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Old 05-23-2005, 12:40 AM   #11
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Here's an oddity......
I was at wal-mart early in the morning buying some masking tape and other vairous things. I also purchased 2 gallons of paint, and 2 gallons of acetone to thin the rustoleam. The girl at the checkout said that the computer restricts customers to only one gallon of acetone. WE're not sure why, but I assume it's a homeland security thing. She was unable to ring up 2 gallons. I had to go to a 2nd checkout line to buy the other gallon. I just thought that was a bit strange.
I think its a drug thing , if I remember right its used when making crystal meth. its one of the ingredients us parents are told to watch out for along with cough syrup and lithium ion batteries.....
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Old 05-23-2005, 10:43 AM   #12
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Ya, thats a pretty cool paint job to copy. The BPS Tractor paint should look nice when you're done, the black at least. I just shot my black this weekend and its looking pretty good. Except for the spots i messed up on and slightly missed cause of poor lighting. It was my first paint job ever though. I'll post some pictures soon.

That is wierd about the Acetone, I got mine at Lowes, but only got a gallon. I wish i would have got 2 just to see;)
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Old 05-23-2005, 03:46 PM   #13
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I expieremented with a quart of BPS, but my paint sprayer did not like that paint. I tried to make it work, i thinned it, then thinned it more, then heated it up, nothing seemed to make it spray properly out of my sprayer.

the rustoleam with about 1 pint acetone per gallon sprayed very nicely, so that's what i used. I set the gallon of paint on top of the air compressor to be heated for about an hour while i shoot the primer. I read somewhere that paint sprayes better when it's warm. Obviously you wouldn't want to heat too much.....I usually try for about 80-90 degrees i guess. I haven't actually used a thermometer, but the can is warm to the touch, not too hot to hold though.

IF it ever stopps raining i'm going to get the flames all tapped off so i can finish up the paint job.
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Old 05-24-2005, 01:26 AM   #14
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BPS Tractor paint

I used the BPS "Tractor and Implement Enamel" on my bus, but I rolled it on. It was easy to work with on a roller. I have no clue about spraying, so I can't say. I thinned the paint with the maximum recommended amount of mineral spirits (8 ounces per gallon, IIRC) just to make it flow more easily.
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Old 05-25-2005, 05:23 PM   #15
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I've been on a painting marathon....UGGGGGg. I really really don't like masking stuff. I've been taping windows and everything else for what seems like forever.

I painted both the new and the old bus. Tapped off all of the flames, and painted those as well.

I've done more sanding, cleaning, masking, and painting in the past few days than i really care for.....but both buses are looking fantastic! I didn't realize just how bad the paint had faded on my old bus.

One thing i found about rustoleam is that acetone works much much better for thinning than mineral spirits, but it's about 5 times as expensive per gallon.

When i get a chance i'll post photos. Right now i'm waiting for the flames to dry so i can remove the masking.
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Old 05-25-2005, 05:30 PM   #16
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You can paint my bus next!
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Old 05-25-2005, 05:34 PM   #17
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if you do all the masking, i'll do the spraying!

It takes about 4 hours for me working steady to mask one side of the bus for the flames. That does not include the time spent removing all of the lights/lenses and masking the windows.

It only takes about 15 minutes to actually spray the flames once the masking is complete.

I looked at some clear coat. There auto paint store had 2 different kinds that are compatible with my rustoleam. One is $55/gallon, the other is $110/gallon. I'm not yet sure if i'm gonna spray the clear coat, but it's an option. I'm tired of painting my bus every spring.
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Old 06-12-2005, 10:19 PM   #18
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Why do things always move so slow??

I have done nothing the past couple weeks to the bus. I need to get working on it, burningman is just around the corner

Looks like the first major project will be cutting the hole in the roof, and getting the new roof flaps to open and close properly

Then i plan to paint the ceiling

Then i want to install:

Flooring
Jacuzzi
Glass Block
Electrical stuff
Mirrored walls
Shower
Bathroom

and finish up the other small details

THE MAN BURNS IN 83 DAYS! (that's only 74 days until i leave)
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Old 06-24-2005, 10:06 AM   #19
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I still have made zero progress since my last post......

THE MAN BURNS IN 71 DAYS!
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I'm knee deep in bus stuff right now! I just finished with a 3 day bus construction marathon. Thank goodness i have to work today, i can use the rest.

I cut a hole in the roof the width of the bus, and two windows long. It's appproximately 48" X 88". Set the jacuzzi inside with almost no problem at all. Those photo's are on film, i still have to develope them. Had to use a tall forklift.

Got tittle, insurance, and registration/plates so now she's legal to drive. Progressive has no trouble insuring my vehicle....it's a 1991 International and they didn't ask any questions. Ins is $200 for six months, Registration was a whopping $21.00.

Finished painting flames. Until now only the passenger side was painted. I also sprayed clear coat on everything from the windows down. I ran out of time to do the roof, it'll have to wait till sat. Very pleased with the clearcoat. Here is an example of clearcoat verses no clear coat.



For the flooring I used plywood, painted with oil base paint, then rust oleam epoxi-shield garage floor coating (with sand mixed in for traction on wet floor) Waiting for that to dry.........



I also ran across another 200 feet x 5 feet of brand new black velvet type material. Everything that you sit on in the bus gets covered in this beautiful fabric.



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