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Old 10-04-2011, 08:17 PM   #1
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Tale of 2 Buses

Actually, this is about my 91 Blue Bird TC2000, 33 foot bus from the Johnson County School System, in Tenn. I also have a 89 33 Foot BlueBird TC 2000 with severe coorosion, The older bus is being retired, and the 91, which is very clean will carry on.

I got this bus a year ago, and am now in full swing. Seats out, flooring out, and am grinding away at the floor.

One thing I found out, if removing the plywood, mine was very secure with nails into the galvanized floor. If you use a crow bar, full size of 36" of larger, you can get a floor jack under the wood, and literally pull the wood off. Using a saw to cut the wood was too tricky. I damaged a saw blade when I hit a nail.. I just did not see it, I later pulled out the floor jack and got the rest of the wood up in about an hour by myself. This was a serious time saver.
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Old 10-04-2011, 08:21 PM   #2
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Re: Tale of 2 Buses

I'm not sure how much brushing the floor needs, but I hope to get some POR 15 soon, if not some other floor sealer. Any suggestions on a vapor barrier?

Thanks,
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Old 10-05-2011, 10:32 AM   #3
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Just spent a couple of days welding shut all the holes in my floor and looking into applying a good coat of the newer, spray on rubber before laying down any insulation or flooring. Should also help act as a sound deadener. Like you, I am open to any ideas or experience though.
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Old 07-06-2013, 07:31 PM   #4
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Painted today, or at least tried to paint..
Used implement paint, thinned with lacquer thinner ( 2 capfulls per quart of paint), did some prep sanding, used the finest foam roller I could find.. but what a poor job. I had fish eyes "small pin heads" throughout the painted area. I waited a while, but they did not go away. Then I used more thinner on a brush and cleaned up the pin heads.. a first grader finger painting could do a better job..

Does anyone have the prep pages for roller painting?

At a minimum, I'll be days cleaning up this mess. Or I'll need a paper bag to keep over my head while I drive..

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Old 07-06-2013, 07:35 PM   #5
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I actually know what you may have done wrong... You can't use lacquer thinner with implement paint, which is enamel. You can use paint thinner or Naphtha, among other things. Lacquer thinner is too hot and mucks it up :/
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Old 07-06-2013, 09:56 PM   #6
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Painted today, or at least tried to paint..
Used implement paint, thinned with lacquer thinner ( 2 capfulls per quart of paint), did some prep sanding, used the finest foam roller I could find.. but what a poor job. I had fish eyes "small pin heads" throughout the painted area. I waited a while, but they did not go away. Then I used more thinner on a brush and cleaned up the pin heads.. a first grader finger painting could do a better job..

Does anyone have the prep pages for roller painting?

At a minimum, I'll be days cleaning up this mess. Or I'll need a paper bag to keep over my head while I drive..

Thanks,
Glen
i have always used mineral spirits when i rolled paint on either my Jeep of the bus. it never looks perfect, but it doesn't look to bad either.
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Lacquer thinner is too hot and mucks it up :/
Hot? I am confuzzled, which granted while a natural state of being for me (along with dazed), I don't like being confuzzled. How can lacquer thinner be hot?

Wait wait wait, is it 'hot' like how chicken-**** is 'hot'?
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Lacquer thinner is too hot and mucks it up :/
Hot? I am confuzzled, which granted while a natural state of being for me (along with dazed), I don't like being confuzzled. How can lacquer thinner be hot?

Wait wait wait, is it 'hot' like how chicken-**** is 'hot'?
Exact same as chicken **** I should have put parenthesis around "hot". And admittedly I do not really know what I am talking about. Just repeating what I have recently read over and over. I think it reacts with the enamel and raises the temperature too much.
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I think it reacts with the enamel and raises the temperature too much.
That sounds dreadful.
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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.
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