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Antiques Restoration can be as simple as light cleaning to

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 remove disfiguring dirt or grime, such as on the surface of a painting, or it may include near complete rebuilding or replacement, as might be the case with old automobiles or furniture. Often done in preparation for sale, or by an collector upon acquiring a new piece, the main goal of restoration is to "restore" the original appearance or functionality of a piece. There is a lot of difference between restoring and repairing. You may achieve functionality with a repair, but to restore an item properly is an art-form. Finishes might/may be stripped and redone, but it is essential that the original patination is retained, if possible. Stripping is only done as a last resort, especially with antique furniture. Engines might be rebuilt with new parts as necessary, or holes in a [silver] pot might/may be patched. While some of these practices are frowned on by many museums, scholars, and other experts, for many people there is little value in an antique that is unusable or undisplayable. Bad restoration is the bane of a trained restorer. Working on someone else's bad repair is the worst possible situation.



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Antique Brokers
6105 Orchard Station Rd, Petaluma, CA 415 453-3609

Antique Fair 
6512 Washington St, Yountville, CA
707 944-8440

Bosch Appraisal & Estate
1610 Northstar Dr, Petaluma, CA 707 773-3970

Fraley's Antiques & Accssrs
110 Petaluma Blvd N # A, Petaluma, CA 707 763-4087

Gothic Rose Antiques
119 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, CA 707 778-7888

Military Antiques & Museum
300 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, CA 707 763-2220

Petaluma Collective
300 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, CA 707 765-2920

Remember Yesterday
607 2nd St, Petaluma, CA 707 778-1567

Ren Brown Collection 
1781 N Highway 1, Bodega Bay, CA 707 875-2922

Sean's Antiques
18 Western Ave, Petaluma, CA 707 766-9300

119 Petaluma Blvd N, Petaluma, CA 707 763-6088

White Rose Antiques

523 Petaluma Blvd S, Petaluma, CA 707 763-7371

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Restorers are often trained craft persons, such as furniture makers, mechanics, or metal smiths. Some have years of experience in their fields, others are self-taught volunteers. Many of the antique aircraft around the United States are restored by trained aircraft engineers assisted by volunteers, some of whom are men who flew those same aircraft years ago.

"French Polishing" was the industry standard in Europe during the 18th and 19th centuries, pushed aside by the efficient advantage of modern methods in the industrial revolution. Lacquers and spray systems replaced the original French polish finish, it is unpractical for mass furniture production due to the labor intensive process of application. As the desire for antiques was not idle, neither is the need for them to be appropriately restored. Which in many sense has kept the trade alive by a thread.
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