I’m still not confident in safely working on my saws.
So I’ve been staying away from the usual sources of “new project material”— trying not to torture myself.
I did venture into my very favorite ReStore right before Christmas, and
look what I found!
At first I just took notice and breezed by, BUT THEN, I hit the brakes and backed up. The WHOLE doesn’t do anything for me, but as PARTS…hmmmm?!
I’ve been spending quality time in my studio cleaning up and REorganizing— ’cause that’s about all I can do still. But I’m restless and decided to test the waters. I fired up the compressor and metal grinder to see about taking this guy apart. Very awkward right handed trying NOT to bump the finger—only marginally less awkward left handed but,
I was determined to do SOMETHING!
The spot welds were done VERY WELL, but patience won out! After grinding down the leftover rough welds, I primed each square with Kilz. But then I remembered a technique I haven’t employed in a long time.
◊ I REsprayed each tile, one at a time, heavy handedly with the Kilz. I let the paint have just a few minutes to firm up. *Can be done by brush too.
◊ I attached the air gun to the compressor and played around “destroying” the paint with harsh blasts of air -creating texture.
The effect can get even better when the paint is only given enough time to set up before attacking with a hand sander. You can achieve much more of a chipped up, layers of old paint, alligator’d look—depending on the firmness and thickness of the paint!
*I’ve only ever done this technique with Latex paints.
*And remember, only while the paint is just “set up,” not cured.
(*Set Up = “dry” to the touch, but you can still smudge it.)
But alas, I -HAD TO- head back to the house to watch the season premier of DOWNTON ABBEY, you understand, right? So my paint had overnight to cure~unfortunately.
Below, a picture of my air-blown, “wrecked” paint (now settled down & dry).
See the pointing hand below? If I would have sanded areas like this down while the paint was only “set up,” it would have come out more alligator‘d instead of what you see in the picture after. But it’s nice too!
~I may STILL get more aggressive sanding areas like that on the bigger tin tiles. What the heck! Maybe I’ll try over-spraying, blowing, then sanding a 2nd time! Maybe I’ll dry brush another top color, maybe I’ll just wax…??
The last two big tiles were primed with Kilz, lightly sanded, and waxed with a medium-dark wax. I’ll be selling those and the four smaller tins. I’m keeping two of the big ones for myself and gifting one away.
Below is one of the smaller tin tiles—they’re not totally finished.
keep watching to see what else I’m planning to do to [all] of them! Hopefully!
*All the images are raised, however, sometimes they look recessed~optical illusion at play!