The Restoration Process

a personal recommendation

     I mostly wash antiques with mild ivory soap to remove the many years of dirt. These boats were largely made during the 20's, 30's, 40's and 50's. They are now appearing from attics, garages and basements and can be filthy dirty. Furniture in that day was mostly finished with a shellac based product, and so it is with the Seaworthy Jacrim Keystone products. These may be cleaned with denatured alcohol. Take a clean rag wet with alcohol and wipe down the boat. This will remove the surface layer of dirt and a small amount of finish. Be careful as hard wiping will remove the original finish totally.

 

     My preference is for as little restoration as possible, retaining as much of the ordinal paint and finish as possible. Repainting only as a last resort. Remember refinished antiques are usually worth less.

     I don't think this applies to sails as the cloth deteriorates. New sails could be aged in tea. Chester Rimmer used the cheapest string available for lines, so those may be replaced without decreasing the value.

Before Restoration:
After Restoration:
Boat Restoration