My Auto Darkening Welding Mask Paint Job

Wow it’s been forever since I posted on here, much to my dismay. Now that the brunt of Winter is over and it is starting to warm up again, I’ve started working on some smaller projects. Sorry no video’s for the next couple of projects; this one doesn’t really warrant a video and I plainly forgot on the next one. So consider them just small updates.

First things firsts, I upgraded my auto-darkening welding mask with a new paint job. From this …



… to this …



The steps were really easy, hence why no video.

  1. Remove all removable parts. This includes all screens, screws and the head brace. Get it down to raw plastic with nothing else.
  2. Remove all stickers. As you can see from the top photo there is a black sticker with some yellow stripes, underneath the adjustable knob. The internal stickers don’t matter so much.
  3. Block up all the holes with tape and cardboard. I didn’t want to paint the inside of my mask (what is the point right?). Do this from the back, and for where the main piece of glass is in the front, I just cut out a piece of cardboard the same size and slotted it in. I recommend using thin card, like a breakfast cereal box or something.
  4. Sand it. No doubt your mask will be as smooth as a babies behind. Which inherently, is not so good for paint to stick to. Rough it up, to give the paint something to stick to. I just use my hand with some 120 grit.
  5. Primer. Some people use white, I used grey. I gave the helmet, 3 coats of grey primer, with a hand sanding of 120 grit between coats.
  6. Paint it. I like green, so I painted mine helmet green. Also being an Australian, I figured green and gold would look cool. Put on 3 coats of your base colour, again sanding between each coat.
  7. Now comes the gold. So apparently good glitter spray is hard to come by, so I did some research and apparently the Rust-Oleum 267689 Gold Glitter is the best to use. It’s also extremely hard to find in Australia! For those who are interested, I eventually found some here
  8. BUT BE CAUTIOUS WITH THE GLITTER. It comes out thick and fast and can easily cover up other colours, just distance as you spray to help even it out and do the spraying somewhere you don’t care that glitter gets to.
  9. After the glitter had dried I simply gave a generous helping of clear, high gloss, quick drying enamel. Again 3 coats with half hour drying time between.
1949 Fordson Major, Model E27N, Type 4.3 (Low Top Gear Ratio)

The Roger May Machinery Museum and Cart Shed

Today, my family and I went to the Pinjarra Festival. To my unexpected delight there was an open museum which had a plethora of old machines, pumps and engines, most restored and in working order and some still in progress. Look at these beautiful tractors, then check out my video below. Enjoy!

1949 Fordson Major, Model E27N, Type 4.3 (Low Top Gear Ratio)
1949 Fordson Major, Model E27N, Type 4.3 (Low Top Gear Ratio)
1949 John Deere, Model D, 42HP (Clydesdales)
1949 John Deere, Model D, 42HP (Clydesdales)

Here is my spur of the moment video. I do apologise that it was recorded with my phone in the vertical position.

Callipers, Hammers and Handles

Old Tools, Flea Market Finds

Last weekend

We went to a flea market in Melville. I love old tools and managed to pick up some great finds. I don’t see a purpose of buying brand new tools when there are plenty of perfectly fine working ones available for a good price.

I got this bench grinder for $20.

Bench Grinder


He also threw in an electric eraser for free. Yes you read that correctly, an electric eraser. Basically you put the rubber in the tip and when you pick it up and hold it like a pen it turns on and spins the eraser around very fast.

From another seller I picked up all these files, some for wood and some  for metal! Again, I got all of these for $20. While they came with no handles I didn’t see that as a problem. I could always make my own if I needed to.


We went back to the market. I was trying to find maybe an old drill press or small table saw. However when looking around at all stalls, I spotted and managed to get this haul. File handles, a couple of hammers that I don’t have any like and some outside callipers. $20.

Callipers, Hammers and HandlesThe handles came in very handy for last weeks file finds as you can see below. They don’t all fit perfectly, but they fit tight enough to be usable. I’ll probably change some around as I find more handles.

Files with HandlesLastly, for $50 I managed to get this 16 inch Scroll Saw, according to the wife whom I bought this from, her husband bought this on a whim, unpacked it and left it in his shed and never used it, not even once. The rust you see on it is just surface rust and will be easily cleaned off, it also came with all the parts and spare blades. A pretty good find if you ask me, I love  a good flea market!

Scroll Saw





Car Track Close Up

Quick & Easy Car Track

This project was inspired by a drawing of my daughters.

Daughters Drawing


It needed to be quick to make, easy to make, and not cost a fortune. I wanted them to be able to use it today, within a few hours.


I went to Bunnings and got a piece of plyboard (900 x 600 x 12 mm) and two different shades of green, high gloss, enamel spray paint. I also had a roll of road tape that was excellently given to my Son as a present and came in very handy for this project.

Parts RequiredThe process

First I gave the plywood a light sanding with 240 grit, just to get the small defects out, stuff that may splinter.

Once sanded and wiped down it was a simple case of spraying the entire surface with 3 coats of the darker shade of green. The paint I used said allow for half hour drying.

The reason I used the dark green paint first was because, in my opinion, typically there are lighter bits on grass that are usually grass clippings, dried leaves or other such debris. They show up as lighter than the grass.

Once the the last coat of the dark green had dried it was time for the light green. This was a bit more tricky to do as I wanted contrast and not just another even coat of a different green on top.

So first I went around the board, holding the can quite high up and sprayed erratically. Moving the can up and down gave me the varied dense and sparse spatter groupings.

Still not pleased with the final effect, I ever so gently pressed down on the spray nozzle which brought up the paint but didn’t have enough power to actually break it down into mist. This gave me bigger spots of light colour and a much greater variety in contrast.

The GrassNow that the “grass” was finished I could very simply take the road tape and apply it as I saw fit. I went for a simple cross and square track, which gave plenty of space for the many cars my children have, you know, and to eliminate traffic jams. It also gave them places to put houses and trees.

The finished product!

Car Track Car Track Close Up