Grinding The Paint Off
I started on the next two panels today. Here is what I am up against. Kinda peeling huh? So I use a good metal scraper at first to get all the loose stuff off. Then I have to hit it with the grinder.
And when I say grinder I mean grinder not a sander. A sander is just to light duty to get all the old paint off. I think there is still paint on these panels from the original paint job which was done in 1925. The entire resort was remodeled in 1992 but I can tell that these panels were not stripped down all the way then. Which is probably why its peeling so bad now. So what I am doing is taking all the paint off down to the original surface and starting over from scratch. I spent all day grinding paint off and got both panels ready to prime. The grinder is a really powerful tool so I have to be careful about what I am doing.
The top part of this next panel is done and ready to prime. What you see is about how much area I can work on at a time until I have to move the swing stage down a little more. Notice how the design is almost a white and the background color is redish. The design is actually a different material than what the background material is. The design is a plaster and the background is a concrete. Because the design is a plaster I have to be real careful with the grinder I could easily grind the plaster right off so I need a light touch, enough pressure to get the paint but leave the plaster. The concrete is a harder substrate but I still have made some gouges in it with the grinder so even with that I need to be careful. I got both panels looking like the top of this one below and ready to prime but it started to rain and I had to knock off for the day. Back at it Monday.