You would think that after so many successful projects I’ve mastered the art of spray painting.
Nah……learnt it the hard way this weekend. This is how the whole thing played out.
Usually I paint in the garage but this time the car was parked in there. It was kinda cold and I was feeling lazy to move the car out to the driveway. The genius that I am decided to switch to plan B, paint on the deck. What’s the harm if I lay down layers of newspaper to protect the deck?
All was hunky dory until it started…………snowing! I mean not snowing snowing but quite a few flurries. Yah, so much for not checking the weather before deciding to do something outside (mistake #1)!
Panic attack #1 – Scrambled outside to survey the damage. Checked to see if the paint is dry so that it could be moved inside. Sadly realized that the paint was as sticky as glue!
Went back inside and hoped against hope that the flurries would just vanish. Things didn’t look any better after an hr or so. The flurries seemed to have actually smeared the paint in quite a few places.
Panic attack #2 – Rushed inside grabbed the paint can and added another coat to ‘fix’ the smears (mistake #2).
By now the situation was getting out of hand.
Panic Attack #3 -Think think think…. Shield the frame from the flurries somehow, aka.
No, that didn’t work. The flurries didn’t stop either. The whole saga ended with B, who was aghast that I messed up his beloved Trex deck with paint, moving the frame to the garage. Of course he had to grab it with the newspaper coz the paint was still very wet (mistake #3). Even inside the garage it took 4-5 hrs to dry! Close to 10 hrs for 3 coats of spray paint to dry! Talk about humidity!
When it was dry it looked like this.
From the front looks fine but the sides are a mess. Any ideas on how to get the paper out? I think I’ll have to sand it down and start all over again.
Oh, I also ended up with this…..
While I was busy adding a coat of paint during panic attack #2 didn’t realize that the paper had moved! 🙁 Now, got to look up ways to remove the paint from the deck! Power wash may be?
Lessons learnt – Check the weather before you decide to paint outside and always always make sure that your spray paint doesn’t spray on unwanted surfaces!
Have you guys had any goof ups like this?