Friday, August 29, 2008

Maintaining Señorita Tioga's paint job.
Señorita Tioga's fiberglass and paint jobs began on February 13, 2007 in the City of Constitucion in Baja California. You may read about all of that by clicking [here].

Since that time, the paint job has gotten many dings. We have a small quantity of each color of paint for repairs. However, the solvents in the paint have evaporated leaving behind a thick gooey mass. A few days ago some paint thinner was bought in order to try to restore the paint to usefulness. Today we want to try to use this restored paint to see how it works.

10AM - Paint must be very thin.
I'd forgotten how very thin the painter made the paint before spraying. When I tried to brush on my restored paint, it was much too thick! Small mixing containers will have to be used in order to properly prepare the paint.

This first trial turned out to be a learning experience, rather than a success!

12 Noon - A walk around town.
A man painting curbs told me that the reason so much clean up is going on around The Plaza, is for Mexico's Independence Day which is celebrated on September 16th. On that day in 1810, Father Hidalgo shouted "The Grito" declaring Mexico free from Spain.

Just up the street from The Plaza is the tiny outdoor restaurant that I told you about yesterday. I went up there and lunch today!
Painting curbs for the fiesta.

Tiny outdoor restaurant.

3PM - Repainted bumper.

After thinning the paint maybe 10 to 1, the bumper was painted. The thinned out paint went on easily and covered very well too.

The bumper now looks great. Now the paint may be maintained using the original colors!
Bumper painted!


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