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Old 02-27-2004, 12:40 AM   #11
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Hi Steve,



I saw your paint schemes in your photo album; very cool. Then I saw the photo you posted of Bessie...that's very cool too. Now I think I better hire someone better than me to paint my bus!



I can't really afford that but I might make the paint job a little more interesting now that I've seen yours and Bessie's examples. Thanks for the extra work!
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Old 03-24-2004, 09:39 PM   #12
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Why not Wrap it?

http://www.jsisign.com has inexpensive vinyl in sheets .. you could design a wrap for your bus..just like the "big boys" do, the city buses. Also, from surfing I came across posts from people who paint Art Cars. They use One Touch sign paint, and all seem to swear by it. They almost all use just brushes or rollers. Or you might use part wrap/ part paint.
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Old 11-29-2005, 04:17 PM   #13
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looks like an interesting source for paint

I just came across this online retailer today and he seems to carry the ideal line of paint for schoolies, it's an industrial paint for heavy equipment/tractors but his available colors are a bit wider in selection. the URL is as follows: http://www.autobodysupply.net/store/...A-D6458B2CD638 and the retailer is called "Auto Body Supply, Inc" looks like it may be a winner, and he ships UPS for free on orders over 35 bucks I'm just not sure about Alkyd based paints vs polyurethanes.
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Old 11-29-2005, 04:47 PM   #14
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in talking to the sales person I found this out:

Their sales guy claims that the Alkyd enamel without hardener should last about two years or so while the more expensive polyurethane automotive enamel will last up to 5 years so there's that for you
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Old 11-30-2005, 12:44 PM   #15
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Painting The Bus

If a True Value doesn't stock XO-Rust in gallons or quarts, they can order it; just be aware they may need to order case lots (four cans per case). Now and then it comes up on sale, watch for a flyer....

Tractor Supply Co. (TSC) carries a good supply of tractor/implement paints. Not a huge selection of colors, but hey........Google them for a location near you, cool place! They do catalog too, IIRC!
Maybe Agway carries similar stuff, I don't know.....

Rustoleum is sold in quarts and gallons in many places, including Home Depot. HD usually also sells a 'house brand', but I'm not as happy with that as I am with Rustoleum.

Spray cans can be done, they just take forever, expensive. Pretty convenient, tho! Do a bit at a time; if you only have 15 minutes a day, it can be done! Just watch out you don't spray the neighbor's Mercedes by accident on windy days.
Again, watch for it on sale, and buy it by the case (6 to a case, you'll need LOTS of cans).

Many paints can use brush, roller, or spray. If using a roller, use a LOW NAP roller for the smooth surfaces, and be prepared to overbrush in spots with a hand brush.
Prep by scuffing the area with 3M pads, then wash with PLAIN (not scented) dish detergent and water. When fully dry, you can paint.

Treat rusty spots with POR-15 primer. Good clean metal uses brown primer.
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Old 11-30-2005, 06:46 PM   #16
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speaking of spray paint....
I have never had good luck with cheap spray paint, but I bought some wal-mart colorplace brand for $.96 per can. It works awesome, covers great, looks pretty good. Definitely the best cheap spray paint I have found. I used the flat black on the inside of my windows that I covered. I use the blue color (only one choice) for touchup on my exterior, not exact match, but not too bad.
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Old 11-30-2005, 09:24 PM   #17
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speaking of spray paint....
I have never had good luck with cheap spray paint, but I bought some wal-mart colorplace brand for $.96 per can. It works awesome, covers great, looks pretty good. Definitely the best cheap spray paint I have found.
I agree!


When i wash the exterior of my bus, i use cheap wal-mart spray paint to "touch up" my rims. The gloss black makes my rims look brand new (because they were literally just painted!) It only takes 1 to 2 cans total to do all 4 rims.

I've panted lots of things black with the same paint inside my skoolie too.

However, i'm not convinced that spray paint is the best solution for painting the exterior of the bus. Rims are one thing, but i don't think i'd waste my time painting the body it'self with cans of spray paint.
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