The hanging locker is a space that’s been sorely neglected over the years. A lot of work has been done that affects the locker, but nothing has ever been done to finish it off, as with plugs, with cleaning, and with paint. It’s been largely hidden behind a rack of clothing until now.
It’s funny that I hadn’t noticed the state of this locker until I was taking pictures of the interior to add to the sale page. I’d had to remove all of the clothing stored inside, leaving only one PFD. Doing this revealed my neglect. Loose blue paint needed to be scraped off, years of grime needed to be washed away, screw holes needed to be plugged, and the locker needed a few coats of fresh paint.
Cleaning this space has been difficult. It has required a lot of scraping to get the loose blue paint off. Then a lot of washing with TSP to remove all the past years’ accumulation of dirt. Because the locker is behind a door, I have to work in a small cramped space with the door to the saloon closed.
I scraped and got all of the loose blue paint off. Then I washed it some more. I let it dry, then applied a first coat of paint.
Then it’s a matter of giving it a few days to set. I needed to address plugging the screw holes.
Next I applied a second coat of paint after the first coat had dried.
At the same time I started in with the plugs.
After letting the glue set up for these plugs, I returned and knocked them off.
I had to drill out the screw holes in the aft rod holder before I could plug them.
And finally, with the plugs shaved and the rod reinstalled.
Apart from adding some more wire wrap, I’m finished in this locker.