Man [And Woman] of Letters

Today, when I got home from my half day at work the sun was shining and the ground was dry [although still bitterly cold after the snows of the last couple of days] So me and Marie went oot to start the tedious task of removing all the vinyl lettering from the side of Herman.

The task was indeed onerous. In fact, far more onerous than we’d expected. With one of us working with a hairdryer and the other a blowtorch [not held too close!] we managed to remove two or three of the big letters and a handful of small ones in about half an hour. The vinyl stuff the lettering is made from tears, cracks, crumbles, stretches and generally does anything it can to resist coming off the side of the van without a fight. So, with hands numb with the cold and a whole side and the panel above the backdoors to do, it was looking like it would take us at least a day or two to get it all off.

Took us feckin' ages to get this much done!
Took us feckin' ages to get this much done!

Sod it! I thought and said to Marie that we might as well just go to crappy B&Q and buy one of those hot air paint stripper guns to make the job easier. So off we went and bought the cheapest one they had; £19,99 and with the same spec as the £50 Bosch one, apart from lacking a 50º setting, which it seems to me you’d only need if you were trying to dry your hair with it! We also nipped into the equally crappy Halfords on the way home, where I picked up a 24mm socket for the steering wheel nut. When we got back we resumed our attack on the accursed lettering once again.

Me, brandishing the heat gun
Me, brandishing the heat gun
Marie brandishing the heat gun
Marie brandishing the heat gun

The heat gun made all the difference and we got tore into the signwriting on the van with a vengeance and had all the side done in about an hour. At this point Marie went indoors to start making the dinner while I got up on a chair and made short work of the lettering across the tops of the backdoors. That only took me about another half hour or so.

All nakeded up and ready for sanding
All nakeded up and ready for sanding

Mañana if the rain gods spare us again we can start another tedious job; that of sanding Herman down, ready to start painting.