These will look great in the Tiki Room! On to the next restoration!