Week Two - Beginning with the Basics
The project starts by thoroughly washing the horse to remove all of the assorted dirt and grit. The first wash reveals a fine veil of sooty grease stains. These are removed by a second wash--this time with rubbing alcohol. Artwork is not a glamourous job...
Even though he is only a plastic stallion, I have to admit that it feels a little funny to swab alcohol on his 'undercarriage'.
The washes have uncovered flaws in the finish of the fiberglass form. There are many pock-marks, pin holes and scratches. It also appears that the initial coat of primer may be too thin on the underbelly and tail areas of the sculpture. These will have to be corrected before any painting can begin.
Not being a fiberglass aficionado, I decide to consult the company that manufactured the sculpture for advice on how to proceed. I am informed that repairs should be made with a special epoxy-type clay. Despite my best efforts, I am unable to find a local distributor for the epoxy product. It looks like I have no choice but to order the clay from a distributor in California. Hopefully...it will not take too long to arrive!