Friday, August 16, 2013

Layin' Down Some Paint... and loving oxygen.

I've been around paint & bodyshops for years. I know lots of ways painters protect their lungs from the chemicals in paint while they spray it... I know (some) about all the different toners, how colors are created in different ways. Some of this stuff is in my book. In a paranormal romantic setting. Lol.

Here's a retired police Tahoe that someone removed the stripes off of, but it took off some of the paint. We're (as in my Cool, Man is) fixing it for 'em.

My job (you wondered if I worked at all, didn't you?) is to mask vehicles for paint. Let me draw your attention to the geometric designs. 0.0  Ok... so I'm random about everything. Lol. I use a lot of tape. We listen to The Brew radio station, and those rock songs of a few decades back will always mean "hangin' out with my man chatting about odd (no)things" to me.  LOVE!

This is me!!!  This is the first time I stayed in the booth and helped lay down the primer over all those black-ish areas. Then Cool, Man sprayed base-coat white over everywhere we had primered... and then sprayed clear-coat over the entire panel. (Details included in case you're ever thinking of fixing a spot on your door, or anything. You're welcome!)

Cute mask, no?

Oooh... shiny!

Voila!  Like new!  :-)

Photo: All Done

What I did not know...

I helped spray a big truck (again) last night and there are a few things that I had just blown off as "a bad day" after this experience pictured.

 1. The spray gun with the paint in the canister is heavier than it looks when Cool, Man sprays and squeezing the trigger while focusing on the angle, etc, etc, takes a lot of energy.

 2. I was exhausted afterwards. Like I could hardly stand another minute. It was hard to lift my arms, hard to remain standing. I just wanted to go find somewhere to sleep it off. NOW.

This time I mentioned how I felt to Cool, Man. He says:
"Oh yeah. It takes awhile to get used to the lack of oxygen."

All of a sudden, I'm analyzing how I feel a totally different way:  Heavy limbs, slow thoughts, lack of energy, need to sleep... "symptoms of lack of oxygen".

Gold mine for a writer!!!  Score!  Some things you need to experience to understand.

Question:  Do people who live in high elevations feel this way?  How many situations would it be natural to feel a lack of oxygen?

And finally... May I please wear an oxygen tank next time?  'Cause I really, really, really (really-really-really-really-really) like oxygen.


  1. Wow!! Impressive! I love your perspective on having a lack of oxygen and look forward to reading it in your book(s?). I'm thinking you have enough ideas and experiences to write quite an interesting and compelling series!

  2. LOL! I must say that I like oxygen too. You should definitely use that in some way in a future book. :) Those that I know that have lived in higher elevations are pretty much used to it, so I have no feedback there.

    1. Right. That makes sense. I have some relatives who just moved to a high elevation. I'll ask 'em.

    You know, dizziness & need to lay down & pass out it the same sensation I get whenever laying down paint in my nails... Is not the same, but still.

    Yep, Mexico city is HIGH like, what the hell kind of high - walking can be torture.
    Also, the highest city in the world is in Peru, I think.


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