Today I spent the day laying across Ezri’s rooftop with a small tin of blue paint and brush, beginning paint the hatch top, the runners and her hand/rope rails. Ezri is a dark blue and the idea is that I will highlight what I call her moving parts with a lighter blue, so people can see were to put their hands and Ezri will not look like a patchwork of rust held together the dead leaves and twigs. Ok she not that bad but there a few places that don’t look to good.
There is a myriad of people who say that you have to use expensive marine paint, if want to paint anything on a narrowboat and equally the same amount of people who says use expensive metal paint, to do the same job. I fall some were in the middle, Yes for under the waterline and just above it and Ezri sides and roof use marine stuff but for want I doing a small tin of Hammerite paint will do.
And yes I know will work because two things, the first being right at the start I paint some yellow Hammerite on Ezri’s hinges for the gas locker, (the idea was I would slowly use Star Trek starship colours to make Ezri the same as shuttle craft but there just battleship grey, red yellow and a little very little blue. I want Ezri to standout but not that much) and until my Dad painted over them they were as good as three years ago. Second its all just shaped metal, the hatch cover and the gas locker simple metal sheets so the Hammerite works a amazingly well. The hand/rope rails same thing and it would look odd not to have the light blue all the way down.
However I am not going paint the rail on Ezri’s back deck, it won’t work I just want highlights painting the whole thing would be to much but if I paint the engine wood panel cover in very similar colour should work and link the whole thing together. And when Ezri been out the water this coming September I may look into get paint for the rest of her.
By the way in the last blog I talked about Marple Locks which have now since reopened but with a size restriction notice on the top number one lock, I don’t think Ezri will trouble fitting down or even coming back up but we have got in a moment pattern which I enjoy all the way to Bosley Lock with four swing bridges in the way and that’s it. So happy days and besides there is no real rush to get back into Manchester. As always if you have done thanks for read and hope to see next time of next narrowboat Ezri blog