Paint me white before you go go

June 10, 2009

A week on and work has continued at a reasonable pace. Starting with a giant thick layer of white paint around the side window frame area, the Commer is gradually adopting a fresh layer of white paint.

Applyed in thin coats of paint/white spirits, we quickly put a couple of layers on just in time to protect the metal from the elements and further rust developing. Rain has come back to slow us but we did manage to get a third layer on yesterday as we all had the day spare. The doors have all come off so we can get to all the hard to reach areas, and are presently stored in the van awaiting their own painting sessions.

This left some large holes to cover in between coats of paint. We tried taping bin liners over the door cavities, but this tended to peel paint upon removal. We finally struck upon the idea of using giant wheely bin liners secured with clothes pegs around the gutters to waterproof the van during breaks – nice idea Andrew. Check out below for some pictorial evidence…

A thick layer around the windows

A thick layer around the windows

Andrew (pictured) and me get the first coat on

Andrew (pictured) and me get the first coat on

Birds eye view

Birds eye view

Twins starting another coat

Twins starting another coat

Stig taking care to avoid bubbles and drips

Stig taking care to avoid bubbles and drips

This side slowly shaping up

This side slowly shaping up

The way I see it, it's basically a tall Porsche

The way I see it, it's basically a tall Porsche

So, when the sun gets its hat back on, we plan to experiment further with the paint to white sprit ratio and keep on slapping on coats. Only the top half is going to be painted for now as we shall return to paint the lower half orange later on.

As it is now, getting rained on!

As it is now, getting rained on!

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