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#183383 Let's Paint!

Posted Thorondor on 27 September 2020 - 04:25 PM

Consider Spring chicken over here slapped over the head for the silly greenhouse occupancy question. Posted Image

Liked your improv workaround for handling the priming of the windowsill replacement bit - sure did the trick. Almost looks like a diorama with the surrounding debris given your framing even. Posted Image

You've got things moving along at a nice clip. Time to kick into gear and 'smoke' that final third of the West side. Go, Zombie! Posted Image

#183234 Zombie's Ultimate X-COM Collection

Posted Space Voyager on 21 September 2020 - 06:22 AM

HA, who would have though such promo items exist! So, you can decorate the headset with the sign from the game you love most?

Nice catch!

#183327 Bargain!

Posted Thorondor on 24 September 2020 - 03:21 PM

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#183311 Let's Paint!

Posted Thorondor on 24 September 2020 - 09:14 AM

Talk about getting it flush, Zombie. :)

Now, while it is pretty much perfect lenght-wise, it does seem somewhat thicker than the windowsill to the left of it. But that could just be the close-up effect of the pic bloating the significance of the difference.

Regardless, there's bound to be a whole lotta fillin' goin' on around there before long. ;)

I see the South side isn't exactly cracking you up. :P It really didn't seem as bad as your scraping has now made bare. The crevaces are real, yet with a tad of loving care caulk will all seal!

#183281 Let's Paint!

Posted Thorondor on 23 September 2020 - 08:32 AM

Talk about patchwork, Zombie. :P

It must have taken a little doing from you indeed in the garage as that bottom part of the puzzle is not exactly level with the wall.

And that West side story continues to have much to tell. You're two-thirds of the way there by the looks of it though and the window bit is the most demanding of your special brand of reconstructive surgery there.

Caulk callisthenics for the win! :D

p.s.: I expect all went wall with your father's procedure. Be safe!

#183068 Let's Paint!

Posted Space Voyager on 14 September 2020 - 10:21 AM

View PostZombie, on 13 September 2020 - 05:29 AM, said:

It's far easier to fix a runny mix by adding dry powder than it is to fix a dry mix by adding small quantities of water. You'll almost always overshoot, I guarantee it. That's my pro tip. Posted Image

- Zombie
I agree completely, though I always try to add just the right amount of water. And end up at both sides - either not enough or too much...

I never worked with plaster of paris though. Googled it and it is not your ordinary plaster. Interesting.

#183055 Let's Paint!

Posted Thorondor on 12 September 2020 - 02:11 PM

More presentable indeed, Zombie, it's nice to see a fresh dash of colour on the front of the house! :)

Looking at the East side windows in your last pic, with the new coat on, one can even see the wood grain, which is pleasant, but what I'd argue is less so, is that on the upper part of the red frame of the window closest to us - the wood surface seems a bit "rocky" ?

Maybe it's just the fact the painting is so recent that its reflectiveness makes it sort of jump at you. :P

Staying tuned for the results of playing with putty! ;)

#182987 Let's Paint!

Posted Space Voyager on 10 September 2020 - 01:38 PM

View PostThorondor, on 04 September 2020 - 08:45 AM, said:

You do have a global audience, Zombie, so it's nice of you to so consider your devout following - going the extra mile to deliver! Posted Image

He he he, that's putting on extra pressure! Z, stay safe!

Looking good so far.

#182974 Let's Paint!

Posted Thorondor on 10 September 2020 - 08:42 AM

I too had noticed from your previous pics that rust on the base of the cooler was coming to get you, Zombie. ;)

I expect it slowly crept in at first, but now it's clearly done with being coy. :P

Aluminum is certainly easier to bend to your will and you won't then have to worry about rust anymore, but if there are going to be things that go bumping into it on a fairly regular basis it'll get "bruised" easily.

And, of course, I'm not at all surprised to find that the Fastest Brush In The Midwest dispatched two more table tops while we blinked. :happy:

#182897 Let's Paint!

Posted Thorondor on 05 September 2020 - 02:02 PM

The decay is real on that windowsill, Zombie, and still you seem pretty unphased by it. Posted Image

I suppose having seen to that once before you know how to take care of it. But the degradation doesn't seem confined to the lower right - further inward on the top side there's some indication of more weathering you may want to probe.

Those multiple passes you've committed to on the South side gutters sure made a difference already.

On a sidenote, I don't know if it's just the perspective of the pics and all, but those surrounding trees seem to be pretty close and high as they are I expect there's no avoiding leaves (and whatever else is carried in the wind) coming to rest on the roof, which is my roundabout way of saying there's no preventing organic material layering with time, which in turn favours concentrating moisture.

Something for the next owner of the house to worry about mostly. Posted Image

Coming up: we find out how deep you like your reds to be featured in real estate agency advert snaps. Posted Image

#182873 Let's Paint!

Posted Thorondor on 04 September 2020 - 08:45 AM

You do have a global audience, Zombie, so it's nice of you to so consider your devout following - going the extra mile to deliver! :happy:

Man, how is it even possible to savage the back cooler floor like that? Those scrapes went like several layers deep. It's just as if only yesterday you had piled coat upon coat on it, making sure it was evenly and lavishly covered.

Oh, well, it's all par for the course I guess. It's touched up for now but this, good Sir, with use so foul, further needs protective layering from thou. ;)

#182847 Let's Paint!

Posted Thorondor on 03 September 2020 - 09:00 AM

Hugging the walls is a term getting to have a whole new slant for you again, Zombie. :P

It's going to get tough before it really gets going in the West. And speaking of the capstone area, there seems to be a noticeable gap between a couple of the stones right underneath the window. Don't know if it would be worth filling that in but I guess it depends what will end up standing out more - the gap or filling.

As for the South side, that "little roof" overhang is looking quite weathered to me. I can't be sure but it seems something is growing on it even. Possibly more Lichen Fun & Co. for you to de-gunk. ;)

#182820 Let's Paint!

Posted Space Voyager on 02 September 2020 - 06:41 AM

Ha, the perpetrator finally reveals himself, at least as a reflection in the window. It will have to do for now. :D

It seems as though you've come across some serious extremophile, living in a can of paint?! Powersuit really is in order... A chemical reaction of a sort seems more likely though, I can't imagine any living creature thriving in any of the regular paint solvents - unless the colour is water based, naturally.

So... belt sander yet? This west wall's paint is really falling apart. Is at least the wood in good enough condition? Otherwise, if I've learned anything from this thread, a coat of polyurethane makes any wood look shiny! ;)

#182453 Let's Paint!

Posted Thorondor on 20 August 2020 - 10:48 AM

You'll just have to pardon me this one time, Zombie, but your very respectable progress prepping the East and South sides for full priming just took a backseat to a somewhat distracting feature in the last snap you took.

Is it normal (or even efficient) to make a downspout snake / turn in a 90 degree angle relative to where it starts like that? :P

I mean it would make more sense to me to just have it stick to descending flush with one wall, thus saving on pipe bends and making for more direct drainage flow even...

#182419 Let's Paint!

Posted Thorondor on 19 August 2020 - 09:05 AM

Much better lighting on the pics of the insignia this time, Zombie, further make it striking. :)

One can see some imperfections (abrasion/cratering in the metal), but that's like a charming hint of patina after all your fine restoration work.

As for that full peeling treatment on the East side wall, I can imagine it gave you a fair bit of a workout having to go high every so often.

Now, regarding that window, do tell, Mr. Freehand ;), what is that semicircular brown mark on the upper right pane?