Happy as a Sanding Boy

Lots of fun and larks today, as I got down to the varied and interesting past-time that is sanding down rust patches to bare metal and then prepping them for painting with Vactan. What can I tell you, that would fully capture all the excitement and every subtle nuance of this exhilerating task? Well, sometimes my hand went forward, sometimes my hand went backwards and sometimes my hand made various circular movements. Yes, sanding down a rust patch is a bit like having a wank –except it takes a lot longer –and you have a lump of sandpaper in your hand [although the last might also apply to having a wank, if you’re German]. Anyway, here are the before and after pics for your delight and delectation:

This was probably the worst scrunch –over the wheel arch
This was probably the worst scrunch –over the wheel arch
After a lot of elbow-grease. I'm going to leave the crumples and dents, as I believe in wearing your battle scars with pride
After a lot of elbow-grease. I'm going to leave the crumples and dents, as I believe in wearing your battle scars with pride
Mazza lending a hand
Mazza lending a hand
Hey! –that's cheating
Hey! –that's cheating
Painting on the Vactan
Painting on the Vactan

I also tackled the obligatory LT rust patch by the bottom corner of the windscreen. After sanding down, I was a bit alarmed to find that the rust had actually perforated the body panel [which seemed scarily thin] at that point. Although the holes were rather small, I had to count them all. Now I know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall.

Rust bubbling under windscreen. When I started sanding it, I found it was perforated right through
Rust bubbling under windscreen. When I started sanding it, I found it was perforated right through

With darkness falling, I lathered that area in Vactan too and left it with some plastic wedges [OK, clothespegs] and thick cable wedged under the rubber window surround to let a bit of air circulate and encourage things to dry out properly. Also, since I now have to leave it til next weekend’s shift, I covered the area in polythene to keep it from getting rained on.

A good lathering of Vactan to secure it til next weekend
A good lathering of Vactan to secure it til next weekend
...And a 'Manchester Sun Hat' just in case
...And a 'Manchester Sun Hat' just in case