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Old 07-07-2013, 09:45 AM   #11
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I think it reacts with the enamel and raises the temperature too much.
That sounds dreadful.
Dreadful indeed.
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Old 07-07-2013, 12:24 PM   #12
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Thanks for the info... So I"ll pick up some mineral spirits..

Should I look for any reducers, or more surface prep? All that I did was sand with 180 grit, and clean with Lacquer thinner. What should I clean the area with?

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Old 07-07-2013, 01:43 PM   #13
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Thanks for the info... So I"ll pick up some mineral spirits..

Should I look for any reducers, or more surface prep? All that I did was sand with 180 grit, and clean with Lacquer thinner. What should I clean the area with?

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i didn't even bother sanding, i just cleaned really good, wiping it down using acetone and sanding where there was sticker residue. just do multiple, even coats. you can wet sand in between if you want it really smooth, but i didn't care about that too much, i just want it to look uniform and not yellow. the first coats wont look too good,but thats normal. What color are you using? i used Rustoleum leather brown gloss.
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Old 07-08-2013, 06:40 AM   #14
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Johnson City? My bus was a Johnson City Emergency Management bus. If you live there, you may have seen it in years past. You can't miss the huge exhaust stacks in the rear.
Nope Johnson County Papaw probably drove that bus
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Old 07-21-2013, 10:45 PM   #15
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It took a few weeks for the paint to harden so that it could be sanded, but I got it removed, then sanded a larger area (180 then 240 grit), then sprayed the paint. It was hot ~95 degrees when I painted it, so the gloss was not as good as it could have been, but I am happy with the outcome.

As for rolling it, I may have to roll the top, but I'll spray most of the sides, to a point where I have to get on top... it may look a little funny, but I definately like spraying, as it looks so much better.
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Old 07-21-2013, 10:49 PM   #16
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Awesome! Glad to hear it worked for you. Good luck on the rest!
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Old 08-18-2013, 09:50 PM   #17
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Well the paint is almost complete.. here's what i learned..

Prep, I sanded with an air dual action sander with 180, then 240. then hand sanded where necessary.. Fairly good results.

Cleaned with a sticky rag, then acetone. It's outside, so some dust settled back on when I was painting... not much I can do about this...

Paint... Implement paint works. Gloss is OK, but I am painting when the temps are 90 to 100 deg. I have diluted the paint to 70/30 thinner, seems to work, but will run easily, yes I have a few, but got better as the project progressed.

Rolling, I tried the top, again poor results. runs, bubbles etc.. I stripped when wet, then cleaned with acetone, and re-sprayed. Looks OK, but gloss is only fair.

Recommend 2 persons here, I dropped some things, rags, hose etc, and had to climb down, then back up.. took a lot of time set up again..

Last and most valuable suggestion, forget ANY 3M product. The tape (blue or green) sticks great, but is bonded to crappy paper... THis means, when you put 1 piece of tape on, you will pull thousands of fragments off, damage paint, and end up cussing..THe tape was only left on overnight, and I had spend hours and hours pulling it off. the cheap wal mart (china) stuff works great. Sorry, I wanted to be patriotic, but will never purchase 3M again.

I haVe some touch up to complete, and add some stripes... but it is looking better,
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Old 08-18-2013, 10:12 PM   #18
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Old 08-18-2013, 10:51 PM   #19
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I wanted to share about my old 89 BB.. It was rusty, then had a frame mount crack. Estimates on a repair were 4 to 6 K.... too much for me, so I opted to purchase the 91 and outfit it..

Attached are some pics from last year...

Here is the killer... when the bus was on it's side, an old time welder came up and said that he could brace and weld the frame in about an hour.. plus $30 in steel... He was an excellent welder, so I can only say that he knew his stuff...

THe blue bus was cut up in Jan of 2013.. it was an excellent bus, called the Blue Raven.. hated to see it go..
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Old 08-24-2013, 11:41 PM   #20
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Finally got the final coat on the 91 BB, it's looking so much better. Lots of work but worth it.
Many thanks to Jake C who had the comments about the mineral spirits with the enamel...
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