Usually I create my paintings of people and pets in my comfortable, air-conditioned studio. I have a frig for snacks and drinks, easels to support my work, a sink for rinsing brushes, music, lots of space...even a beautiful cat named Pablo PiCATso for company. There is no wind and no bugs.
But I don't care about all that cushy comfort, because I have an exciting new project in the works!!!
The project is...
PAINTING A MURAL ON THE SIDE OF A HORSE TRAILER!
How did this come about? My neighbor, Betty, asked me if I would paint her three horses on her trailer. There is way more to the story, of course, because don't all stories contain elements of serendipity and surprise and coincidence and convolution? But for now, that's all you need to know.
Betty's husband, Don, did all the tedious prep sanding. He took the old finish off right down to the bare aluminum. I did a final sanding with very fine grit paper and a vibratory sander. Thank goodness for the Ryobi cordless system.
For the last many weeks, knowing this project was coming up, I have been researching automotive paint finishes and it has opened up a whole new world to me. I have learned so much by hanging out on custom motorcycle websites with airbrush and pinstriping artists with names like "CrossEye" and "Crash". I feel confident I could walk into any one of those "pimp my ride" places and speak knowledgeably about clear-coat and surface prep and K2 urethane drop coats. I have learned to appreciate decorative auto graphics and I understand the appeal of skulls and flames...and even flaming skulls. Eventually I will need my own nickname. "Bootsy" has been suggested.
First, I am going to wash the area to be painted with a special automotive grease and wax remover, then wash that away with clear water and buff it dry. Next I will carefully mask off the part of the trailer I will not be painting (that's MOST of the trailer, thank goodness).
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All the best, Jandi