Car maintenance newbie
... removing and repairing a patch of rust
I'm feeling rather proud of myself.
A couple of weeks ago I discovered a teeny, tiny bit of rust on the wheel arch of my 14-year-old car and decided to try fixing it myself.
It was the cheaper option to sending it to the garage, or getting a new wing, or indeed a new car as someone suggested on Twitter.
So with my dad giving me intructions and armed with several cans and some sandpaper I spent my time repairing the rust.
Sandpaper down to the metal
Now, my dad said this could be done manually or with an electronic sander.
I opted for the manual option ... until the industrial accident happened! Yup, you guessed it, shard of metal through the plastic gloves and underneath my fingernail. A few good swear words, clean-up and a plaster later I decided maybe I'd be better with the electronic sander. Soooo much easier.
Apply Cure-Rust and leave, which I did until the next day.
Cover surrounding area with newspaper.
Apply primer filler. Leave overnight.
Think my dad bought the wrong one as it was yellow! Still after a good arm workout shaking the can for 2 minutes I started spraying. (Might have discovered a lost career opportunity as a graffiti artist!!)
Sand and reapply primer
Well, there were a few bubbles and obvious ridges, and I wanted to do a good job. So I sanded, just a little bit, and reapplied the filler ... then waited
Wet-sand and apply paint .
Slight wet-sand and clean (OK, I'll admit I got my dad to do that bit), another good arm workout shaking the car paint can and then I applied the car paint.
I think, all in all, I didn't make a bad job of it!!!
What do you think? (And yes, I know the rest of my car needs a clean)