Sunday, August 11, 2013

A New Hobby? - Definitely Not!!!

This weekend definitely was not a fun one!!!  At least I had a decent Friday evening!

Saturday morning was spent at a Walk In Clinic where I found out the supposed mosquito bites on my shoulder blade are instead shingles - so off to get some meds and start treatment immediately.  It's too bad I didn't go when I noticed them Aug 1st as the sooner treatment starts the sooner this nerve virus can be stopped.  Let's hope it'll still work for me.  I did hear that if you've had chickenpox then this shingles virus is not as severe or as lengthy - let's hope this is true as I had chickenpox.

Then on Saturday I went shopping to Canadian Tire and picked up all the various supplies need to get rid of my van's rust patches.  YEPPERs I played "autobody technician" - not that I know what I was doing, but I sure do not have the money for a professional paint job.  I did "Google It" and printed off the "do it yourself rust repair" and read it a few times and felt confident to give it a go - at least hope to delay further spreading until I can get it done properly.  I hope!!!

So Sunday morning I drove over to Angela's and checked the house and plants - only a few pots needed watering - picked some tomatoes to have for lunch and then got busy.  First off I cleaned the areas with brake clean, let dry, treated with rust converter, let dry, tried to patch areas with fast drying auto putty (not very good stuff and was trouble), tried sandy but the hatch was too much work for me, then treated with Rust Check (no primer required with this), and followed up with the matching spray paint for my vehicle.  Now I did allow the stated time in between coats and since I have three areas to treat it was longer yet plus the temps were I'd say 25-27C today with a light breeze - I'd say ideal.  Well it didn't take long to realize the putty was crappy - drying out and a pain to get even on the hatch part and it's a mess - but the rust has been treated and I hope that the paint sticks.  If not next weekend is REDO but I'll stretch it over the two days!!!

OHHHH my hands/nails!!!  I didn't break any but what a state!!!
Now you're probably thinking what a lousy job - yes I agree too but heck that was my first time and like I said at least the rust has been tackled and hopefully will be OK for this winter at least.  I have gotten instructions to remedy the masking lines and hopefully look after that this next weekend.  Unless there are problems that arise this week then I guess I'll have to strip it and do it all over again!!!  I pray not!!!


Bear said...

Hi ya RoseAnne, sad to hear you have developed shingles, that's so mean, sometimes using some calamine lotion can help the itchy bits if you get them that is, my man used this ad nauseum said it did help, but hey who know. As to your rust repair good on ya for trying, next time you will be so much better at it well u will feel better gggg looks good to me back to your stitching dear friend but not with those hands
Lo be ya bear xoxoxoxo

kerrykatiecakeskeb43 said...

Rose Anne - you are amazing! You should be proud of yourself - I hope you are!! You inspire me to start on all the things around here that need fixing.

Rose Anne B said...

Thank you Bear, I was using a vinegar compress on a long handled wand to reach the lower shoulder blade and that really helped to relieve the itching. Good thing it was where it was so I could not scratch. I'll definitely be thinking before attempting such a job again. Touchups probably but that hatch was murder. Well with some vaseline and Tide I was able to clean my hands up good. Thanks.

crazyQstitcher said...

I'm very sorry to hear you have shingles and hope you get fast relief.

Well done on the repair job -- even if you say it's not great, it will stop more rust until you manage a professional makeover.