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Old 04-28-2010, 05:38 PM   #61
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Well, weather, family, and IRS have all conspired to keep me from getting much sanding or painting done, but we tested a small section to see if we liked the colors. The middle color is a bit too light, and I am not convinced I like the grey band at the bottom, but the chocolate color is good. I will be sanding it down and spraying it when we get serious about it, this was brushed on full strength, and it leaves ripples and stuff. Not a huge deal, but we will borrowed a sweet airless sprayer from my father in law, and when we can afford the rest of the paint, and have time to sand and mask, that's the way we will be going.
I am pretty sure we are going to bring the chocolate color down another five or six inches, but the contour is remaining the same. We think. Dunno.
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Old 04-28-2010, 06:57 PM   #62
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I like the design artwork you are testing there. Brown looks good on skoolies too (although I am a little biased) Mine has been described as being the color of soft serve ice cream, and also some other shades I can't repeat here Bottom line is do it the way you want and that will make you smile when its all done.
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Old 04-30-2010, 07:38 AM   #63
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It would be difficult, my entire driveway is under two huge maple trees. On one hand, it's great because it keeps the vehicles cool in the summer. On the other hand, it's a pain, like now, because they both drop sap on the vehicles. Especially now, because I am about to paint.
I have hit that area with a sander, as of last night, along with almost the entire drivers side of the bus. Going to start masking and spraying soon, starting tonight and continuing Saturday afternoon. I am instructing a clinic on Saturday for climbing trees, plus it is the 10th anniversary of Geocaching, so I have to attend an event nearby.
There will be some better overall pictures when I get some of that work started.
Also, I was wasting time and killing myself unnecessarily using just sandpaper to get all the ridges and ribs. I was at Menard's the other day, and found some plastic wire cup brushes and other attachments that fit into the drill. Oh baby, that's the way to go. I used the Med/Fine brush and it does a fantastic job of scuffing the paint to prep it for covering with Rustoleum. I borrowed a sweet airless sprayer, and am going to give it a shot this weekend.
I wish I was getting some help with some of this, but so far it's only been a few minutes here, and a few minutes there.

That was one of the brushes I got, it's good for getting into the tighter areas, the other was like a drum shape, hard to describe. It was better suited to the ribs and more open areas, as it covered a larger area.

Whee! Soon it will not be as yellow.
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Old 04-30-2010, 07:40 AM   #64
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Also, I plan on painting the aluminum bits of the windows, save for the tracks or anywhere it would gum up the works. Any reason not to? There is a lot of shiny aluminum, and I don't really care for it against the dark brown. I tested a bit, and it seemed to stick just fine. All the aluminum is in good shape, no corrosion, so I didn't think it would be a problem. Trying to make the windows disappear as much as possible, without removing them, because I like all the light.
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Old 04-30-2010, 10:53 AM   #65
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On the window frames, most manufacturers offer a black-frame option. They just paint the aluminum flat black before putting the windows together. The bus I drive at work has that, and the black has been peeling off since it was about 4 years old and it looks horrible. Probably inadequate prep, just be careful. They look great if you do them right.
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Old 04-30-2010, 12:04 PM   #66
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Dented, thanks for the tip on the drill attachments! I'll keep my eye out for something like that. I'm hoping to avoid any hand sanding. BTW - way to put the kid to work! Ha Ha, the drill looks huge in her little hands!
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Just prep the window frames good and use a primer for aluminum. I used self-etching satin black automotive trim paint. They look great, especially with tinted windows.
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Dented, thanks for the tip on the drill attachments! I'll keep my eye out for something like that. I'm hoping to avoid any hand sanding. BTW - way to put the kid to work! Ha Ha, the drill looks huge in her little hands!
It's only the 14.4 volt unit too! I gave her the 18volt first, but she had trouble putting it against the metal in any useful way.

I will take the advice to heart regarding the aluminum. I will work to find some appropriate paint. I will tape them off for now, I hope to start spraying this weekend, as long as the wind stays calm, which it hasn't been lately.
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...I will take the advice to heart regarding the aluminum. I will work to find some appropriate paint. I will tape them off for now...
Give them a real good scrubbing with some steel wool right before you paint them. It will get the last of the oxidation off and let the paint stick a lot better. I didn't do that to some of my windows and now I get to do them again.
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Steel wool is a bit harsh, but works...a coarse (red?) Scotch-Brite pad might work without the risk of damaging glass.
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