Monday, April 28, 2008

Back deck touch up

Back deckIt's been nearly two years now since I finished the back deck project on Lady Jane.

One or two patches of rust have started showing through, so it's time to do something about it.

More rust etc. on the rails than anything really. But it seems that I'm only re-doing areas which were not thoroughly done the first time round.

Still, a day spent rust busting and priming both the rails and the back deck is nothing in comparison to what I endured before.

Also, no neighbours to worry about.

8 comments:

  1. Hi Tim

    That sort of work must be quite enjoyable after the hard slog, almost therapeutic .

    Andrew

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  2. hahah it appears we were leading parallel weekends. Only in Hendrik's case we were only just starting the deck rustbusting...

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  3. Hi Andrew

    It's great - works to take my mind off the events of the week.

    Regards

    Tim

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  4. Hi Melissa

    Strange that.

    For rust busting, I highly recommend the Hilti TE 104, or equivalent.

    Don't worry about the needle attachment, unless the rust is fairly light, rather go for the chisels, they are the best.

    Maybe try hiring one & see how you get on.

    Cheers

    Tim

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  5. Anonymous4:18 PM

    Funny I was re-reading your original posts on the deck and thinking about whether an angle-grinder might have been suitable. Now Melissa's posting brings up the same question.

    It's not as if I've rust-busted an old ship before, so I have no real idea, but my instinct would be to use a largish (7-inch) angle grinder with a course (40- or 50-grit) flap-disc to attack the rust.

    I'm not sure it would be faster than the air-hammer, but would definitely get to bare metal and would likely be quieter in operation -- though you'd still need monster hearing protection.

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  6. Hi Anonymous

    Rust busting has largely been a case of trial and error.

    What I have found is that different things work in different circumstances, and different moods.

    Flap disks are great for the flattish surfaces.

    Wire brush attachments on angle grinders work great for edges and angles etc.

    The needle gun attachment works great for lighter surface rust or in corners.

    The chisel attachments (of various sizes) work really well for the big, hard rust which will not shift easily with anything else. We are talking hard rust here, which requires an aggressive tool to attack it effectively.

    Cheers

    Tim

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  7. I remember you posting about working on the back deck. can't believe it's been two years already!

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  8. Hi Rik

    Time flies when you are having fun.

    Regards

    Tim

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