Angie the Augustynolophus – Painting

The Wire Brushing, Acid Washing and Rinsing has been completed.  Angie has had a Full Day to completely Dry.  Now it’s time for Primer and Painting.  On all the other Prehistoric Animals in the Park, I used Rust-oleum Spray Paints and Rust Convertors.  This time I decided to try Rust-oleum’s Brush Paints.  First Step, Apply a coat of “Clean Metal Primer”.  The first thing I noticed with the brush paint is the thicker coating which I hope will add extra protection.  I did need to apply two coats to hide brush strokes.  Again, more outdoor protection is better.  Follow the instructions on the can for best temperatures to apply and drying times between coats.  The sunset was a great picture opportunity for Angie after the primer.  She appears to be calling for her friends to check out the beautiful sky!

I used the “Ultra Cover” Premium Latex Paint in Gloss White as a base coat after the primer.  Normally I would start using the final colors for the Dinosaur.  However, as I mentioned in various earlier posts regarding “Dino Fest” at the Natural History Museum Los Angeles County, Angie was part of “Painting a Dinosaur Activity” where kids sponge painted her during the Event.  The Gloss White base worked out for the “Dino Fest” Event.  See post “It was a Fantastic Dino Fest Weekend!” September 29, 2017 for the Great Fun the Kids and their Parents had painting Angie.      

I decided to complete the underneath and some details on Angie to give her a little more complete look prior to the Museum event.  I used Ultra Cover Gloss Apple Red for the Tongue; Satin Nutmeg for the Beak, Horn and Hooves; and Gloss Almond for the Underside of the Body.  The Spray Paints offer a much wider range of Color Choices compared to the Brush Paints.  Therefore, I had to mix the Ultra Colors Navy Blue, Apple Red and White to obtain Purple and Lavender.  The Purple for part of the Horn and Pupils of the Eyes and the Lavender for the Irises of the Eyes.  I used Turkey Basters for measuring the amount of each color I mixed.  I was able to use a self-checkout- lane at the grocery store to avoid explaining my reasons for purchasing 4 Turkey Basters at once!  The use of the baster provided a method to record what measurement of each color is needed to recreate my custom colors.

After returning from “Dino Fest” Angie looked like she had been rolling in the mud.  I used a bucket of water and scrub brush to remove the paint from the event.  I moved Angie around a tree to provide a good use for all the runoff water.  After scrubbing for about 2 hours, I was able to remove about 99% of the caked-on paint.  I decided to let the sun have a few days to bake off the rest.

Early morning a couple of days later, I noticed the dew had loosened the remaining caked-on paint from Angie.  I quickly retrieved a bucket, a couple of scrub brushes and an old toothbrush to take advantage of the situation.  In no time at all the excess paint from the “Dino Fest” Painting Adventure was removed.  The washable water base paints stained the prior painting.  I was tempted to keep the rainbow look by covering with a clear coat.  But, I had a plan for Angie’s final painting before the “Dino Fest” Event that I wish to continue. 

Angie an “Augustynolophus” a California Native, will want to show off that “Golden State Pride”!  Therefore, Angie will receive a great deal of Orange and Yellow.   

We’ll pickup with Angie’s final painting after Our Halloween Fun!

“Encouraging the Appreciation of Art and Education through the Inspiration of Dinosaurs”

Paul & Prehistoric Pals

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