The painting will be done with a combination of enamels and artist oils but before I can get to the fun part the "canvas" needs to be prepared. Early on my Dad had put some primer on Chester but didn't go any farther than that. I spend one day filling and sanding and basically ignored the primer coat that he had put down. After I was happy with that work my first coat of primer went on. This coat is used to expose any flaws in the wood work.
I let this dry over night and rolled Chester back outdoors for another round of sanding. During this I found some places that I had missed so another round of filling commenced. The idea is to make sure that the surface is as flawless as possible. Its a bit tedious but very much worth the effort.
|Here is the point where Dad stopped|
|I did finish sanding back in September so Chester was ready for a coat of primer|
|If you look carefully you can see the areas where I have had to apply wood filler to fix blemishes in the wood work.|
|The band of wood filler around the neck is trying to hide the joint where the head is attached to the body. You can see that in a few places around the legs too.|