A second interior top coat which I’d decided to apply by roller. I’d made maybe 5 minutes progress starting with the ceiling then planned to work around and then down. At this stage I had the paint roller tray in my left hand, standing on a saw horse with the roller in my right hand looking upwards. The natural poisition of the left hand tends to follow the angle of the rest of the body, so I soon discovered that I’d covered myself with white acrylic!
After an hour’s worth of this, I decided that a brush might be the better option, so ended up again at Bunnies with credit card in hand. I purchased a premium ‘rat tail’ 75mm wide synthetic brush which gave a very satisfactory finish. I’ve now finished the interior as much as I’d wanted to, and yet the artiste inside my head keeps whispering “one more coat”. At this stage, I’ll ignore the inner voice as I’ll miss the whole of next week for meetings.
Before finishing up, I couldn’t help myself but to dry fit one of the window frames.
So, a final sand, air blast, and coat of blue for the exterior, and I’m pretty much done. I put a layer of undercoat on the inside on Cup Day which was miserable wet and cold. I was hoping to have a coat on in the morning and then reapply later in the afternoon (judging by previous external efforts, this was feasable). However, I was defeated by the weather. After I’d gotten back from lunch (and putting on an each way bet for Illo), I’d discovered that the morning’s paint was still quite wet. Nothing to do then but go home as I’d run out of extra other things to do. I’ll contact a signwrite soon and organise those requirements which hopefully shouldn’t take long.
Meanwhile, I’ve taken some sanding, and some arty shots.
Something that I have discovered to be particularly useful in my short lived cabinet making career, is that it is often worth having several things on the go simulataneously. Not so much from the point of view of being a go-go-go freak, but more that there are often down times when you literally need to wait: for paint to dry, for glue to set, for solvents & timbers to cure.
That’s not to say that down time for contemplation purposes is not valuable (which it is), and sometimes down time can be quite convenient so that you can harass your sister-in-law check out what others are up to, take inspiration or give opinion if sought, or just lend a hand where two are not enough.
Anyway, I’m waiting for the first coat of inside to dry so I’ve test dry fitted the glass panes and made a few minor adjustments where the thickness of paint has sent me acropper.
Somewhere in the back of my head, I had considered the options for the TARDIS interior. On the Ecclestone episode “Father’s Day”, the set designers inverted the TARDIS exterior panels to face inwards for the empty insides scene. Two other options are straight black and straight white. As I don’t intend spending much time on the inside, not longer being of an age with an overactive imagination, I decided on straight white.
Which left me with the problem of actually doing it, which had not entered my calculations when I started the exterior painting. So, more preparation, more sanding, more scraping, removal of blue overspray from the outside (and ergo, the persistant new though that whire overspray from the inside is going to be inevitable), and generally more sanding.
There’s lots of fiddly bits on the inside because it’s not the beauty aspect, so a few corners and construction details I’d left raw (such as screw holes, dings and scrapes, and various timber fitting repairs where the odd shim was required).
My issue now is that time (sigh) is quite pressing on me for the project to be completed by semester’s end, so I’m going to be a bit expedient with the inside.
Well, the excitement builds as some blue goes on. Carefully selected by Anna, there are so many shades of blue the TARDIS has been over its time on tele. from a dirty sort in the old black & white ones to a dull dark one in the 70s to the moody mid 200os one to the in-your-face bright blue one at present.
We’ve gone for a colorbond blue which is sort of a grey-blue but it depends on the light that your looking at it with, of course.
After much spraying of udnercoat, I started to come to grips with the variability of a sprayed finish based on the weather (temperature & humidity), the diltuion of acrylic used (I diluted by about 15%), the pressure on the trigger applied, and the rate of spray itself. Yeesh. Still, I am progressively happier with the finish achieved.
I had some leftover so decided to give the window frames another going over.
Well, I can see why painters go barmy now. There is so much preparation involved that even with the decision to go with a spray application, the time involved in sanding, and preparing, and sanding (in between coats), and preparing, and sanding makes one go “aaarrrggghhh!!!”
It’s not so much the flat bits, but now that I’m working so intimately on each bit, I have discovered that there are so many detailed fiddly bits. Still, I went with a Wagner branded airless spray gun from Bunnies Warehouse. The first was a W450 at $200 which worked for about 20 minutes then died. During the its meagrely short life, it spattered and splatted unsatisfactorily leaving big and small blobs alike all over the place.
After its demise, I exchanged it with the good people of Bunnies for the $80 less W560. Whereas the W450 has a piston type mechanism, the W560 has a small hair drier type power unit to pressurise and propel the paint. I struggled for a while but then discovered that unlike the W450, the W560 has no inlet valve strainer, so chunks of paint bristles, chipboard, dried acrylic and other assorted floaties had made their way into and blocked the nozzle.
A quick clean, some fresh paint and we were underway again. I must say that, having seen the TARDIS in raw timber for so long, a coat of paint drastically changes the appearance of the construction.
We shifted the TARDIS on its new wheely base into position for sanding, compressed air cleaning & painting. Much preparation. There’s only about 5mm clearance between the base kickboards & the wheels touching the ground, so uneven surfaces really show up.
Painting was never my forte. I have neither the patience nor the technique, so it was with some horror that I faced 8 windows & 1 hatch panel with the prospect of 2 layers of undercoat and 3 layers of topcoat!