With the threat of rain I rushed tidying the post up...and it shows.
Originally there was something "red" on the bare steel post. I want to say red oxide but I don't think it was. I gave it a coat of something grey since then. So a quick sand with 80 grit and wipe with white spirit:
Then Pro Cote Cold Galv Spray from T'station.
It's reacted but not sure whether with the red or grey...
Half wondering whether to let this dry then take it all off with a cup brush back to bare metal and etch prime?
Spent a bit more time prepping the other post top. Cup brush in the grinder. Difficult getting in round the back/underneath so those bits less than perfect. Couldn't get right in either where the post goes into the pillar:
Kept wiping down with Lidl's finest thinners and the rag kept coming up grey:
I'm going to roller paint the primed steel with Bedec Barn Paint i.e the same as what's on the gate. Reckon I'll end up stripping and redoing that first one this afternoon.
I really must remake these "temporary" rollers I fitted. They squeal like a piggy on occasion. Just some reinforced hose "tyres", on some nylon, on stainless bolts. One side are just worn flat now!
The temporary "plates" are offcuts of Buffalo board (with a groove filed in for the box seam). I did way back have some 20mm st/st squares plasma cut for these but the sides are so out of square I never bothered using them. Need to square them up.
Tbh the gate only runs on the left hand pair and the hose "tyres" on those are worn flat. I guess where they stopped rolling. Maybe the nylon has swelled around the bolt?
Didn't do much tonight, lost my homemade Starrett adapter so had to drive to my mates to get the one I made him. He couldn't find it but did find another obscure bit of steel I gave him years back which has a 1/2" UNF 20tpi thread...that'll do. All will be revealed!