Monday, 8 April 2013
Mirror mirror on the wall
Most of Sunday was spent at the sailing club helping with the spring clean and attaching new galvanised ladders to the pier. It was bitingly cold but that was fended off with Nigel's ballistically hot Chilli and rice... Thanks Nigel, it was just the job.
I was home by 4:30 and still in my scruffs so I thought I'd spend an hour or two on the mirror dinghy. I had previously started to DA the paint back but had decided that it really all needs to come off. I set it up on boxes to help with working height then set about it with some paint stripper.
After a few minutes the paint started to blister up quite nicely, I thought this might turn out to be an easy job.
Not so, it was quite sporadic where it wanted to work and where it didn't. I left it for an hour to soak in (recommends 20 mins on the tin) but it didn't really make any difference. I scraped off the best I could then tried sanding, too slow as I'd run out of 80 grit pads, and scraping with a heat gun; really need a narrower scraper than my wall paper scraper. As neither was really effective I tidied up again and will reconvene when I have some more paint stripper, coarse pads and a better scraper. Watch this space for progress but don't hold your breath :)