Make no mistake, paint is out to get you. All week the weather has been pretty cold, making the paint slow to dry. So on Saturday I came to the final colour, the Hempel(formerly Blakes) Bordeaux Red. This is good quality coach paint and as you might expect, free flowing even if it does cover fairly well. So Saturday, out comes the sun, warming up our conservatory so that the paint turns the consistency of semi skimmed milk ready to seep beneath even the best of masking takes on a wooden surface. That’s the problem you see, the better paint flows, the more it seeps. You can’t win against the flippin’ stuff.
Undaunted I pressed on. One coat Saturday and one Sunday. Nervously I pull off the masking to reveal this.
Baaah! Similar damage on all four planks. Well I had sort of expected it. Sometimes the red had bled over the white as you see above , and sometimes it was on the cream.
I take a deep breath and get out the tiny artists brush. Best get on with the touching up rather than weep and wail.
Now this goes to show why it’s worth keeping your cool and soldiering on. In well under an hour I had got all four planks looking like this.
That’ll do nicely. It just demonstrates that no matter how incompetent you are and no matter how inconsiderate your paint can be, you can get an acceptable result, so don’t let my tales of troubles put you off.
That just leaves the probable debacle of the assembly of the box next weekend. Hopefully the paint will have hardened off quite a bit by then.
Just after I had finished, we had a visitor in the garden. I suppose he or she might have looked at my painting efforts before giving his /her opinion thus:
Sorry for the poor photo quality, it was taken through two sets of double glazing and their associated reflections.
I leave that corner of the garden as a wildlife area, so perhaps I should be pleased, but I had never envisaged it as a fox latrine!