Through the microscope

Paint it black

I see a microscope and I want to paint it black…

Forgive me Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, I was trying to think of a witty title and that was the best I could come up with.

The story so far: Japlac is too shiny for my Cooke Troughton and Simms microscope so I tried Hammerite satin. Hammerite satin is not shiny enough. It’s a lot better than the high gloss Japlac but it’s not quite right. I have a new cunning plan; I shall mix a little gloss Hammerite in with the satin paint. I shall start with a 2:1 ratio and go from there.

I’m also going to thin it a little and use a gloss roller. I tried an ultra fine gloss roller previously and it was rubbish. I still can’t figure out why they chose a fuzzy material for the ultra fine gloss roller. I had fuzz in my paint. I’m sticking with the normal foam gloss roller in future.

I’ve buggered my hand up again. The hurtiness seems to be travelling down the tendon from my index finger towards my wrist. Maybe it will travel down my wrist, up my arm,  into my shoulder, up my neck and into my head from where I can sneeze it out?

On the other hand (pun not intended) I may have to go to the doctor.


Comments on: "Paint it black" (4)

  1. Yay! Thanks for the video — The song got into my head as soon as I read your title! Thank goodness something finally replaced Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” on my mental soundtrack. LOL

    I recently got some Tommie Copper fingerless gloves. They seem to have a little more support than knitting gloves. [I have that dratted tendon problem and use them when I’m at the computer.]
    I got mine through Amazon, but it looks like their availability of sizes has gotten limited. Maybe the UK site has more…


  2. Gypsy Kiltbomb said:

    I see the girls walk by dressed in their laboratory coats…

    Drew said to pass on to you that mixing two finishes like that will work, but you’re probably going to have to stir the mix quite often as you work, as it will want to separate. His expertise is wood rather than metal, but he expects the same challenges with mixed finishes. So there you go. 🙂


    • Excellent! Thanks Drew 🙂

      I’ve decided to start with a 1:1 mix. it’ll be easier to decide whether I need to increase of decrease the amount of gloss from there.

      It’s very exciting. Frustrating and exciting.


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