John Wooden once said, “If you don’t have the time to do it right, when will you have the time to do it over?” He was a wise man, and chock full of excellent quotes.
The interesting thing is that everyone has a different definition of “doing things right”. To me, “right” usually equals time-consuming, clean, and pretty. Anything less than perfection is bothersome. To most others, “right” equals quick, cheap, and good enough. Anything more is wasted effort. I have a hunch that the late Mr. Wooden would’ve sided with me on this one, but these days I find myself being forced to let go of the former definition, and thus embracing the latter. It feels strange.
Getting ready to repair one of the rust patches on the roof, I swiped my hand down one of the drip rail channels. To my dismay, chunks of flaking paint came off in my hand. Uh-oh. What have we here? I had only planned to spend a couple hours tonight repairing two small spots near the front of the van, and suddenly I also had to repaint two-thirds of the left channel. You’ll recall that the camper top, which is to be installed on Friday, sits in this channel. Time to hurry things along and aim for a “good enough” repair.
Jef and I worked well into the darkness removing rust and flaking paint, spraying on some primer, and finally spraying on some juicy Dupli-color goodness. The “good enough” part is that we’ve decided to forgo any clear coat in favor of sleep, and any uneven coverage will simply have to be overlooked. It’ll be hidden by the camper top anyway. Mr. Wooden, I’m sorry to disappoint you, but even if it’s not done right, I don’t plan on doing this over.
I’ve been working a lot in Photoshop lately, and I just can’t seem to stop.