After his initial analysis of the globe, McClintock's first reaction was to continue the stabilization process by making relatively minor repairs. But following several lengthy discussions with Mount Vernon's collections staff, the decision was made to go forward with a far more extensive conservation. If successful, Washington's globe would look much more like it did when it first arrived in New York City in 1790.
To those unfamiliar with the advanced conservation techniques used by McClintock, the process was a bit unnerving. Using steam, he removed the entire paper surface from the sphere, placing sections of the map side by side on a large table. Wielding a small scalpel and a microscope, McClintock carefully cleaned and stabilized each section.
Meanwhile, the sphere was reshaped and repaired before being covered with Japanese paper applied with a wheat starch paste.
Although McClintock left some of the original inconsistencies in the globe "as is," he used watercolors to revive some of the pigments that defined different nations. Minor repairs were also made to the meridian ring and the mahogany stand.