Nice job, they look great! That Duraplate stuff sounds awesome.
I'll post later how it stands the test of time. I think it's the perfect solution for skinning. No oil canning, it's very stiff and rigid (but yet still flexible... we are using it for our ceiling also), pre-painted (rust prevention), and cheap!
Another update! Yesterday, we finished skinning the other side of the bus and began working on the back windows. On the back windows, we cut out 4 mm thick duraplate to the exact size of the windows. When we paint this week, we will reinstall them with the original window seals!
Second, we teamed up with a local filmmaker, Atomic Independent Pictures to make a documentary about our Waste Vegetable Oil System. The system was designed using WVO Designs components and parts from McMaster Carr, several online retailers, and the local hardware stores/auto stores for parts we missed when ordering online. Check it out!
We have been working diligently on painting the bus. Here's just a quick update of our process and what it looked like when I left today. We painted it with custom-tinted Ace Rust Stop paint that we sprayed on using Harbor Freight HVLP spray guns. We only had a few days at family's house with an upright compressor and have since been painting utilizing the air from the air tanks on the bus (with it running on veggie oil while spraying). I couldn't be happier with how it's turning out! Today, we even ran two spray guns at the same time off the bus tank with no issues and never once ran out of air!
We ended up cutting the plastic shorter after realizing that the overspray didn't go very far
Cut some panels out of some extra Duraplate to "delete" the flashing school bus lights!
All of the blue has been sprayed with the bus air tanks as the air source
Today when I left... still have a bit more blue to paint tomorrow and then we will do the black accents.