1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Interior Hardware (Chrome!)

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.

This is about 1/3 of the pile

This is about 1/3 of the pile

sloppy varnish work has value

sloppy varnish work has value

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!

As-found vs a light polish

As-found vs a light polish

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.

Shiney!

Shiny!

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!

The magical polishing goo...now obsolete Collinite's #810 Chrome Wax

The magical polishing goo…now obsolete Collinite’s #810 Chrome Wax

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.

Next up on our 1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: The Windshield Frame Saga Continues

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4 comments on “1969 Chris Craft Roamer 46 Refit: Interior Hardware (Chrome!)

  1. Tom Long says:

    Collinite 850 Metal Wax will work just as good. I use it on really nasty chrome, brass and bronze and it will make it shine-shine-shine. Leaves a good protective finish as well. I’ll think you would like it.

  2. John Casteel says:

    Beautiful. Can’t wait for the splash and to see this ship back in all her glory.

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