The “once-every-five-years” fest involves scraping, patching, sanding, caulking, priming, and painting my wooden garage doors. Each side (door, and door-trim) takes a full ten-hour day just to scrape (I scrape about 80% of the old paint off, down to bare wood), patch any rotted wood with wood filler, sand it all down, then caulk the edges and horizontal panel cracks. It takes another shorter day to prime the door and trim (letting it dry overnight), then a third shorter day to put the finish coat on.
I did the left-side door over a weekend and a day a few weeks ago, but I knew that I wouldn’t be able to finish two doors before escaping to Maine for 6 days over Labor Day, so I only did one door at that time (not my usual modus operandi). This past weekend was bright, sunny, dry, and fairly cool, so I attacked the 2nd door. It took me a full day Saturday to scrape, patch, sand, and caulk the door and trim, and my arms were hanging down like over-stretched rubber bands when I was done. A few single-malt whiskys after dinner and a few aspirin at bed-time and I was ready for round two (priming) Sunday. Priming only took 4-5 hours rather than 10 hours or more that got spent on the elbow-grease work on Saturday, so I got to watch the Patriots season-opener game, slightly delayed (I DVRed it and watched it – SANS commercials – a few hours late). Yesterday I left work thirty minutes early and got the bulk of the finish coat of paint applied after work. I didn’t do the edges under the gaskets yet as that part takes as long as the rest of the painting job, so the two sides and the top look a little “ragged” where the gaskets touch the door. Looks like I won’t be able to finish the edges tonight seeing as it’s raining, maybe tomorrow night (in the heat).