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)