Friday, August 29, 2008


PatchesRust on Lady Jane is, I suppose, the equivalent of weeds to a gardener. A constant battle to keep the patches at bay.

One thing I do know, is that if you don't get all of the rust completely cleaned off before priming & painting, you are going to have a problem with that rust showing through again before too long.

The other thing is, as Seb says on his blog, the paint is thinnest on the sharp edges, such as corners of the steel, so the moisture can work it's way to the steel through there and therefore the inevitable rust starts showing through.

It seems that no matter how thorough the surface preparation, the rust eventually finds its way through somewhere, somehow.

Still, the touching up of the patches has been nothing like the Herculean effort required to get rid of the rust in the first place.

It would be good to have more reliable weather, so I can get this stuff done and Lady Jane looking smart again. It's been so wet and/or miserable most weekends recently.


  1. I hear you on the weather! It's taken us ALL summer just do to the main deck. When you count up all the dry Saturday mornings we've had (the only time we're not at work and can be noisy), they couldn't even fill both hands... boo.

  2. Fred (WWR)12:38 AM

    I know where you're at Tim! I have a 1983, what your folks would refer to as a Lori I guess, that I have been keeping on the road. Every year I have to catch up with the new rust. In the words of another oner,"Rust Never Stops". Isn't that what really creates a bond between man and his machine :).

  3. Hi Tim Have you bruching off the rust and then treating it with phosphoric acid?

  4. Hi Melissa

    That weather - what a dog.

    I well know how you feel about the noise restrictions, when I was in Fareham I had the same issues.

    It's hardest when you have just not quite finished a piece, but have to stop.



  5. Hi Fred

    Yup, rust never sleeps!

    Still, if it wasn't the rust it would be something else.



  6. Hi Rob

    I've tried to get hold of phosphoric acid, to give it a try, but have not had any luck.



  7. Anonymous1:35 PM

    Automotive rust remover is just so much phoshoric acid plus some geling agent.

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