Category: "Old Garage"

Garage door - part 6

by brae  

Continuing work on the garage door. I aged the panel inserts using the same method as the rest of the door.

I thought an old garage door could use a busted window pane, so I drew a bullet hole freehand with an X-Acto blade.

I was rather pleased with how it turned out.

Just one hole in the window and one on the center of the panel. I didn't want the garage to have been used as target practice. :D

Before installing the panes, I did some aging with spray painting, barely catching them with over spray to simulate dirt.

I bought a Cricut Maker after the last post on cutting the window trims. Since there were so many and the Explore didn't cut all the way through, I decided to re-cut with the Maker, and the results were much cleaner. I painted them black and then aged them with charcoal grey acrylic paint to tone down their crispness.

I also installed metal hinges on the back. I supplemented the supplied nails with epoxy.

The door itself is now complete and I can move on to the tracks and motor.

Ratty side door - tetanus shot suggested

by brae  

In following with the aging of the garage door, I wanted a metal side door that would show its age, perhaps a few dents. The easiest material to use would be plastic. I cut two rectangles of 0.04" styrene sheet. Using a lighter, I heated up random sections and pressed in with a butter knife to create dents and an awl to create dings.

I used 3mm styrene to make an internal structure between the two rectangles to make a hollow door. You can see the scorch marks on the back side from the lighter.

I started with grey primer to grab the plastic. I'm showing the exterior only until the end since it was the same process on both sides.

I then painted both sides with acrylic paints to create corrosion.

I masked random areas with Winsor & Newton Masking Fluid. This is a pricey fluid used for watercolor painting; it covers any space you want to remain white on a painting.

It dries clear, and you paint over it.

I started with gloss Cherry Red by Krylon. I used an eraser to lift the rubbery masking after the paint dried.

Since the paint was dry to the touch but not yet cured, it also marred the gloss finish -- an added bonus. No new paint on this old door.

I applied masking fluid again, following the initial patterns loosely.

The next color was Rust-Oleum Deep Forest in satin finish, which has a lot of blue tones to it.

Removing masking...and you can see the red and corrosion underneath.

Racing Green by Tamiya was the next color, then final masking. The white portions are where the masking fluid is still drying.

This last time, some of the paint lifted to the grey primer. I used acrylic paints to reapply the corrosion layer over the grey primer areas and to dirty the bottom and lead edge where hands would be constantly touching the door.

I was originally going to go with a grey door, but how boring. haaaaaa  The exterior was finished with gloss Cherry Red by Krylon since I liked how it "aged" the first time around. I barely waited for the paint to dry this time before attacking the finish and removing the masking. I wanted a truly battered door. :D

I love the way the dents and dings turned out.

I went with Rust-Oleum Deep Forest for the interior. I masked very little on the interior after the third paint coat since it would have been more protected from the elements but still subject to wear and tear.

The bottom gets the most abuse from perhaps being kicked closed or ramming into things inadvertently left in its path over the years.

Spray paints have recommendations such as applying second coats within 2 hours or waiting for 48 hours to prevent crazing (wrinkling). Since I was within that "don't spray" time, I achieved some crazing. Often when I try to get crazing, I can't, and when I want a pristine finish, I get crazing. At least it worked as intended this time.

Now to build a frame....

Glass block window - part 1

by brae  

I've started making a glass block window, and I am very pleased with the progress so far.

It looks like real glass.

The surface is wavy like the real deal, too.

Next up will be figuring out an approximation of a hopper vent (the tiny window insert that allows for airflow). :D

As you know, I freely share nearly every process when I make things with very few exceptions. This process is one of those exceptions, so there is no tutorial or materials list at this time.

Garage door - part 5

by brae  

Continuing work on the garage door. I worked on the window panels for the garage door about a month ago. The main panels are part of the original design, but I needed to design and cut the windows and the interior trim. I used my Cricut Explore One to make the initial cuts but had to finalize the cuts by hand.

I used scissors to cut around the outside and an X-Acto to cut out the interior.

The rounded rectangle I designed didn't match up exactly to the insert, but it was easier to trim than to try to make an exact match.

From the front, the window insert looks clean.

The trim covers any gaps.

Next up, finishing the paint on the panels and painting the trims.

Elevator kit

by brae  

I bought a STEM elevator kit from amazon expecting it to be low quality (I paid less than $6 for it). It is cheap, but it was a good learning device for gears and motors.

There are no English instructions, and the photos are very small. You can get a decent idea of it from the amazon photos at least.

The controller is garbage. I suspect damaged in transit, but the return/replace window has passed. It's a great concept; it just doesn't work as it should.

The up button works consistently, and the down works intermittently, hence the one-way elevator. :D

Ah, well. It was worth the money just for the motor and lesson. I won't be using it for the garage door because it's too fast, but it will go in my stash for someday. Now to shop for a more suitable motor.

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