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    Thumbs up Trig prepping and painting.

    So.... there's this local trig that's tatty and for ages I've been thinking it could do with a lick of paint. Adopt-a-trig is no longer active so thought it was a lost cause.

    This morning I decided to find out whose land it's on, 4 later, found out it was the local MDC. Fired of an email with my request and expected to be passed from pillar to post.

    Within half an hour the phone rang, gist of the conversation:

    "Hi I'm the ranger covering the area. You want to do... err... what?"
    "Paint the trig!"
    "Errr... why?"
    "It's tatty and I like trigs"
    (Sound of shrugging)
    "You're not going to like... dig it up or anything?"
    "Nope, paint it!"
    "Fine by me, go ahead, thanks, it's a mess!"

    So... Any advise? Wire brush and masonry paint or any better ideas?

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    nobbynobbs Guest

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    scrubbing brush and soapy water to start. you never know how good it'll come up with just that.
    then like you say, masonry paint.

    but then i know nothing about DIY

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    RuberyBlue Guest

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    Was looking to do the same for my local Trig - I await answers to your questions!!

    RB
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    I think Alibags probably has the best idea....

    wire brush to remove all the flakey bits, soft brush to remove all the loose dirt, use a primer, for example PVA adhesive and then use a suitable exterior gloss
    Although I like MrsB's idea about painting it Camo.

    I would pay to see a trig like that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rutson View Post
    the local MDC.
    What's one of those?

    I've considered doing this too, but guerilla style.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rutson View Post
    So.... there's this local trig that's tatty and for ages I've been thinking it could do with a lick of paint. Adopt-a-trig is no longer active so thought it was a lost cause.

    This morning I decided to find out whose land it's on, 4 later, found out it was the local MDC. Fired of an email with my request and expected to be passed from pillar to post.

    Within half an hour the phone rang, gist of the conversation:

    "Hi I'm the ranger covering the area. You want to do... err... what?"
    "Paint the trig!"
    "Errr... why?"
    "It's tatty and I like trigs"
    (Sound of shrugging)
    "You're not going to like... dig it up or anything?"
    "Nope, paint it!"
    "Fine by me, go ahead, thanks, it's a mess!"

    So... Any advise? Wire brush and masonry paint or any better ideas?
    Wouldn't bother with the wire brush but Liane would recommend Stardrops slap it on, probably as much about masking as painting. Would be cool to paint the top metal bit in glow-in-the-dark though

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    Quote Originally Posted by agentmancuso View Post
    What's one of those?

    I've considered doing this too, but guerilla style.
    Metropolitan Borough Council

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    j.i.wilson Guest

    Default Painting a Pillar

    At OS we would first give the pillar a good brushng iwth a wire brush. The aim is to remove all falking paint and any loose cement.

    Sometimes we then gave it a quick wash - if it water was nearby!!

    We then used Snowcem. Not sure if this is still available.

    I would imagine some of the more modern masonary paints are superior to Snowcem. Any colour you like as long as its white.

    Don't forget that the pillar will be more visible and hence attrecat more attention. OS intentionally left many pillars to avoid undue attention.

    When I did it I usually masked off the FB and spider because I am useless with a paint brush. These days I would also use a dust sheet to avoid spillage and drips on the surrounding ground.

    Good luck

    Ian

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    Quote Originally Posted by j.i.wilson View Post
    When I did it I usually masked off the FB and spider because I am useless with a paint brush.
    Please, no paint on the Flush Bracket or Spider!

    But, Good Luck!
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    Sagina nivalis Guest

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bear and Ragged View Post
    Please, no paint on the Flush Bracket or Spider!
    Hear Hear! Nice idea. Take some piccies for T:UK

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    I noticed by chance that someone has recently taken a brush to Crook Rise Crag Top - a coincidence? Looks good anyway


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    Sagina nivalis Guest

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    Quote Originally Posted by PopUpPirate View Post
    Would be cool to paint the top metal bit in glow-in-the-dark though
    Sacrilege

    Coomb Dod could do with some TLC once you've got your hand in (and a few hundred others).

    Nice to see some "new" names here

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sagina nivalis View Post
    Sacrilege

    Coomb Dod could do with some TLC once you've got your hand in (and a few hundred others).

    Nice to see some "new" names here
    I maybe wrong but 'Coomb Dod' will probably need a touch of concrete as well!

    RB
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    Sagina nivalis Guest

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    Certainly could do with some specialised TLC, as could a few around there.

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    Please don't paint it this colour white
    John
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