Today I decided to empty the under-well-deck storage area and treat it to a coat of Fertan, a rust converting chemical. I'd bought a litre of the product at the National Festival last month with this job in mind.
With the beer, wine and paint tins removed all that was left was the ballast.
The smell was pretty strong in that small space: every so often I had to come out to breathe in some fresh air.
And this is what happens to the rust. In a few minutes it turns black, and looks as if it has been freshly painted that colour.
Now it's a case of letting it all dry. We have to move on from here tomorow as we're on a 48 hour mooring (at Cosgrove), so I brought all the ballast inside the boat. (Bad planning to do this on a 48 hour mooring!) If I'm going to paint what I've done I have to do it within three months. I don't know what will happen if I don't paint - it'll probably go rusty again, I suppose.
On to Stoke Bruerne tomorrow.
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