June, July and August
Since our last diary entry things have been taking shape
quite nicely. Steve and Pete have stripped the engine which has
subsequently been into Steve's works for his usual meticulous
attention to detail. After a hot degrease, hot chemical wash and
inspection it was then wrapped up and returned to the workshop.
With the glorious weather in late June/early July we
decided to award ourselves with a couple of weekends off including a trip to
Park (to watch the British Touring Cars), East Lancashire Railway diesel weekend and
Totally Transport vintage vehicle rally at
After letting our hair down, the serious work began
on the final preparation before painting - oh how we have longed for this
day! After a thorough degrease with panel wipe fluid a coat of etch primer was applied followed by a good
flatting back to remove any foreign bodies. At this point any
imperfections which had become apparent were filled and sanded
before a second coat of etch primer was applied - followed by
another session of flatting back. Then CDK received her 1st coat of primer/undercoat
followed by, yes you've guessed it, more flatting back by hand!
Finally, a second coat of undercoat has given us a splendid surface
ready for the application of the gloss top coat. This whole process
has taken many days spread out over a couple of months and has been
extremely labour intensive and time consuming - after all a 12 metre
coach has quite a large surface area. Careful attention was also
made to humidity levels before painting as recommended by HMG Paints
(Manchester) who supplied the paint - very good it is too with
fantastic obliteration/coverage properties. We are hoping that the
extra time spent on the preparation and undercoat stage will deliver
a very high quality finished article. Why are we painting CDK by
hand? - because she was never spray painted while in the ownership
of Yelloway and we don't feel a sprayed finish would look right.
At this point I (Steve) must point out that due to a
medical condition, paint fumes and me don't like each other so most
of the painting has been / will be done by Richard.
A fantastic finish has been achieved, well done Rick!
Another job being attended to is the re-skinning of
the emergency door which has been contracted to Trailways in
Walsall. A coat of Duralac anti corrosive paint was applied to the
outside face of the framework to help reduce any reaction between
the aluminium skin and the steel frame.
|Test fitting of trim to
the front panel
'Duralac' anti-corrosive paint applied to the emergency exit
And finally, while Richard was slaving away in the
hot summer temperatures Steve enjoyed another weekend away, this
time at Snetterton for the BTCC Racing, he even made the