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Old 02-03-2006, 08:40 AM   #11
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I've seen some posts where folks rolled the paint on the bus. How does that compare to spraying it on?

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Old 02-03-2006, 04:07 PM   #12
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I think it depends on the look. I did a satin paint with a roller and it gave a really nice looking texture.
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Old 02-03-2006, 05:32 PM   #13
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one more ?

Did you use automotive paint?

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Old 02-16-2006, 08:25 PM   #14
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On our first skoolie we painted the yellow roof with white Cool Seal roofing paint and it realy kept the interior cooler. Our latest bus already came with a factory white roof.
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Old 03-26-2006, 03:40 PM   #15
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Michigan law states that a skoolie can not be yelllow with black stripes. It can be all yellow though. As far as the flashers go, they can't be connected. On my bus I just painted the black stripes yellow and don't turn on the lights when I'm on the road. I've driven all over the state and to several bars with out ever being pulled over.
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Old 03-26-2006, 04:37 PM   #16
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Here's the lowdown I got from UTB when I bought my bus. I don't take this to be law, but from the years of experience the guy has, it seems reasonable.

The bus cannot be NSBC or any other shade of yellow that might easily be confused. Also, all markings that say school bus or a district must be removed. He also recommended against putting something like "Cool Bus" on the panel between the 8 ways as this could be misconstrued from a distance.

The stop sign must be removed. In addition, the 8 ways may not function and must either be blacked out or covered up. He was unsure as to whether or not putting floodlights on the rear and driving lights on the ront was legal. He was also unsure if wiring them up so the rears were all read turn and brake signals and the fronts were all amber turn signals would be legal due to height and confusion.

Also, as long as the bus was still yellow (when I drove it home and for the time being), I need to stop at ALL railroad crossings in the state and put on my flashers. It is illegal for a vehicle that looks like a bus to blow by apparently. The fine is steep if a cop or railroad personal catch just you. If they think you endangered anyone else's life (passengers or otherwise) it quickly rises.

I think he was really just giving me a good heads up. I haven't had a problem yet, but I haven't driven much either. I have noticed people waving to me and smiling a lot as I pass them on the 2 lane backroads, especially in the morning and afternoon so I think that people still mistake it for being an actual school bus, nevermind the lack of 8 way lights or school bus markings. Basically....I don't want to tempt fate.
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Old 03-26-2006, 06:27 PM   #17
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I just drove my bus on a 3,200 mile trip with nothing more then black paint over the school district name to distingush it from an actual school bus. It even says "school bus" on the front & back & my 8 ways still opperational. I even used the 8 ways while parking on the beach, so people wouldn't try to drive around me while I was jockying it into a spot. There were even times when a cop car happened to be behind me in traffic & they never even gave me a 2nd look.

I do plan to paint it as soon as the weather gets warmer anyway, but just wanted to let you all know that cops don't really seem to pay any attention to us skoolies.
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Old 03-28-2006, 10:14 AM   #18
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This is the proverbial run-around-the-bushes discussion. For those of us in the U.S. there are 50 different answers to the question of what's legal and what's not. Only learning what your State's requirements are will answer the question specifically.

I certainly would not use any one person's experience with their specific situation as a guidline for what's acceptable and what isn't. I live in Washington State and I drove my bus home from Colorado. My State requires that the "Stop" sign on the side be removed and that no red lights show to the front of the vehicle (like the front top flashers). I didn't know those things when I brought the bus home and I didn't really have time to do it anyway. I never got a second glance (even with no plates on the bus (I did have temp with me)) but I would never suggest to anyone that they should do the same just because law enforcement didn't bother me on this trip.

There's nothing particularly difficult about complying with the state laws for your State regarding color and/or equipment. Seems like a no-brainer to me.
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Old 03-28-2006, 02:54 PM   #19
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I would never suggest to anyone that they should do the same just because law enforcement didn't bother me on this trip.
Me neather, I was just pointing out that in most cases noone gives school busses a 2nd look.
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phillbus914,

It wasn't my intention to remark specifically on your post; it was just suppossed to be a general observation.

Just now when I read through the thread I definitely see how you thought I meant to address your post.

I apologize for not making my self more clear; it wasn't my intention to invalidate your observations.
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