OK. This is getting old. Three times in less than 10 days.
Sunday morning, 12:30 am finds me back in the community tornado shelter. Awakened by sirens followed by blasts from my phone and iPad. It was cancelled about 1/2 hr later and I got back to my ‘campsite’ in the garage about 1:30am. Heavy thunderstorms quit rumbling through about 3:30 am. The cold front through, the high for the day is supposed to be only 61 degrees so guessing there’ll be a reprieve for a few days.
And it’s a lot smaller crowd at the shop too. I’m the only human here since early afternoon Saturday. Glad the owner gave me a key and appointed me ‘night watchman’🤣👮🏻♂️ With the door open, I can get some natural light besides the 24 hr fluorescent glare. Not being able to see out of any coach window due the plastic covering and the fluorescents make for an unnatural existence.
Sorry about the steady photo stream picturing my ‘exciting life’. No TV, no radio, basically no phone or internet inside the building. Either watch grass grow or watch paint dry!
Three pm and the crew starts coming in. The prep work never ends. They sanded down the scraped area on the two basement doors and primed them. Then they ‘washed’ with rags and some strong solution all the areas that have been sanded and primed to rid them of dust, grease or hand oils. Then more spot sanding and more priming. It’s now 7pm and it looks like they are going to start painting the main areas yet tonight. I’m guessing they want that done and drying overnight so that tomorrow they can tape and paint all the artsy scroll and curvy work. As I understand it with today’s high tech paint, it can dry in an hour and even the two coats, later, of clear coat are dry in two hours. The bus that finished clear coated Saturday was back this afternoon to be detailed and waxed. It wasn’t that long ago that waxing wasn’t recommended for at least 6 months. I’m getting kind of excited to start seeing some of the grey primer being recoated.
The painter finished at about this point for the evening. He will be back tomorrow (Weds) during his lunch break to paint the rest of the solid colors, front and back so that all will be dry and ready for the painting of the finer swirls and lines followed by the clear coats when he comes back after work at Tiffin at 3pm. I’m enjoying watching them work as the work and accompanying smells remind me of some 60 yrs ago when I painted summers for my dad. I remember back then enjoying working at Calvin College’s new Knollcrest Seminary staining the oak trim and then spraying hot lacquer (in the days before polyurethane) and the similar all permeating smell. I need to wander outside a few times at night for some fresh air though. Getting my fill of VOC’s.
The butterfly starts to slowly emerge from the cocoon.
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