Day 3 – The Garage: Design, Prepping & Painting

Day 3 – The Garage: Design, Prepping & Painting

The build of my GT40 is expected to take anything from 6months – 2 years to complete depending on how committed I am to getting it finished. So with such as a large amount of time being spent in the garage I’ve decided to give it a bit of a make over.

My garage - before painting and cleaning

My garage - before painting and cleaning

Currently it’s just used for a bit of extra storage but over the next couple of months I hope to transform it into an ideal space to build my car. The first jobs I have to do are to paint the walls and floor and then I am going to make a custom stencil to paint the floor with my own design.

The Garage Design

Garage Design with 1912 Ford Logo

Garage Design with 1912 Ford Logo

As a designer I thought it would make sense for me to give the garage a bit more character so I have decided to stencil the floor with my own custom design. I didn’t want to go too crazy but thought a nice Ford logo and GT40 text in the original font might look nice. I decided to try and find an older ford logo as I prefer the classic ford badge rather than the newer blue oval plus the GT40 is a classic itself. The logo I am using the 1912-1928 design logo. As for the GT40 font it’s a font called MicroGramma which you download here.

Over the next month I’ll be finishing the design and having a full size stencil printed. I’ll also add a new post to talk through the full process of adding the design to the floor. It’s worth pointing out that the reason I am paint stencilling the floor rather than applying a transfer etc is that I can just paint over it when ever I want and add a new design, simples!

 

 

Painting the Garage walls

As you can see from the picture of the garage the walls are bare breeze block so haven’t been painted before. Some people will say that you can use pretty much any paint inside the garage but I’ve opted to use good quality masonry paint. It gives a good finish and offers great protection to the walls. However be warned the walls will EAT PAINT. Having covered 1 wall I had to buy some additional paint. On a good sized single garage like mine I’d estimate to use about 30 litres of paint.

Before painting the walls make sure they are clean and dry. I found a good way to clean the walls was to take a hard broom to the walls and give them a good brush. As our garage is fairly new there was a lot of dust etc trapped in the surface of the wall so it pays to spend that bit longer cleaning the walls.

Once cleaned, it’s just a case of slopping on the paint, yes slopping! These walls are very difficult to paint and the roller I bought was pretty much useless. The best method I found was to use a good size masonry brush and dab the paint onto the walls. It takes a lot of time but like anything, the more you put it the better the result.

Wickes Master Exterior Smooth Masonry Paint

Wickes Master Exterior Smooth Masonry Paint

Once finished let the paint dry overnight and then you’ll be able to see any patches of wall where the underneath surface is still showing through. Go over these areas again with a second coat. Depending on how generous you are with your first coat will dictate as to whether you need to do a full second coat. I’ve found that I only have a few patches that need going over and the rest of the wall looks great.

The finish not only makes the garage look bigger and brighter but helps manage the dust inside the garage. Something I think is vital when building a kit car.

The paint used is Wickes Master Exterior Smooth Masonry Paint. 10litre tubs cost £24.99.

 I’ll post up some finished garage wall pictures when I get some time and I’ll also be writing a guide to painting the Garage floor surface and the stencilling process for the Ford design.

Update: The garage walls have finally been painted and the garage is much brighter and a nicer place to spend time. Also I’ve noticed there isn’t so much dust in the garage. You can see the results of my handy work below.

My garage after painting in brilliant white

My garage after painting in brilliant white

Now its just the floor that needs to be painted before I start stocking up with tools and a new work bench. The first parts of the car are due in about a month now too so I’d better get a move on.

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About the Author

Trevor Summers is a 27 year old Art Director from Warwickshire in the UK. Trevor is the creator of gt40builder.com which he uses as a diary of his GT40 replica build