Even as I lay on my sick bed my associates carried on worrying for me (although not necessarily about me) concerning all that needs to be done before we repaint Herbie in four and a half week's time. An email from Rick reminds me that we want to replace the turnbutton thingies that attach the cratch and rear tonneau covers to the roof. I suppose years ago I might have spent a lot of time and petrol in looking for such things. Now thanks to Mr Berners-Lee OM, KBE, FRS, FREng, FRSA 's interweb, things are easy to obtain.
Other things which proved impossible to buy locally, and believe me I tried everywhere, were these Clean and Strip discs. They weren't even all that easy to find on the webThey fit on an angle grinder and are supposed to be brilliant at getting off old paint and rust without scoring the metal surface. I don't know if they last five minutes or five hours, but I've bought four. The main area where they will be used is inside the aft deck sides which , unlike the rest of the boat, has too many little chips and scrapes to make treating individual rust spots and blemishes feasible.Excuse the poor photo quality:- I hope these discs will be flexible enough to cope with the gently concave surfaces at the sides. Has anyone out there used them??
I hope to feel recovered enough to nip out to Herbie and give the discs a try later this week. Meanwhile I need to get a couple of coats of varnish on the cratch table - an easy job.