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Old 10-14-2009, 12:30 PM   #51
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Its 5% limo tint, so it should help quite a bit with the heat in the bus.
Another real nice heat reduction inside a bus can be had with 3M glass bubbles used as a paint additive. I was able to reduce the daytime temp inside my bus by 10 degrees with the additive and some extremely bright white paint.

Here is a write-up about it from my bus conversion log;

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I chose Sherman Williams brand paint Steel Master 9500 in “Extra White” color for the roof at $45.00 per gallon. To this I added 3M glass beads and some mineral spirits. I then sprayed the bus's roof with two coats of the insulating paint.

As an insulating paint additive I ordered 5 quarts of 3M Glass Beads from U.S. Composites for $9.75. With shipping the order was under $20.00 and it arrived in about 3 or 4 day's time.

I mixed 10-ounces of powder and a half-cup of Mineral Spirits per gallon of paint. The glass bubbles are a very, very fine powder and I highly recommend wearing a mask when working with them.

I ordered Product number FL-3M050 3M Glass bubbles paint additive for my bus but larger or smaller containers are available.

I sprayed the roof with an Airless paint sprayer. An Airless pumps pure paint (material) without mixing it with air so it is not made for applying paint to metal surfaces. One has to be extremely careful of applying to much paint to quickly thus creating runs. Using this method I was able to get two heavy coats of material on the roof of the bus. I also had to sand out some runs between coats and I now have a couple more runs that need to be addressed before I can call the roof "finished".

The 3M Glass Bead paint additive leaves a fine suede like finish on the painted surface. I am very pleased with it. Not only does it look good but it will also aid in hiding a few minor sheet metal blemishes underneath the paint.

The bright white paint and 3M glass bead additive has made a noticeable difference in the interior temperature of the bus. When the bus was the original yellow color during the warm part of the day the roof metal was hot to the touch. Now the roof metal stays cool to the touch all day long.

I have also been monitoring the interior temperature of the bus and I have noticed about a 10-degree drop in temperature during the hottest part of the day.
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Old 10-15-2009, 12:35 AM   #52
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Another real nice heat reduction inside a bus can be had with 3M glass bubbles used as a paint additive. I was able to reduce the daytime temp inside my bus by 10 degrees with the additive and some extremely bright white paint.
Well my bus is going to be used for a very specific reason, so the paint job is gonna be pretty wild. So I will not be painting the roof white. I would like to, it just wont work with what I am doing. So I am trying to keep the temp down as much as possible without that. I will talk to my painter friend and see if the glass beads would work with auto paint though. I like the idea.

Today went well. Started with a trip to Lowes, then to Home Depot, then back to Lowes. Forgot things and needed stuff the other didnt have. Finally got to bus with my floor plywood and foam. My pickup is a short bed, but she works pretty well still.



First I finished the second wheel well box. Started cutting the insulation to fit. I was originally gonna get 1/2" but the 3/4" steps the R-Factor up by 2 points, only cost about $2 more a sheet, and only makes me loose 1/4" in height. Seemed like the smart move, so I did it. Used a razor and it worked pretty well. The rear piece was the hardest. Had to fit with the door and rear corner curves. Then went in between the pieces and all the edges with some foil tape. Went pretty well.





Only got the rear half foam laid before I got way to excited. i had to lay some plywood and see how it looked. Cutting the rear piece for that sucked. But I got it done pretty well. I used two drills. One drilled pilot holes, the second sunk the wood to metal screws. Went in really well, and is solid. No squeaking, and it feels really solid.





Got dark when I had 3 sheets laid. So I didn't get to finish it all. The rear half is done. Tomorrow I finish the front half. Then finish tinting the windows and start framing out the walls. Gotta order the roof ac too. Way too much to do.
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Old 10-16-2009, 09:36 PM   #53
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Read thru all your posts since we last talked, making great progress Johnny!!

FINALLY got DSL hooked up today so we are back online!

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Old 10-17-2009, 04:34 PM   #54
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Jonathan!!! Your back....nice. Well get your work done so I can hear all about your NM adventures so far.
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Old 10-22-2009, 12:51 AM   #55
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Lookin' good Johnny! Looks like ya got a nice shady spot to work in. Wished I was insulating & sheeting mine.
Can't recall if you mentioned what you're laying as your finished floor, and it's hard to see in the pics, but if you have divets from knots, you may want to mix-up some body-filler to smooth them out so they don't show-up in the finished floor.
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Thanks man. Yeah, I have a great spot to work on it. Shade is definitely needed here in Florida I am gonna be throwing some body filler in just a couple of the knots. Mostly it just looks like there are a lot of them. I am doing the carpet for right now. Will eventually go with wood floor, but on this first tour the carpet is the best way to go. Once it becomes a normal camping skoolie it will get the wood floor.

So bear with me today I have a ton of pics. I know some of you hate ebay, but I have always had a great experience, and it came through once again. These are pics of some of my new goodies that all came in today. And a couple pics of the new chest freezer bought at Target. Would have more pics of the bus, but havent been there in a couple days because my truck broke down. Got fixed today, so tomorrow I am back at work in the bus. Oh, she will have a name by next Wednesday too. If you want to vote on the name we are gonna go with just go to www.bikeforthelight.com and vote. All the names were submitted in a contest over the past month. There were even a couple of you guys that submitted names. Anyways, on to the hoards of pics.

