Sanded Space Shuttle Cabinet

First off before sanding, I masked out the inside of both the head and cabinet. As I mentioned in my last post, I decided to keep the insides of these unpainted (as they originally left the Williams factory).

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Time to start sanding and get rid of that old faded paint! Here’s the sander I used, which I borrowed from a friend – a Festool random orbital sander. It’s a simply fantastic tool! It has very little vibration which is easy on your hands, does not leave swirl marks, and it hooks up to a shopvac and sucks up dust as it goes. There’s virtually no dust when using it, it’s just amazing!

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Here goes nothing…

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Wow, no turning back now! Amazing how you can see the original red color come out from underneath the faded top layer. Time to keep going:

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Lather, rinse, repeat… Skipping forward a bit, heres the cabinet and head fully sanded.

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Notice behind the cabinet the piece of cardboard with blue and red paint. Those are the colors I’m planning on using when repainting!

I was excited to make such progress in the day so I kept on going, getting the wood putty out to fill the small nicks in the cabinet. This still needs to be built up a bit more and then sanded, but I’m not far away from being able to prime everything!

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