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Old 12-01-2017, 02:51 PM   #1
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Painting - inside and out

What is the best paint to use inside for ceiling, window frames etc?
And for the outside? Paint that will stand up to travel, heat, rain etc?
I would like to add some custom images to the outside. What's the best paint to use for that?
I didn't see a discussion on this in the forums. If there is one, could someone point me in that direction?
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Old 12-01-2017, 03:14 PM   #2
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Interior Metal Paint

For my floor and any metal surface on the interior of the bus, I've used Rustoleum High Performance Metal Primer. Oil based paints adhere the best to metal and especially in areas that are rusty or prone to rust, I'm happy to spend the money and time to do it right and never worry about it again. I did extensive pre-treating too. On the floor I'm also going to put down an enamel topcoat.

As far as exterior paint for artsy stuff goes, I don't know. I'm planning on doing some minimal vinyls on the exterior.
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Old 12-01-2017, 04:56 PM   #3
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Oil-based enamels.

Rustoleum makes a whole range of colors for tractors and other heavy equipment. They can be sprayed, brushed or rolled on.
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Agreed, Rustoleum is pretty much the go to paint for most of us. Car paints are crazy expensive but adhere well. They say it's all in the prep.
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Rustoleum. With a hardener. And thinned a bit.
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If garage kept rustoleum will work well. Of course most of us keep them outside. From my experience painting railroad cars rustoleum lasts about two years before fading. Buffing and waxing will help. I have been using Interlux topside polyurethane (boat paint) lately and this gives a very nice finish, and is longer lasting by a good bit over rustoleum. I have been using this paint on boats for some time now,as I am a boat builder by trade. Figure about $120 a gallon.I know not cheap, but with all the prep work for me it is worth it not to repaint every few years. It can be rolled or brushed on.
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For graphics, my wife does all her sign painting in "One Shot" sign paint, really great stuff, and lots of colors to choose from. Brush or roll on.
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Here in Oklahoma, new buses from the factory are fading in two years.
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a tale of 2 busses!! prep work is everything!! my DEV bus was painted with a single stage urethane paint... the dealer did a huge amount of prep work to it... ive had that bus 19 months now and its paint is holding up very well.. ..

my red bus was painted by a bus painter.. that did clean and go over the original paint with block sanding and some chemicals.. it is base / clear.. and it likes to chip off.. esp the fiberglass hood.. these guys are super cool and never charge me to fix it back up.. however the base / clear doesnt seem to be holding up near as well as the single stage. it does shine fantastic though..
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If garage kept rustoleum will work well. Of course most of us keep them outside. From my experience painting railroad cars rustoleum lasts about two years before fading. Buffing and waxing will help. I have been using Interlux topside polyurethane (boat paint) lately and this gives a very nice finish, and is longer lasting by a good bit over rustoleum. I have been using this paint on boats for some time now,as I am a boat builder by trade. Figure about $120 a gallon.I know not cheap, but with all the prep work for me it is worth it not to repaint every few years. It can be rolled or brushed on.
That's a great idea! I don't mind paying the extra price. I figure I'm already saving over a couple thousand dollars doing it myself and having a blast in the process. Besides, I need the added exercise with my arms.

A couple hundred additional dollars spent in paint that will last longer will be worth it by not having to paint the bus as often.



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