This weekend we made good progress finally. Two weekends ago I primed everything except the three main beams with rot and last weekend was Halloween. So, not much has been accomplished lately.
Friday I went to West Marine in Marina del Rey to get marine grade resin epoxy. The salesman was amazing in helping me understand a product I've never used before and requires three parts to make it work. As he was explaining I was holding a squirmy, almost-two-year old the whole time so imagine my focus.
Saturday and part of Sunday hubby finished pulling out the rotted moulding and replacing it with a fresh piece of wood. He also sanded and prepped the second set of window moulding so all I have to do is prime and paint.
Today I bit the bullet. The process of rebuilding the beams is freaking me out. I'm worried about making a gooey mess and having to cut the end off and replace it with and end cap. I've been told it's not the best method for extending the beams.
I started with the beam with the least amount of damage so I could get a feel for working with the product. It turned out ok. I feel I need to add more in some parts but overall I think it'll look great once I sand and paint. Right now it looks like white snot.
Next time I will work with smaller quantities of epoxy. The stuff placed on the beams took time to solidify but what was left in the plastic cup hardened pretty fast. I will also make the epoxy thicker so I can work with it easier as I have to fill in huge gaps.
Today I tackled what is the scariest part of this project to me. I feel good. One more weekend and we should be finished!
Labels: restoring, wood work