The dog ate my son's Pinewood Derby car. Literally.
The pressure is on. The Derby is SUNDAY, and I'm supposed to have the car
checked in by tomorrow evening. Further complicating matters, I'm on the
Pack Committee, and I have to be involved with setting the thing up most of
the day. My effective deadline, therefore, is 3:30 PM tomorrow.
We didn't have time to futz around with hand painting, so I sprayed the car
with some 88-cent black lacquer spray paint that's been around since
Halloween. The can said 65-90 F temp range, and the shop was at 65 when I
After shaking, it still seemed somewhat thin, but the paint went on OK. It
looks quite good. Almost a piano finish. That's wehre the good news ends.
It's been sitting around for about six hours now, and I can leave
fingerprints in the paint. This stuff normally dries hard in only an hour,
so I'm afraid maybe the paint in the can was too cold, too old, not well
mixed and too much solvent, or the 65 degrees was too low, or something.
We still need to add weight, fit the wheels, and hopefully paint some gold
trim on this thing. None of that can happen until the paint dries hard
enough to withstand some pretty heavy handling.
I can push the deadline to Sunday noonish, but that's all the time I have.
Is there anything I can do to get this paint to cure? Maybe bake it in a
low oven or something?
Am I just completely screwed?
Plan B is to re-use last year's car. That's about all I can think of if I
can't salvage this one. I hate like hell that I let his car get eaten, and
I sure hope I don't have to tell him that this paint is never going to cure
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