July 15, 2009

Get stripping..

I want to keep things moving along even if I can only do a little bit every day so today I wanted to make a start on stripping areas of paint off the inside of the pod where I want to do repairs and add a bit of strengthening. The eco-friendly paint stripper that I’m using turned out to be a a white gel that looks a lot like wallpaper paste. I put the pod on my lawn and set to brushing the stripper onto the areas I want to clear and after leaving it for half an hour or so – ie not that long – gave it a go with a paint scraper. I was actually quite surprised to find that a great deal of the paint had been attacked and was coming off so then I gave it a go with a piece of wire wool.

Then I moved the pod to where I could give it a wash off and hose down and was pleased to see that in the area of lawn where I’d done the job, a quick hosing removed all traces of the stripper and paint. The following pictures show how well the stripper worked.

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They show that the method does work quite well. Obviously I’ll need to apply another application and although I have to be very careful about adding weight, I’ll probably expand and join up some of the areas. It’s not late as I type this so I’ll maybe have a quick bite and then give it another go.