Here are pics of my new Elixir Power Converter/Charger. Picked this bad boy up on ebay for $109 with free shipping. Gotta love it. Its a 45 amp unit, which is plenty for what I am planning. Its a brand new unit and came in original packaging with manual and everything.





Here are pics of my new Elixir Automatic Line/Generator Switch. Ebay again for only $49 with free shipping. Its a 30 amp unit. Plenty for the use I am using it for. It is not going to be going in between the shore/genny and power converter. Instead it is going in between my wall outlets and the power converter/external inverter. That way when I am boondocking I can run my wall outlets without having to move plugs around. All I have to do is turn on the inverter and the switch makes my outlets receive power from the inverter instead of the non-existent shore powered converter. If you look back to my wiring diagram earlier you will see what I mean.




This was my favorite buy because it was the best deal. This was a lot of 10 ceiling 12 volt lights. I bought 3 of these new last year for about $15 a piece for my rv. I got all 10 of these for $50 with shipping. Great deal. They are bright, work great, and I can replace bulbs with led's if I want. I will do that incrementally because they aren't cheap.




Ok, here is the last thing. If you have followed the discussion on the other page about chest freezers, here is the new purchase. Still need to run my tests on it. Haven't been able to find my thermometer to run a proper test. I will be running this with a thermostat power switch so it runs like a fridge. It was a great buy for me. I was gonna get a 5 cu ft unit, but was sacrificing my layout for it because it was just 4 inches too wide. I think this slightly smaller unit will be the perfect fit now for me to put in my original layout. The loss of space is fine for me. My old rv fridge was only 3 cu ft and it was plenty. This was bought at Target for $160. $20 less than the 5 cu ft one too. Saved cash. Gotta love that.





So there are my new toys. Tomorrow I am back to building. Too bad all these new toys have to just sit there till I get more building done. Gives me motivation to finish up quicker I guess.
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Old 10-22-2009, 12:39 PM   #56
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Wow Johnny good scores on the new goodies! See you did decide to get the lights... Let me know how they are once you hook them up...Thinking of using something simliar for the 12V side of the cabin. Making good progress!
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Old 10-22-2009, 11:58 PM   #57
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Wow Johnny good scores on the new goodies! See you did decide to get the lights... Let me know how they are once you hook them up...Thinking of using something simliar for the 12V side of the cabin. Making good progress!
Thanks man. They are the same lights I used in my RV last year, and they work great. Lots of light coming from them. Nice and bright, and less than a 1 amp draw. Gotta love that. String em all together. Glad I got them. All because we found em that day in the bus. Gotta love that.

Today was a productive one. Although I wish I would have gotten more done. I finished all the insulation on the floor up through the driver area and the stairwell.




Got most of the plywood down too. Looks like its all done in the pic, but it isn't. I was gonna finish it all, but broke my drill bit for pilot holes. Had others, but they were too big or small, so I called it a day a little early. Went to the HD and picked up some more so I can finish it tomorrow. I did get the access door for the fuel sensor all done though.




While at the Depot, I picked up my 2x3 studs for the walls. I cant wait to start throwing them up. But before I can, I need to finish the window tint. Really not looking forward to finishing that. No reason, just not that fun I guess. I'd rather be cutting wood and getting blisters I guess.
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How thick is that R Max? Is it the kind with foil on one side? Or just regular blue foam?

P.S. ~ GREAT work so far!
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How thick is that R Max? Is it the kind with foil on one side? Or just regular blue foam?
P.S. ~ GREAT work so far!
Its 3/4 inch. Has foil on both sides. Printed sticker on top of the foil on one side though. Has an R Factor of 5. I was gonna go with 1/2, but the 3/4 was only $2 more a sheet, so it was worth it. Thanks man.

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Looks great Johnny! I wish I were at the same point, ready to start building You've got alot of the worst part done.....let the fun begin!
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Thanks man. Don't worry, with how quick your going you will pass me up soon. Haha.

So this week was productive. I was hoping to finish up the floor on Friday, but all the odd cuts up front and my desire to use whole sheets of ply rather than piece mealing it meant a lot of measuring and taking my time. But I finished up the floor on Saturday. I also ended up building a box over the engine cover. I wasn't sure what I was gonna do till I got to that point. It is cut oddly for the gas pedal, but I am gonna be putting a faux wall there and you wont see it except from the driver seat. The box is gonna help keep the noise and heat down in the front, and it gives a nice flat space to put speakers on for the sound system I am putting in. I am happy with it. Here are some pics of the last few days:







And finally, the sub floor is done. I am so happy. That was a bear of a job.



So now I am gonna have to spend a day or two tinting the rest of the windows. Then I get started framing the walls. I have to build my A/C duct too. Lots to do. More pics coming up soon.
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Hey that looks good! Did you lose some of the top step? Looks shallow, like about half yer foot would fit on it...juss wondering
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