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Old 08-08-2008, 01:26 PM   #21
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try the paint store for mistakes/colors that wern't right, and have them mix or retint mistakes into a color that you like. $ discount prices are better than the paint store having to throw the paint out and pay disposal fees. get a color wheel and you can figure out what color you will end up with or at least what direction you will be going.
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Old 08-08-2008, 07:45 PM   #22
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Can you use an oil based house paint ?
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Old 08-09-2008, 08:40 AM   #23
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house paints typically don't have a high gloss hard finish that you are going to want on a vehicle to seal out road dirt and grease to say nothing about 60 mph insects committing suicide on the front of your bus.
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Old 08-10-2008, 11:58 AM   #24
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wagner power painter.......

i know there was some discussion about using one of these a while back, and havn't heard how it turned out. I just bought a fancy wagner airless sprayer, the kind where the hose is separate from the power unit. it did a fantastic job on the interior of my house, and it also sais it can be used with any kind of paint. I think i'm gonna try it on a vehicle soon just to see how it does. It seems to spray super nice, i can't immagine that it wouldn't do an excellent job on a skoolie. and no paint thinner required! the latex house paint i used was the thickest paint i've ever sprayed. i'm in love with this wagner.
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Old 08-18-2008, 05:39 PM   #25
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What i do, at least when my big fan is broke is take a big push broom and dip it in paint then i hold it up while someone drives the bus back and forth
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Old 08-21-2008, 08:50 PM   #26
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Re: Painting a bus

Junkyardkid

That is a great idea. I like to use one of those pumps that go on an electric drill a couple of lengths of garden hose and a lawn sprinkler. just suck the paint out of the can with one hose run it through the drill powered pump to the sprinkler sitting on top of the bus.

permanent markers are another option....unfortunately the carpel tunnel syndrome really slowed that process down.

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Old 08-22-2008, 12:42 AM   #27
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Just an update on our paint (Olympic Alkyd from Lowes), one year later. It has held up great. We touched up the scratched spots with a brush. It hid the brush marks well. Really easy. We did notice that the new paint kept it's shine. When we painted it originally, it rained about 10 minutes later and dulled out the paint. I think we're going to hit it again with high density rollers to give it a shine.

It's far from the luster that you would get with an Acrylic Enamel (auto body paint). It was ubber cheap <$300 for the whole bus. You can get Enamels cheap thoough also. I would still try Enamel if I did another one, but for cheap and simple, this has been ok.
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Old 10-29-2008, 03:27 PM   #28
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After sanding every square inch of its supple curves and wiping down with acetone I used the Industrial Enamel Sherwin-Williams peddles. Through a gun, 2 gallons of primer and we got two coats in with 3 gals. of color. It turned out great. I couldn't imagine it being any better or cheaper.

Very smooth, very shiny, and stuck like it should.
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Old 10-30-2008, 03:57 PM   #29
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It looks groovy also!
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oh yea sketchbang i love it she sure took alot of paint is the drivers seat up there nice timbuk
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