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Old 02-03-2017, 05:04 PM   #51
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I really wish i had a clean spot to paint.. its the one aspect of vehicle building ive really never gotten the hang of... I can put a transmission together on a bench but ask me to pick up a spray gun and im gonna look at you wierd...

do people ever shoot busses outside or is it required to have a clean ventilated paint booth to get a decent paint job?
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Old 02-03-2017, 05:30 PM   #52
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Spray pavement with a garden hose to keep dust down and look for a still day. I've hung a huge tarp to keep drafts at bay when painting Army trucks.

Some folks think doing it the right way is too much bother or expensive. Removing peeling paint and reapplying is work, at least in my book.
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Old 02-03-2017, 06:07 PM   #53
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Removing peeling paint and reapplying is work, at least in my book.
Yeah, I'd rather not have to re-work a paint job every few years to keep it looking decent.

Has anyone used LVLP sprayers? They seem to be set up similarly to HVLP paint sprayers but are designed to run on 5-6 CFM of air. To me, that implies that they are targeted for users who don't have 220v air compressors, as 6+/- CFM seems to be about the upper limit of 110v compressors.

I'm wondering if LVLP units might be a good compromise between professional shop gear and hobby junk.
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Old 02-03-2017, 06:22 PM   #54
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air requirements HVLP

Found this

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**Also, I highly recommend visiting the benjaminmoore website**

I used this site to try out different color schemes to see what I liked best before I painted the bus. As you can see in the picture below I have the same colors I used, but it was before I actually painted the bus. You can see in the picture I have not yet removed the school bus sticker on the front.

You just upload a picture and highlight the different areas you want painted and you can try different color schemes. I have used this painting rooms as well. Such a great free tool!

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Old 02-23-2017, 12:43 PM   #56
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Thanks Rainman! My wife is a "visual" person and can't imagine until she sees it. I was looking at trying to MS paint a pic but this looks like it will do a much better job!
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Old 03-31-2017, 10:14 PM   #57
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Does anyone have experience with Rustoleum's farm and implement paint?

https://www.rustoleum.com/product-ca...ment-brush-on/
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Old 08-28-2017, 11:24 AM   #58
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My experience with painting...

1. Prime it. Unless your paint is in really good shape just prime the whole dang thing. I used about 5 cans Rustoleum auto primer hitting all the rust spots, chips and where we sanded down to metal and covered a lot of real estate. It would have taken a lot less mental energy to just prime the whole thing. Also, the paint went on so much smoother and we got sooo much better coverage where we primed.

2. Spray it. Holy nooks and crannies.... It was ridiculously tedious trying to get into the the cracks and trying to wedge a brush between a light and a piece of fiberglass. It took 11 hours to paint our bus and I bet we would have spent a fraction of that time for the additional taping and masking. (We didn't spray because of overspray issues.)

3. Xylene is your friend. Don't be afraid of solvents. They make the job so much easier. I am a super greenie and alway use zero VOC latex so this was a big lesson for me. Just mask up and glove up and that stuff is like magic for thinning and cleaning up.

4. Look for a deal. We scored some $150 a gallon two part automotive/marine paint from a Sherwan Williams Industrial store for $25 a gallon. It was "expired". The manager said he couldn't sell it to anyone for commercial use. The stuff is amazing and I highly recommend looking for a deal like this. The sheen is so much better than the Rustoleum that everyone is using.
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