Paint your wagon!
Just a quick blog entry here this time.
It’s been glorious weather here today; hot sunshine and a slight breeze, perfect I thought for testing out a theory and to do this, I had to watch paint dry. No, really! It was fun. You may recall me mentioning the new TARDIS colour and in particular its finish a few days ago where I postulated that instead of it being stained blue, it was actually sprayed with automotive paint. Well today was where I put that theory to the test.
Have a look at this image. To the left is my test, to the right is the original prop.
Looks good, doesn’t it? My first attempt was to use a gloss blue (K9 blue actually) and almost immediately I knew that it wasn’t right, something in the gloss reacted with the oils in the wood and caused the paint to bubble in a few places. However, once dry, it was painfully obvious that the finish was completely wrong, so I tried again on another scrap of wood.
This time I used a satin finish, but all I had was black. For a test, that would be fine anyway. So, if you compare the two in the image above, you should be able to see how on both, the paint has reacted to the two types of cellulose in the timber fibre and it’s this that accentuates the grain detail. I’m 100% certain that this is how it was done on the original prop, a satin automotive paint sprayed directly onto the bare timber stock. All I have to do is find out what colour it was – that should be rather simple. I feel a phone call coming on, but not just yet.
How many TARDISes do I have planned to build in the fullness of time? Oh yeah, all of them! Now I have one more to add to that list. Aaaarrrggghhhh. But shhh, don’t tell the wife.
Oh dear. I’ve just realised – I’ve written a blog about watching paint dry! How tediously dull is that? Whatever next, an entry on how to do a mono-tonal nasal hum for two hours, how to fold socks or even worse, a spotters guide to the ins and outs of life on Albert Square? I shudder at the thought.