Keeping up to scratch

The point has come when the rust is breaking through all over the roof and whatever job I do it will not look much worse than if I leave it. So now is the time to have a go.

There is loads of advice out there and about as many combinations of the “ideal” tool for stripping paint as there are tool companies.

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Of course they all need power and create dust so first off I moved the boat under the M25 to be away from other boats yet in the dry. I also took down my generator, which I can hardly lift.

So what progress is there after 2 days? What have I learnt?

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The M25 is noisy to work and sleep under. The M25 bridge is having its own makeover with sand blasters going all day.

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The sanders, electric cup brushes, grinders, multitools all make loads of noise, dust and sparks, but take ages to cut through the hard gloss finish.

A thirty year old chisel and upper body effort does the job in the same time, that is slowly, and makes less mess.

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So after 2 days over half of the roof is stripped, one third is rust treated and a quarter has primer on it. A few days to go yet before I get to painting it. But what colour, that is a question for another day.

 

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