While I can only work on the Roamer on weekends and holidays, there is quite a lot of stuff I can do off-site in preparation for things that come later. One of those is polishing chrome. It turns out, there’s a lot of chrome bits on these boats.
As we all know, bare chrome that’s left without wax or other maintenance pits and degrades over time. Sloppy varnish work, while unattractive, coats the chrome and protects it for years. Fortunately, the previous owner of our Roamer was very, very sloppy with his varnish work: under it all, the chrome is in pretty good shape. Incidentally, on my Chris Craft Commander 42 the chrome was in brilliant shape, having been protected from the elements by a solid coating of cigarette smoke residue. It was nasty stuff to remove (a product called Awesome finally did the trick), but the chrome was like new underneath!
While most of the interior chrome is polishing up just fine and providing an outstanding workout for the muscles in my fingers, I had to hit a lot of pieces with paint stripper to remove the varnish residue, then polish and wax. But it was worth it.
The mahogany panel to the right of the pic above is one of many of the original cabinet doors we’re refinishing. We’re using Pettit stain and ICA clear coat. For as ratty as the interior was on this boat, it’s coming back to life very nicely!
I’ve had this can forever. I think it came with the 1967 Connie 52 I owned a while back. Great stuff, but apparently it’s no longer made.