Life at the end of the road

May 27, 2009

Against all odds

Filed under: daily doings, Land Rover — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 4:58 am

On the whole it was a pretty good day yesterday, in fact had I not been trying to paint my Land Rover it would have been a topper of a day for gardening, which is what wifey was doing. The good strong and mainly dry westerly wind being of sufficient force to ensure a ‘midge free’ day! Yes the wee devils are well and truly out :-), they’ve been out for over a week but I’ve not really been out on the croft enough to suffer them yet.

More painting

I seem to spend my whole life painting things, these days, the last thing I did at work before my ‘rest week’ was paint the fire main and some of the bulkheads. Then before being confined to my bed for a week I was up on the roof painting both it and the gable ends and now at the official start of my three week holiday I’m painting the Land Rover. The problem is I’m doing most of it outside so it’s a little weather dependant to say the least so a close eye has to be kept on the forecast. One of the advantages of driving an old slab sided truck being that you can take several years off it with a tin of paint and a 4″ roller and once it’s covered in mud it will look like a proffesional ‘spray job’ 🙂 so after my usual morning session on the laptop and fueled with a pot of coffee I went out in the morning sunshine to feed the herd of pigs and flock of sheep. The sheep don’t actually need feeding and get very little, it’s just that it makes them easier to catch if they’re in a routine of following a bucket twice a day. This may sound far more expensive than a sheep dog but these are no ordinary ‘wooly’ and after spending two months chasing them around the south end of Raasay last winter I’m not letting them off the croft and on to the hill untill both they and their lambs are well and truly Arnishized 🙂

11 boars and 1 gilt!

11 boars and 1 gilt!

The three different litters all now seem to be getting on just fine despite 11 of them being boys, fortunately the one poor little girl is large enough to look after herself and will be going away shortly 😦

wheel arch off

wheel arch off

Even though I’m painting the ‘Old girl’ with a roller and brush I’m still taking off all the handles, lights, bumpers and wheel arches rather than masking them up. I know I’m a bit of a girl when it comes to my Land Rover but I wanted to get right down to the bare aluminium in a few places and this is the only way to do it.

International 'Toplac' and 'Prekote'

International 'Toplac' and 'Prekote'

Having painted many boats or should I say a couple of boats many times I’ve come to the conclusion that if it can stay on a boat and look good then it can certainly stay on a Land Rover and look just as good. That’s why I use International paints on the ‘old girl’ and follow their plan for painting aluminium hulls. If I had a shed I would use their ‘Perfection 709’ two pack which gives a much more durable finish but does require better conditions to cure properly, so for now I’m using ‘Toplac’ their premium single pack enamal. Firstly and most importantly a coat of their two two part ‘etch primer’ is applied to all the bare aluminium surfaces exposed during preparation, then a coat of ‘Prekote’ white under coat and then at least two coats of the final gloss, one with a mohair roller, then a light rub with 600 grade ‘wet and dry’ follwed by the last coat which I put on with a foam roller.

Doors in barn

Doors in barn

Though as the doors are nice and flat in the barn they’ve been getting extra coats 🙂 That was about it really, I managed to get the front end ‘Prekoted’ before some unforecast rain arrived and by some miracle the wind was strong enough to keep the bugs away yet light enough not to deposite too many pine needles on my efforts. I had hoped to get a coat of gloss on but erred on the side of caution, which was just as well because the early evening was plagued with frequent and heavy showers.

shower number 1

shower number 1

Shower number 2

Shower number 2

So after feeding everyone after the second shower I gave up when the third arrived and went in for dinner!

Shower number 3!

Shower number 3!

And now it’s 6:00am on Wednesday, the wind is blowing and the rain pouring so I’m going to go and put another coat on my doors before heading over to Carbost on Skye for the school sports day.

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