Well, the moons are nasty. They started out with a layer of paint (and who know what underneath), and the undersides are gross and rusty. Marc had already tried stripping one of them, but it looked like it might have rust coming up through the back. I called around to see what it would cost to get them cleaned up and re-chromed, and it was not good. Since I didn't want to pay $100 a pop ( ! ) I decided to try and rescue them. I started by trying steel wool on the one Marc already stripped, and it helped only minimally. The moon looked and felt like it still had some paint on it, so I put paint stripper on both of them and waited. After redoing this a few times, they are looking better. I ran out of stripper, so that's it for tonight. I'm going to keep trying later on tomorrow and see how it goes.
This is how they looked after Marc stripped one of them a little
And after I worked on them a bit last night...
Still not pretty, but better. The one on the bottom still needs several coats of stripper.
Just got the Siesta back from the paint shop. Joe Pruneda at Precision Auto Body in Spring did a great job! I really like it - it's a bit lemony (my choice) but that's okay. The painter was able to copy the original stripe - YAY! We still need to do the wheels and do something about the moons. I don't think the ones I see online will fit. I need ones that are really deep. I have the originals, but I'll need to have them blasted and re-chromed. Is that expensive? I guess I'll find out!
Here it is without the eyebrows
These are the products Joe Pruneda and his team used on the Siesta
We had such a blast camping with Christy and Leonardo Taylor! We had met them (and their cute little Mobile Scout) in Santo. Christy and I have very similar tastes as far as antiques go. As she said herself, she is very good at spending my money! And Leonardo always has something funny to say. What a great couple and a great weekend! Dan Tarno and his wife, who we also met at Santo, lives there and dropped by to say hello.