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Old 10-31-2008, 03:16 PM   #31
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Re: Painting a bus

Hello, Be careful what you apply as removing paint is a real time intensive effort. I have had great luck with am oil based equipment paint made by Miller. Made in the northwest, it used to come in just a few colors but now can be tinted to whatever you want. Its listed as an equipment paint but keeps its shine for several years and still looks good when it dulls out a bit. I repaint after 4-5 years to keep prep time to a minimum. Another paint to consider is marine boat paint, the "above water line" rated stuff. Its really nice to apply. I use a roller matched to my surface smoothness, keep a small brush handy for those pesky inside corners and try to keep a wet edge or use the seams or corners on the bodywork as stopping and starting points. One last tip, a foam roller, if used over the paint before drying ( when to paint is still sticky)will give the finish a "stipple" look. Kinda bumpy in a weird attractive way. It keeps you from worrying about brush marks and roller edge marks and looks 100% intentional. If you do this, paint the area you have selected as well as possible and then go back with a pretty dry foam roller to give the effect. The foam roller "tugs" at the pain die to its tackiness but the effect settles out and looks great IF you time it right. effectively you are adding a very light layer of fresh paint over the now drying initial coat. NOTE: Practice this technique first as some paints, especially fast drying paints, will WRINKLE is treated this way as the freshest paint dissolves the older paint. In any case, the real point here is that MILLER SPAR ENAMEL seems perfect for painting your bus. Good luck!
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Old 10-15-2015, 01:39 PM   #32
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Originally Posted by vonslatt View Post
I ended up using TrueValue XO Rust and a 3/8" nap roller (the foam roller didn't spread well at all.

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It covered in one coat and 18 months later looks just like it did when I first painted.

Jake, I have a crush on your bus! I'll be using your website tips for most of our conversion - I especially like that the paint job is possible without tons of special skills or equipment. Thanks so much for all the info!
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Old 12-05-2015, 04:33 PM   #33
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Don't want to drive around in a big Twinkie, so I, obviously, must repaint Brunhilde. From the bottom to the bottom rub-rail, I'd like to use bedliner paint. Is this a DIY paint job or should I refer it to an experienced dealer?
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Old 12-05-2015, 05:31 PM   #34
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The bedliner material takes careful prepping. A buddy here did his old Toyota pickup and it started coming off in sheets after a couple of years.
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I've hear of good, great, and bad experiences with bed liner. Some people have said that it holds like a rock and takes a beating like it was nothing and others are able to grab a chip of it and peel it right up. I think it depends on what company you use. I almost did my trucks bed by... i can't remember who at the moment but I can look when i get off work. But they seemed to have very high ratings and looked like it was durable.
You should also think about if you wanted the gritted texture (rubber bits) or the smooth finish on it.
As for a company that will do it for you. Line-X will spray on their brand for you and I have heard good things from their products. (though it could be quite costly to have them do the work for you)
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Old 01-17-2016, 07:42 PM   #36
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Bed liner is very tough stuff but unless the prep is right (like any other finish), it will peel.
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Old 06-25-2016, 08:40 PM   #37
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i have painted travel trailers with a oil base sherwin williams paint ,I didn't intend on it lasting that long was more of a hurry up and paint it for a trip to yellowstone. turns out, 7 yrs later the paint still looks good so I didn't repaint it just added a strip so it wasn't so plane.
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I used Rustoleum Stops-Rust Professional. Got it at Home Despot. I came up with a nice medium green metallic.

I mixed:
1 gallon + 1qt (5qts) Hunter Green
1qt Aluminum Silver
1/2 pint Gloss Black

Sprayed with HVLP gun with the following mix:
5 parts paint
2 parts Acetone
1/3 part Enamel Hardener. (Valspar from Amazon or Magic from Tractor Supply)

The top I just rolled with 1 coat (2 qts) of Rustoleum Almond using a 1/4" nap roller. Worked out pretty good, but should have thinned about 10% w/ Acetone.
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Old 02-02-2017, 08:21 PM   #39
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Painted Bus

Bought this gem ( Blue Bird TC1000 ) from a scrap yard and it was in surprisingly good shape. Took it to bus garage and only had to change the fluids and front tires. Anyway, I took the following steps to get it to its current condition.

-Removed all adhesives from the bus (school bus sticker, reflective tape using combination of eraser wheel on a drill and a heat gun with a puddy knife -just be careful not to scratch paint)

-lightly sanded sides and front of the bus especially the sections where the adhesives were. Used an orbital sander.

-washed throughly light pressure washer nozzle and hand washed small areas.

-Let it dry and removed lights and taped off all areas I didn't want painted (thankfully have a garage to keep in)

-Primed the bus all over dried for a few days

-Painted the top part (gray) first while the bottom was taped. 2 coats

-Next day taped top part and painted two coats bottom part.

-Used a roller on the roof and only did one coat.

-let dry for a day or so and removed taping and put back all of the lights and extras.

-cut out cardboard for wheels and used high temp wheel paint (auto zone).

-Had decals put on (blue-blue bird logo on top and business logo)

Anyway here are the materials I used:
-Kobalt 1.8-HP 20-Gallon 150-PSI 120-Volt Vertical Portable Electric Air Compressor
-NeikoŽ 31215A Air Spray Gun, 40 PSI, HVLP | 1.7mm Spray Nozzle
-Eraser Wheel by Wonder Wheel
-SherKem 400 Primer
-SherKem High Gloss Metal Enamel (Sherwin Williams they were able to color match)
-Sherwin Thiner (can't remember name brand)







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Old 02-02-2017, 08:26 PM   #40
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That looks sharp! Thanks for the step by step tips!
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