How did this come about? My neighbor, Betty, asked me if I would paint her three horses on her trailer. There is way more to the story, of course, because don't all stories contain elements of serendipity and surprise and coincidence and convolution? But for now, that's all you need to know.
This is Betty with Apollo, her beautiful Palomino. He isn't usually so fancy with the bows in his mane; this was taken after a Christmas parade.
Betty's trailer is BIG, but she backed it into our pole barn bay like she was threading a needle. I have tried several times to back up a golfcart hitched with a small 17 cubic foot dump trailer and I jack-knife every time, so I was mighty impressed by Betty's skill.
This is the scaffolding I scrounged together from concrete blocks and pallets. It is the perfect working height and I will be able to comfortably reach every part of my 50 inch high by 80
inch wide "canvas".
Betty's husband, Don, did all the tedious prep sanding. He took the old finish off right down to the bare aluminum. I did a final sanding with very fine grit paper and a vibratory sander. Thank goodness for the Ryobi cordless system.
For the last many weeks, knowing this project was coming up, I have been researching automotive paint finishes and it has opened up a whole new world to me. I have learned so much by hanging out on custom motorcycle websites with airbrush and pinstriping artists with names like "CrossEye" and "Crash". I feel confident I could walk into any one of those "pimp my ride" places and speak knowledgeably about clear-coat and surface prep and K2 urethane drop coats. I have learned to appreciate decorative auto graphics and I understand the appeal of skulls and flames...and even flaming skulls. Eventually I will need my own nickname. "Bootsy" has been suggested.
First, I am going to wash the area to be painted with a special automotive grease and wax remover, then wash that away with clear water and buff it dry. Next I will carefully mask off the part of the trailer I will not be painting (that's MOST of the trailer, thank goodness).
Then I will use this High Build Primer Surfacer when the wind dies down. IF the wind dies down. It is a beautiful day here in Florida, but there is a strong breeze from the N-NW. For my loved ones in cold places (Minnesota!), here are some photos of this gorgeous 76 degree day.
In the next post I will show you the sketches for the mural and some of the hundreds of photos I have taken of my beautiful equine models.
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