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Cleaning Dusty Rigging


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Hello,

Does anyone have a good technique for cleaning rigging that has sat collecting dust for many years?  I am working on a restoration of the Model Shipways Kate Cory and need to clean her up a bit.  Looking for advice on how to clean without destroying the rigging.  Any advice or direction to an existing post would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Mark

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Use progressively smaller brushes to remove the loose dust cobwebs etc. then vacuum with an empty biro tube pushed  through a piece of card and placed over the vacuum hose. The narrow suction can be more focused into crevices without tearing off fixtures and fittings.

 

Finally, I spray the rigging with matt varnish which turns the remaining dust particles on the rigging transparent and completely transforms the whole thing.

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Hi Mark, for the strong of heart and steady of hand, try a small blow torch.  This is obviously dangerous to the rigging but it has seveal advantages-it removes dust AND fuzz, and is fast.  Don't use this on lanyards or tiny lines such as flag hoists.  Do practice off model.  Keep the torch moving at all times and keep the flame a few inches away. 

Yes, I have had to replace a few lines. 

I will have to try Overdale's matt varnish spray idea.

Good luck and keep modelling.

Duffer

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Thanks everyone for the great ideas!  I am working on a cleaning and restoration of the Model Shipways Kate Cory.  The ship was built in the late 70's or early 80's so the rigging is pretty fragile.  Given the variety of techniques suggested, I should be able to use one or all in getting her cleaned up!  My main concern was not to make matters worse.  The rigging seems to be in pretty good shape overall, just a bit dusty.  

Thanks again,

Mark

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Good advice there, guys, thank you...  :dancetl6:

 

Just to ask, I know that my Titanic is still relatively new (as per the pix in my sig) but obviously, she'll almost certainly be exposed to dust and the elements, since I did not place her in a glass case. In this case, what is the best way to clean her up, when the time comes? I'm particularly worried about Titanic's metal propellers, which can lose their shine if exposed to the dusty environment too long!  :)

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Hi Mark, for the strong of heart and steady of hand, try a small blow torch.  This is obviously dangerous to the rigging but it has seveal advantages-it removes dust AND fuzz, and is fast.  Don't use this on lanyards or tiny lines such as flag hoists.  Do practice off model.  Keep the torch moving at all times and keep the flame a few inches away. 

Yes, I have had to replace a few lines. 

I will have to try Overdale's matt varnish spray idea.

Good luck and keep modelling.

Duffer

Also make sure the line was not treated with beeswax if you are going to use a torch.
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