This was a long, tough weekend, especially Sunday when it got really hot and I had to take a few extra breaks. I actually do feel kind of ill, so I probably have sunstroke. Hopefully not sun poisoning. I think regardless of the weather tomorrow, I should take the train rather than bike in.
This is where I started on Sat.
Here is where I ended -- some progress on the long strips to the right, but still a lot of paint that is not coming up easily.
I'm definitely in damage control mode. I said that Sunday would be the last day of sanding and scraping, though there are a limited number of spots I will probably still hit. This is where I ended on Sunday. While I got lots of bits of paint up, the return on investment is definitely diminishing!
Ideally, I can take care of those last bits and do the final sanding (no scraping) Monday, though I expect it will be Monday into Tuesday. That would allow me to see if I can put down a coat of stain Wed. and the final stain on Thurs., though this means I can't see Avishai Cohen at the Jazz Fest, which would be unfortunate.
I hosed down the deck, and this is a preview of what it might look like with the new stain. I guess this would be acceptable. It's mostly covered by furniture anyway.
Note that this is only the top part of the deck. There is a lower deck!
Though that will only need to be sanded once, not scraped. (On the other hand, if it had also been painted, I would have just painted the whole darn deck, and I probably would have already been done. Hard to tell.) I am not going to
be a perfectionist since we don't even use that part of the deck that
often. Also I don't feel that the lower deck must be done by Canada Day, though it should be done by the end of the summer.