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Old 09-25-2009, 01:34 AM   #11
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Nice bus! You might look at an air card as an ISP instead. Satellites have bad lag.
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Old 09-25-2009, 07:48 AM   #12
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If you sandblast the inside, tape and cover all of your interior controls, column/ignition etc really well. We didnt do this and had a real mess in the electrical panel, ignition switch and turn signal stalk. Also at least pull the windows and wire chase covers since there is usually rust behind those from water getting in the rub rails on the roof and running down the ceiling panels. Other than that, with a shopvac and the time it takes to build the bus, there isnt much sand left.
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Old 09-26-2009, 10:16 PM   #13
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I dont have sand anywhere and I did the inside and out. There is no way you can remove all of the rust by hand, not that you need to anyways, but if that is your goal this is the best way. Duct tape and cardboard is what you would use to mask when sandblasting and as you planned tarp the rest. We didnt do the dash since that could have been a disaster. Just a thought, the guy that did the work on mine is in Ft Pierce, he may be able to do it cheaper than you can even get supplies for. For the floor, he could use any leftover paint he has since it will be covered anyways. The outside doesnt have to be done, mine was just for the sake of time.
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Old 09-27-2009, 09:03 AM   #14
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I would not blast the bus!!!!If you do,You will have the etch the metal,prime with a epoxy primer,etc to get it right.You will end up with way more than $2000.00 with all the meterials.
I would only spot blast real rusty areas,or better yet,wire wheel them with a stiff wire brush.My .02.
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Old 09-27-2009, 09:43 AM   #15
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You could always just blast the interior floor and the area above the windows that the channel covers. The idea of spot blasting would make your life alot easier although Im sure the entire floor needs to be done. The only reason my exterior was done was because of rust and flaking paint around the rivets which would have been extremely time consuming to hand sand. I dont think I would screw with the underside of the bus, it would be very difficult and you would be hard pressed to have paint cover every place the sand hit. The underside is a good place to spray with black rustoleum. You should get a price from someone to do the sandblasting and primer, I still think it would be less than the cost of materials if you did it yourself. Were 3 hours from Clearwater and I can get him to hook you up pretty good. Theres also a guy in Tampa a friend of mine uses that is reasonable and another guy in Mulberry that I kinda sorta know, probably not enough to get you a smokin deal though.
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Old 09-28-2009, 08:18 PM   #16
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$500 blast and prime your floor in Ft Pierce, $800 with a decent 2 part paint on top. I didnt call the guy in Tampa since it seems you are wavering on what you want to do. But this gives you an idea.
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Old 09-29-2009, 06:24 PM   #17
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That is an amazingly large bus I hope to find something like that too! Congrats on the buy.
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