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Old 07-08-2019, 12:48 PM   #1
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I need to paint the bus. What type should I use? Any tips?
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Old 07-08-2019, 01:02 PM   #2
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Depending on how you want it to come out, there are a few types of paints and methods you could consider.

If a rat rod flat appearance is what you're after, a Rustoleum flat rolled or brushed on might work.
That will be the easiest and fastest way to change color.
You can also spray on the Rustoleum for a better quality look, using a gloss finish paint from their paint spectrum.

If you want the look of a pristine shiny factory built coach appearance, you'll need to look at automotive paint, professionally or carefully sprayed on.
There is way more surface preparation involved in this type of finish and depending on your skill level, might be best farmed out for best results.
Of course this will not be cheap or inexpensive.

Surface preparation is key to whatever way you choose to go, as new fresh paint won't stick long if painting over a glossed or dirty existing finish.

Good luck...
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Old 07-08-2019, 01:05 PM   #3
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paint

I am sure others will speak and many will know more than me,
I use rustoleum in a gallon can with a roller, it looks nice for 3 years with a little orange peel design, and needs to be repainted every 5 to 6 years, but I spend less than $200 each time. Look through the pictures of other skoolies and find a nice 2 color design, Mine is currently sand over green.



1. wash the bus a few times with a degreaser and a long brush.

2. lightly sand the bus to scrape it up so the paint sticks better.
3. wash it again.
4. tape it up, totally cover everything you dont want paint on, you will be amazed at where the paint will splash. Paint splashes 10 to 20 feet so keep other vehicles at a distance.
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imron industrial is execellent paint if you plan to spray it .
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Old 07-12-2019, 07:24 PM   #5
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I like the cheap oil based roll on paint job!
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Old 07-14-2019, 03:41 PM   #6
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Has anyone tried monstaliner or raptor liner? We were thinking about something along those lines.
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Old 07-14-2019, 07:10 PM   #8
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imron industrial is execellent paint if you plan to spray it .
Yes I've used that years ago and its good stuff.
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Old 07-14-2019, 09:02 PM   #9
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I used industrial acrylic, after 10+ years it still looks OK. I used an airless sprayer. The paint is water soluble.
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Old 07-14-2019, 09:06 PM   #10
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I used industrial acrylic, after 10+ years it still looks OK. I used an airless sprayer. The paint is water soluble.
Wouldn't it wash off in the rain if it was soluble?
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