So now I had to have a look at the paint finish and see what it needed. I started with a sanding block and some wet and dry paper in a pretty coarse grade, but I used it dry because I didn't want the wood to get wet which would raise the grain on it.
I soon found that the paint was dry and lifting off in sections. I thought it was just here and there and that I would be able to get it back to a stable surface, but the more I did the more sure
I was that I had to remove the paint completely if I was going to do any justice to this pram and I got out the paint remover. I can assure you that I didn't take this step lightly. I am no expert I am feeling my way around really and I have never stripped a pram completely before, so my heart was in my mouth, but I was certain that I couldn't leave that old paint on it and so I went ahead.
Once again being worried about the grain being raised if I washed off the pram with water, I did as the instructions told me and used a rather large container of White spirit to wash it all off with. I actually used a scrubbing brush in the little nooks and crannies to lift out the paint, don't suppose that is all that often used in a paint shop? all those lovely coachlines gone for ever! thank God I took photographs of them and also traced them!
Next while waiting for the body to dry off and be fit to put back in the pram, I decided to have a look at the chassis and maybe start rubbing that down.
As you can see, the chassis is also nicely coachlined. How am I going to put that back?
I took these photographs to remind myself later of how the chassis was coachlined, on both surfaces. The lines are very fine, no wider than 1mm I wouldn't think.
And that is where I have got to up to now, on the 22nd of October 2009, I wonder how long it will take me to being able to continue with this lovely pram? I also have the Millson Portman stripped down but I have promised myself that it will be the LBC which is done first, I have been passing it over for other prams for far too long. Last my back decided to through a real wobbly on me and I have been unable to do much for quite a few days now, it is never very good but it is a lot worse at the moment. I am hoping that it gives me some breathing space pretty soon, I am getting fid up of being tied to the house, I can't even drive at the moment.