Progress today was slow but eventful. I mainly only have time in the morning during the boys morning nap to work on anything but luckily he decided on a long one today.
Everything started out last night when I soaked the deck in some spray on CitriStrip in a tub.
If you have never used this stuff before it rocks! Spray it on and let it do it’s thing overnight.. scrub with a wire brush and rinse.. Boom! Rust and paint free!
HOWEVER.. after the rinse you need to work fast to dry it off or you do get flash rusting pretty quick. Not a big deal as it comes off pretty easily but we are trying to get the rust off not add more so be careful. I also didn’t want to use any oil to prevent the flash rust as I need to paint this next and oily surface + paint don’t usually make for a good end result.
Once it was rinsed and clean I got my tools of torture out and carefully but thoroughly scrubbed the entire piece with a brass wheel in my grinder then a fine steel brush to get in some hard to get to spots. You can’t get to everything with these but they knock out the bulk of the surface.
After that was all done I went at it with a green scrubby/wire brush/abrasive bottle brushes and Q-Tips to get the rest of the spots that nothing else would reach.. whatever works lol.
Now I needed to make sure the surface was free of oils and detergents before it is painted.. and this step will also take care of any left over flash rusting that you may have missed. I always wipe down metal surfaces with Naphtha before paint.
And here is where we ended today.
Next step is to mask off the areas that don’t see any paint and get the rest of the parts out of their baths and cleaned up. I am waiting till everything that gets paint is ready and they will all get done at the same time.
Hopefully I’ll have more to show for myself tomorrow… maybe if the boy says it’s ok lol.
-- Eric - http://theidiotgaloot.com