Restoration diary / 19-03-2006

19-03-2006 >> Started preparing the car/garage for sandblasting and painting

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19-03-2006 - It happened kind of unexpected. Wondering what I should do I started sanding the roof. Over the weekend I also did the left and the right side of the car. Then I took out the sand-blaster, hooked it up to the compressor and started sand-blasting some hard-to-reach-with-the-sander spots. Just to see if it worked. It went pretty well (although I should have used the bigger compressor), but it became a huge mess. The sand-blasting material was all over the place and it was next to impossible to clean in and under the car, with all the parts in/on it. I think at around 17:00 I realized the car should have been taken apart first. At 20:00 I was ready and the Van was back on the "spit". Even the last screw removed from the car...

The next step was to put plastic on the walls to, first, protect the walls and my tools from the dust and second, to keep dust away when I'm going to paint the car. The gives a nice white environment. I also bought a matching white painting overall, I'm a surgeon ready to operate the patient.

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19-03-2006 - A look at the side of the car. The darker spots are sand-blasted. Sanding leaves a nicer, flat finish, but sand-blasting gets the spots you don't reach with the sander.
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19-03-2006 - The roof, really nice! :-)
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19-03-2006 - Sanded two stripes and a bit in between the stripes. The final result will be very nice, but the amount of work will be huge!
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19-03-2006 - And gone are the plastic walls! I case you didn't notice, the plastic is rolled up and tied together with rope.
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19-03-2006 - This is the door and glass wall at the back of the garage. A while ago I bought a fan (bottom-left of the photo), previously used to provide fresh air in big buildings. This beast can move massive amounts of air and I'll use it to move dirty, dusty air out of the garage. The fan together with the wooden plate can be removed to close the door.
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19-03-2006 - Recently I was asked (read: ordered :) to remove an old and ugly cup holder from our bathroom. In my garage it started a useful second life as a drill holder.
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19-03-2006 - The beauty of the "spit": The Van turned upside down to inspect the bottom for the last time.