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Old 11-30-2003, 07:35 PM   #1
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When to paint

When you finnaly get your bus I would suggest to paint it as soon as possible. Remove the seats and then you will be able to conncentrate on the interior. I started with removing my seats and working on the inside, then painting then the inside . Paint first that way you can drive it around.



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Old 12-01-2003, 07:17 AM   #2
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Greetings,

I am waiting for a little while.

I still have vents and doors to cut thru the outside, so I will wait a little while so I don't mess up the paint job doing so.

Also, I will be painting outside, so the timing (read that as weather) has to be right!
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Old 01-08-2004, 08:48 PM   #3
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Re: When to paint

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I started with removing my seats and working on the inside, then painting then the inside . Paint first that way you can drive it around.


What did you paint the inside with? How did it turn out?
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Old 02-19-2004, 09:32 PM   #4
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Hi all,



I'd really like it if some of y'all jumped in on the tutorial section and wrote up something on painting the outside of your bus. I know if you've done it you think "big deal" but to those of us with no experience doing this sort of thing it would really be helpful.



Questions I have:



- How to prep the yellow paint

- What primer, if any, to use

- What paint system is good

- Roll or brush or spray



And anything else I can't ask about 'cause I don't know enough to ask !
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Old 02-19-2004, 10:47 PM   #5
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I painted my bus on Jan 1st, 2003. The high temp here in Michigan was approximately 37 degrees. I had owned my new project for about 2 or 3 weeks, and wanted to get it painted as soon as possible.



I went to my local sherwin-williams paint store for the product to use on both the interior and exterior of my bus. Automotive paint would be far too expensive for the amount of surface area that i needed to cover. (sherwin williams if you dont' know is primarily a home paint store) The gentleman at the paint store was very helpful. Not only did i find a paint that can be applied in temps as low as 35 degrees F, but it was rather inexpensive too. The www link to the product evades me! The gallon container reads: Chemical Coatings Quick Dry Enamel. It's akrilic based, and also bears the sherwil williams logo. I think it took about three gallons to cover the bus. I started with the roof to allow me to get aquainted with the paint sprayer. I figured if i messed up, the roof was the least likely place for people to notice.



I used Chemical Coatings Quick Dry primer under the paint. Scuffing the yellow paint was recommended, but i did not do this, I was fighting time before the temp dropped below freezing.



I've had to touch up a few places over the past year. The paint job would have been much better if the temp was higher, the air was dryer, and teh yellow paint had been scuffed prior to application. Overall, I'm happy with the paint job.
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Old 02-19-2004, 11:04 PM   #6
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My bus just after being painted.





I believe spraying is a better alternative to other methods of painting. I bought my paint sprayer from Wal-mart for cheap. It was less than 50 bucks.



If you don't have an air compressor, you can utilize the air system on your skoolie. simply unscrew the drain valve on the bottom of one of your air tanks. Add a "T", replace the drain valve, and add a quick disconnect for an air hose. (make sure to use pipe dope on all fittings) The air hose can be kept in your tool kit for later use. ie: filling tires to the proper pressure, launching your pnumatic potato launcher, filling air matresses ect.



If you're going to use the skoolie air for painting, you should also add an inline air filter to keep out some of the ickyness.
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i'm on a roll, why stop now??



I painted the inside of my bus with paint that required warmer temps. The inside did not get painted until we had a warm spell. I had insulated, added the flooring (except carpet) installed the wallboard, ran the electrical ect while waiting for the weather to cooperate.



One note: I foolishly had my inverter running while painting the interior. I used a sprayer, which gave a nice apearance, but the toxic atmosphere left something to be desired! Even though the inverter was well protected from direct spray/overspray, the internal cooling fan found a way to inhale the atomized paint droplets into the inverter causing total thermal nuclear meltdown. That was the first of many inverters that i ruined during the ongoing bus project.



Hope you find this info helpful
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Thanks so much for the great information; it really helps to get a handle (and the thought process going) on the project.



After having the bus sit next to my business/home (commercial building) since late October I have decided that one of the first things I need to do is paint it. There seems to be a considerable amount of indecisiveness in the household (and there are only two of us!) about just what the inside of the bus is going to be like. I think I'll get the outside done and keep the inside simple until the path becomes clearer (i.e. - she makes up her mind ).
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After having the bus sit next to my business/home (commercial building) since late October I have decided that one of the first things I need to do is paint it. There seems to be a considerable amount of indecisiveness in the household (and there are only two of us!) about just what the inside of the bus is going to be like. I think I'll get the outside done and keep the inside simple until the path becomes clearer (i.e. - she makes up her mind ).


One of the first things I needed to do is paint the outside because of where I keep it also. Like everyone I was undecided about how to paint it. I took a picture of it and then used the program Adobe PhotoShop to color the bus various colors. The layers feature in PhotoShop makes it look very realistic. Take a look at some of my examples here:



http://www.skoolie.net/bus/color.html
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After reading a lot about painting from experienced skoolies, I decided to foam-roller paint, using X-O-Rust from a True Value Hardware store. Great. Now I just have to find a True Value in the Great State of New Jersey that even carries the stuff. When I finally did fine one, they only carry the spray cans, not the full gallons that we skoolies need.
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