Sunstroke

June 3, 2009

The sun came and we set to work. After spending large portions of the weekend and early week scraping, angle grinding and drill-brush attachmenting the van, it is now nearly fully down to bare metal. There have been plenty of tricky bits like having to drill out rivets holding on the rear number plate, popping out the letters spelling COMMER at the front and scraping paint residue out of the fluted lower panels.

The paint stripper leaves a brown residue that initially looks like surface rust covering the bare metal, and this has all been removed prior to painting. Rust convertor has been applied to the bare metal in areas that look like developing rust. Overall we are very happy with progress, there are only two large rust patches we have found, which isn’t the end of the world.

The twins are now attempting a spot of late night painting around the window areas, with the intention of refitting the windows at some point tomorow prior to applying the first coats of paint to the whole van. The paint will be thinned with white spirits to aid drying time. The first few coats will be pretty much transparent, with the effect becoming visible by the fifth coat.

Removing the paint

Removing the paint

Paint comes off easily on flat surfaces

Paint comes off easily on flat surfaces

Electric power

Electric power

Drilling to do the detail work

Drilling to do the detail work

Looking less green now, top grille removed

Looking less green now, top grille removed

Getting it coated in rust convertor

Getting it coated in rust convertor

Angle grinder makes short work of clearing up

Angle grinder makes short work of clearing up

Tidying roof

Tidying roof

Grinding far side

Grinding far side

Rear end

Rear end

Drilling out numberplate

Drilling out numberplate

Worth the effort, gleaming detail work

Worth the effort, gleaming detail work

Rust around rear

Rust around rear

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