have original Yankee Stadium Seats
from the 1973 renovation should I have them restored?
collectors would prefer the seats "as is." If the
seats are a little roughed up in their original state with
normal wear, they would be worth more than seats that were
restored. If this is the case I would leave them alone. If the
seats are ruined from improper storage, and show signs of rust,
or wood rot then you might want to look into having them
restored. Only if the seats are a complete eye sore.
any collectible should be left to the expert that has experience
with that type of work. If you do it yourself, and don't get it
right you will devalue them further.
could involve removing rust, repairing or replacing rotted wood,
and then getting the paint job right. This is very important.
The paint must be matched correctly including the "sea foam
green" as a primer (the original color the seat were at one
time) then painting the seats "Yankee Stadium Blue"
the color the seats have been since 1967. If your seats have any
paint wear you can see the color green that I'm referring to.
Here is a picture of the green layer under the blue. http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f393/KeyMan7/yankeesea.jpg
Do not try to
match the paint from a picture or a computer image. The paint
should be matched from the seat directly by an experienced paint
mixer. Do Not paint over the seat without properly preparing the
surface. All rust should be removed. Damaged wood should be
repaired, and if called for replaced. All of the old paint
surface should be sanded down, and cleaned properly before
applying the Green primer, and Blue Paint. Any shortcuts will compromise
the value of the seat.