Just too Bad to Result in a Good Finish

Sometimes things are just too bad to create a good repair and quality finish. For the most, I don’t care how hard I have to work to achieve my goal, so long as it does not kill me. What would be the point, as I’d never reap the rewards of such great effort.

Following wonderful results with my veranda railings, plus garden and driveway gates, the next project was the garage door. It is a single width door that slides open on upper and lower runners and there is a doorway that opens within the garage door itself, allowing access without fully opening the door. It is a relatively easy door to slide, though a bit of grease and cleaning of the runner system could potentially improve ease of movement further or so I suspect.

The whole is of corrugated steel and again, with many coats of paint previously applied. The original goal was to remove all the paint, rub the whole down removing rust and other imperfects to end with a nice, clean and smooth finish. Hell, on this occasion, I’ve been beaten and discovered, that the surface corrosion at the lower parts is just too bad to permit a quality finish. I thought of sandblasting the whole, though this would not be feasible or cost effective. Further, should I have continued the way I was, I would have consumed 45 euros of paint remover. Due to some of the difficulties of removing the paint, I started using a propane blow torch that, unfortunately resulted in the metal facing sheets expanding and, the rivets popping with the additional pressure created due to said heat and expansion. This in itself has lead to additional problems where part of the old rivet would and do remain.

To achieve a quality finish, a rethink was required. After further inspection, I came to the conclusion that the best course of action would be to replace the corrugated facing sheets. Careful measuring and the discovery of a place where replacements could be fabricated, has resulted in me ordering such. It is a job that is starting to cost far more than anticipated. Let’s now see if this achieves the desired finish without yet additional problems and expense. The image below shows the horrible result of my efforts thus far. It looks far better than it is and especially so, when considering a gloss finish would magnify the underlying imperfections. Perhaps I’m just too fussy.

Garage Door Initial Attempt