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Old 04-19-2010, 10:41 PM   #101
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After getting the exhaust tip, I started sanding...and sanding...and sanding... I prepped from the bottom of the windows to the top of the roof. After a few hours of 'sand left, sand right' and a great upper body workout, I washed the bus and masked the windows. Then I pulled out the new can of primer and discovered that brand new gallons of paint are very difficult to get mixed thoroughly with a simple stick. After stirring for about a half an hour, I mixed up some primer and climbed up on the scaffold. Here's some more of today's pictures....
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Old 04-19-2010, 10:50 PM   #102
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It appears that I missed posting Saturday's pictures... I primed all the wheels with the same Enamel primer I used on the bumpers. Then I got this brilliant idea to paint the spokes black. Since the wheels are rough and I am not going to spend a lot of time prepping them, I masked off all but the spokes on the right front wheel and sprayed the spokes with gloss black Tremclad rust paint. Enamel over enamel should work, but I got a slight reaction and now the wheel is more textured than before!!! All in all, I think I like the black and I am going to do the rest with the same paint. After the black is cured well enough to mask I will mask off the spokes and spray the rest of the wheel with either a chrome paint or a very metallic silver. Not sure yet, for now it is grey primer with black spokes.
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Old 04-19-2010, 11:26 PM   #103
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Kinda proud of that exhaust pipe, eh?

I used to buy a liquid "masking", seemed like it was called Gorilla Snot (?). You brushed it on the tires, painted the wheels, then washed it off.....the overspray came with it. Beats the hell outta masking a tire/wheel Plastic is bad if you spray, because the paint will dry, then the pressure of applying the 2nd coat will blow paint flakes off the plastic all over the fresh (wet) paint.

Wheels will look good when you're done with 'em

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If you only knew how much time that would have saved me to know about the liquid mask... Masking off tires is such a big pain in the butt. I had to wipe them down with 'final wipe' in order for the tape to stick, then piece by piece tape around the tire, then find out how to make a sheet of garbage bag fit a round wheel. It took all morning just to mask the tires!!! I will have to look for the liquid mask if I ever do it again. At this point I am NOT removing the masking until I am totally finished painting the wheels and they are clear coated.
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Old 04-21-2010, 12:54 AM   #104
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One wheel done....doesn't look too bad. I had some Metalcast paint sitting around from another project so I sprayed the wheel with the metallic silver groundcoat paint then about 3 coats of clear over that. I used the clear instead of the usual Metalcast anodizing color because I just wanted the super shiny reflective silver. I think it worked out really well. Here's the pics...
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Old 04-21-2010, 09:09 PM   #105
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Well, thanks to my wife for sanding the top of the starboard side of the bus, I was able to get the rest of the bus primed, except for a strip down the center of the roof and the back. It is starting to look great. Can you see where I missed a spot? I had already put away the paint guns and used the last of my thinner to clean them before I noticed. How embarrassing... Here's the pics...
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Old 04-21-2010, 09:20 PM   #106
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While working on the bus today, a gentleman pulled up in a truck. He had a brand new RV shower pan that he had bought to use in his own bus conversion. He had lost interest in doing the conversion and did not need the shower pan anymore. He let me have it for $35. What a great deal! It is still in the original box! I guess this is one of the advantages of doing the project on the corner of a main street in the middle of the city. I have had more people comment on the project than I would have ever expected, and more than once I have been offered parts. Here's the pics of the shower pan...
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The paint looks really nice so far. I really like the wheels! I am dreading getting to that part on mine...LOTS of sanding, but I am looking forward to being done with it. What are you using for paint? Sorry if you already posted it and I missed it.
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Old 04-21-2010, 11:21 PM   #108
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The paint looks really nice so far. I really like the wheels! I am dreading getting to that part on mine...LOTS of sanding, but I am looking forward to being done with it. What are you using for paint? Sorry if you already posted it and I missed it.
I am using a two-part urethane industrial primer made by a company called Bernardo Ecenarro in Spain. It is very durable and goes on thick. It is a very light grey, almost white, which is good because I am going to paint the whole bus Gloss White. The primer is good because you can apply a few coats of it, then lightly sand with 400 grit paper to make a perfectly smooth surface ready for paint. It fills small scratches and imperfections really well. The final paint is going to be an industrial two-part polyurethane ultra-gloss white. I am used to sanding cars, so when I sanded the bus I did most of it by hand and actually sanded out all the runs and orange-peel from the factory yellow paint. It may seem like a bit much, but I can't seem to do it unless I do it the best I can. Should look good when it is done.
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Wow, that will probably be one of the best painted skoolies around, haha... I'm kinda on the fence between using rustoleum, or something similar, or just going ahead and using a good 2 part automotive paint. I know next to nothing about painting vehicles, but fortunately have a buddy who rebuilds cars for a living a has gotten pretty freakin good at it.
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Wow, that will probably be one of the best painted skoolies around, haha... I'm kinda on the fence between using rustoleum, or something similar, or just going ahead and using a good 2 part automotive paint. I know next to nothing about painting vehicles, but fortunately have a buddy who rebuilds cars for a living a has gotten pretty freakin good at it.
If you can spray paint, you can spray two-part paint. The only difference is that you need to mix your paint before you put it in the paint gun. I use little plastic cups with markings on the sides. The biggest thing to remember is that you do not want to mix all the paint at once because once mixed it has to be used within a certain amount of time before it starts to harden in the pot. And never put unused mixed paint back into the can....it will harden the whole can! You will be able to get the information of the mix ratios from the place you buy the paint. I am getting 5 gallons of gloss white for $250 including the activator. I dont think rustoleum would be any cheaper...at least not by much.
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