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Old 04-24-2013, 02:03 PM   #31
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Re: Out with the old, in with the new 7 window

No kidding!! It may be slow now, but hopefully... taking my time now will speed up the finish work. I am a full time non-traditional college student and I really want to be on the move for the summer!! 3 1/2 weeks to go... I want to get everything framed in by the end of this weekend. then get the floor laid, then electric and plumbing for the sink. Oh yeah! and the paint job, I already got the paint long ago for old bus so there should be plenty.
Skinned the upper flasher lights, thought it would be easier to insulate and there is additional space that can be utilized.
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Old 04-25-2013, 06:44 AM   #32
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3-1/2 weeks.....were you planning to go?north, south, east, or west
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Old 04-27-2013, 11:12 AM   #33
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Re: Out with the old, in with the new 7 window

Oh it's an "anywhere but here" kind of thing. I have been earning a degree for the past 3 years and am excited to get outta town.
Been toying around with some paint job ideas.. What do ya's think? I want to try to fade the two greens into each other. Maybe paint the dark and light solid and then come back with a small round stamp and fade the lighter color? Here is what I was able to do on the paint program.. managed to match the colors fairly well

I am planing on painting the lower window from the inside with white spray paint (rough up the glass a bit). I am hoping the rustoleum enamel will stick to the outside of the back and side door window glass. Has anybody used the rustoleum on glass? Did it hold up alright?
It just will not quit raining here. I really want to prime the floor next but the humidity hasn't dropped for weeks it feels like.
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:43 AM   #34
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chia bus
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.looks like it was sprayed with the green hiway grass that grows on anything
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:26 AM   #35
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Re: Out with the old, in with the new 7 window

I like the color scheme, but I think painting the windows, especially with the angles you are showing, may not look so great. Bear in mind the white painted windows will not really match and blend in with the white roof. I could be wrong, but I think you would be taking a risk there. I've never seen a bus with painted windows that I thought looked good that way, which is why I skinned my windows with metal. But this is mainly aesthetic preference, so feel free to ignore me!
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Old 04-29-2013, 11:17 PM   #36
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Re: Out with the old, in with the new 7 window

Unless I am mistaken (and I often am) paint on glass doesn't stay very long. Especially on the outside exposed to the elements. Might help to acid etch the glass first but then I've never tried it.
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Old 05-03-2013, 11:30 AM   #37
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Re: Out with the old, in with the new 7 window

Well thanks for all your input... all very valid!
I roughed up the glass a bit and went through one spray can of white. It is going to take quite a few coats to be opaque. I have a bunch of black tint I was going to use on the old bus but I think white would absorb less radiant energy. right? And, steering clear of tint should allow more light in the winter to enter (heat/radiant energy and less power usage for lighting during the short days), and use curtains in the summer for additional blockage of the sun during long days. right? [my curtain material is really nice: pleated soft-dark blue rayon face and backed with a heavy white interfacing. I think it will work nicely for a blackout effect and resist collecting dust]

I would love to skin some windows and acquire less drafty RV windows but...
Well, you can have TWO of the three:
1.) you can do it right
2.) you can do it quickly
3.) you can do it inexpensively
[cannot have all three]

I do try to do things right, but don't always have the cash (have to improvise or settle). I also want to get it on the road in a reasonable amount of time. So, the windows got spray paint (settle). I have a feeling you are right; the "white" will not match perfectly but I have a suspicion the windows being white will appear more homogenous than my original idea of black tint (I never thought about the mirrored stuff), giving the illusion of skinned windows? (improvise). If there are any other ideas out there let me know.... but I got impatient and started in on the spray paint like I said
Same reasoning to the original metal going back on the ceiling but with the addition of wood. I hope, once it is all trimmed out and stained up with a clear-coat, it will appear cabin-like with half the materials cost (already have clear-coat stuff).

You can see one half of the second to last window I did many coats. It looks okay, but if you look in the sun and closely at the glass you can see were I roughed it up a bit. Roughing up the windows was a last thought and I just grabbed a grinding wheel laying around (not on the grinder) and went back and forth on the glass.



Also, primed the floor and started with the overhead cabinets. [I left a flying buttress by the stove to cut later for a shelf maybe, might look funny]



Started on the sink side counter top and waterless toilet with urine diverted. I messed up on of the buckets AND the funnel in fabrication. But i think I can nail it next time around. Buckets are less than $3 at slowes right now.. [I never fully mounted the rear bed supports, so you can see I pulled one. might look funny if ya didn't know]


If this is all wordy and unorganized I blame my 8am soil science exam today. So glad it's the weekend.
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Old 05-03-2013, 12:03 PM   #38
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Re: Out with the old, in with the new 7 window

Paint on glass...

I painted some of my windows (interior side) with a spray can of satin finish clear paint. It looks like it was frosted/etched. If I decide I don't want the glass frosted, I can scrape it off with a razor blade. Let's light in, allows solar heat gain (good in winter, bad in summer), provides privacy without curtains. All I did was clean windows with white vinegar and a razor blade, wiped well to remove dust. Then using painters tape, taped off the parts that I didn't want painted, although it wasn't a terrible thing if overspray got on something since it's clear paint. Let dry. I did a 2nd coat. More than that didn't make any difference. The glass looks a little like rice paper... some spots are more "white" than others... everything looks like a heavy fog. I was originally looking for Krylons Frosted Glass paint but I couldn't find any. A clear spray in satin achieves the same effect.

And I can clean the painted side of the windows. I use white vinegar and a paper towel.
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Old 05-03-2013, 02:06 PM   #39
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I painted from the inside but my frantic scrape job would limit the ability to scrape off. My rational was that it would take some abuse behind the stove and sink areas... Oh well. so the official count is 2 for the bus.. no furrow strips and shoddy window "skin".
I never included a floor plan (not to scale, but eyeballed fairly close)



Next plans for another rainy weekend..
I am going to calk at least the holes in the floor where I need to lay lumber, even though the humidity is too high....
New bucket + another funnel = waterless composting toilet with urine diverted.
(get a bucket with a funnel tube sticking out the side to nest nicely with in another bucket with minimum bucket showing in the zone of do do.)

Maybe finish out the entire bathroom. I have enough wood to do it just gotta get the toilet assembly figured out for height
Also, went to lowes on a sunday night, talked to a college kid in the flooring department, asked about broken tiles: where do you keep them, how cheap? he said here, I knocked over these two boxes with the fork lift earlier.
He marked .o1 each at 30 count... and he had mortor and grout bags with holes.. got the whole set up for ten bucks!
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Old 05-13-2013, 10:44 PM   #40
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Re: Out with the old, in with the new 7 window

I'd just like to say that GMAC insurance is the way to go! they do not require the Motor home title which in MO means no state inspection. Going to see about the cost of plates. I bought the bus with a valid safety inspection BUT I thought they were good for 90 days. Nope, only 30 days.
Got back porch frame mounted up.
Compost toilet almost done.
(will post pics tomorrow)
I'm feeling good about the logistics. Crossing my fingers on the plates. Missouri has some interesting rules compared to other states.
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