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Old 10-06-2010, 10:57 AM   #121
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This week I'm pushing hard to get the outside of the bus prepped and then painted. I figured it takes me about 4 hours per side of sanding/taping windows/primering, etc. So far I have the roof completely done and painted white, and both long sides prepped and spot primered, though not completely taped. Hopefully tonight I will get the back and front prepped and taped, but that sounds pretty ambitious. Unfortunately I only get about 2 hours per night to work on it, and then it gets too late to be running power tools or risk pissing off the neighbors. But after 2 hours of sanding I'm pretty spent anyway. My goal is to start painting this weekend, and take another day off work either Friday or Monday to finish the job. Again, that seems unlikely, but I really need to get this done soon because the further we get into fall the more likely it will be windy and rainy and cold here in Austin. But do we get wind in the summer? Nooooooooo! 100 degrees and not even a breeze.
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Old 10-06-2010, 11:22 AM   #122
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cold here in Austin. But do we get wind in the summer? Nooooooooo! 100 degrees and not even a breeze.
cold in texas yeah sure! what ever you say! my ex wife always brags that it is so much wormer then here in washington.
all i can say is you can keep all the humidity!
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Old 10-06-2010, 12:39 PM   #123
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cold here in Austin. But do we get wind in the summer? Nooooooooo! 100 degrees and not even a breeze.
cold in texas yeah sure! what ever you say! my ex wife always brags that it is so much wormer then here in washington.
all i can say is you can keep all the humidity![/quote:2ddq5bzp]

Yeah, yeah, I know "cold" is a relative term. I grew up in New England, so I know what real cold is. But my blood has thinned after spending most of my adult life down south, and now anything below 60 degrees is "cold" to me. It does actually go below 30 degrees here in the winter every year, and once every couple years we get a dusting of snow or an ice storm. Anyway, it's cold enough to be an obstacle to painting outdoors.
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Old 10-06-2010, 03:09 PM   #124
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It got pretty cold in Corpus Christi last winter. Even had frost on the windows several mornings. Last winter Socorro had similar temps. I hope we have a mild winter here this winter. But the WIND here! My paint dries almost as fast as I put it on!
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Old 10-07-2010, 12:15 AM   #125
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cold here in Austin. But do we get wind in the summer? Nooooooooo! 100 degrees and not even a breeze.
cold in texas yeah sure! what ever you say! my ex wife always brags that it is so much wormer then here in washington.
all i can say is you can keep all the humidity![/quote:3lzywe7v]

Yeah, yeah, I know "cold" is a relative term. I grew up in New England, so I know what real cold is. But my blood has thinned after spending most of my adult life down south, and now anything below 60 degrees is "cold" to me. It does actually go below 30 degrees here in the winter every year, and once every couple years we get a dusting of snow or an ice storm. Anyway, it's cold enough to be an obstacle to painting outdoors.[/quote:3lzywe7v]

yeah my ex wife ran to her sisters in southern texass on 12-2-09 and got caught in the little itty bitty bit of snow that you got umm what was it? like 6" of of snow the paralyzed the state!!!!
i say bring it on that is why i have the BEASTmy 71 chevy 4x4 i have had it on top of over 10' of snowup to like 20' in driffs.
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Old 10-10-2010, 12:26 AM   #126
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The bus is now white!

Spent the afternoon and evening painting the bus. It took about 3.5 gallons of paint thinned with about 3 pints of acetone. The actual painting took me about 6 hours today, in addition to the 4 hours I spent on the roof. The roof has two coats of Rustoleum gloss white oil based enamel with Hytech insulating microbeads mixed in which I applied with a roller. The rest of the bus has a single coat of just the same Rustoleum gloss white that I applied with an industrial air sprayer I got a Harbor Freight. Other than a couple drips I think it came out pretty good. It was dark by the time I finished, so I'll have to look at it in the light of day tomorrow. For now though, I'm feeling really good about getting this job done, and now celebrating with some 1800 reposado and Shiner Bock!

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Making some progress:



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Old 10-10-2010, 05:19 PM   #127
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Old 10-11-2010, 04:56 PM   #128
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Paint job in the light of day...

So the next day I got a better look at the paint job. The second half of the painting was done after dark with inadequate lighting, and I noticed there were more drips on that side of the bus. Oh well. I should really get one of those halogen light stands.

Here it is with all the masking taken off and lights reinstalled. I put all the orange flashers in the front and reds in the back, and I'm pleased with how it looks. I'd prefer to have clear lenses, but just don't feel like spending the money right now. Plus it does add a bit of color to all that whiteness:







It does have a bit of that "prison bus" look to it for sure, but I will eventually paint the rub rails green and possibly also add some small mural art to the skinned windows and also the upper area between the flashers both front and rear. I'll also paint the wheels with hammered silver Rustoleum and bumpers and mirrors will get a new coat of black. Not sure if I should use flat black or gloss black though...
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Old 10-11-2010, 07:27 PM   #129
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Looks great from where I'm sittin' too, DD! (Prison buses are beige in my current locality, so no comparison there...)
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Old 10-11-2010, 08:29 PM   #130
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Bus looks great, I am currently painting my roof, where did you find clear lens? I called Kennedy and they didnt have in stock, and wont order the ones I need. Any other idea where to find some? South Austin looks about right this time of year......
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