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Old 04-01-2010, 10:00 PM   #1
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Cost to paint bus...

Has anyone actually gotten a quote to repaint their bus? I am curious as to how much it would actually cost to have someone professionally repaint an entire bus. I would get a quote myself but it seems everyone around here knows me and that I have the equipment to do the job myself. They just tell me to do the paintjob myself and that it would cost too much to be worth having them do it.
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Old 04-01-2010, 11:00 PM   #2
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Re: Cost to paint bus...

For my 6 row short bus I got 5 quotes ranging from $1800(Maaco) to $3500(Ford heavy truck sales and service body shop). Turns out a good friend of mine has a buddy at a body shop that is going to do it for $1500. My bus is only 24 foot long so a full size will be even more.
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Old 04-07-2010, 08:52 AM   #3
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Re: Cost to paint bus...

$50 - $100.

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It's what we are doing. Why not? It's already a school bus, it can't get any worse.
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Old 04-07-2010, 02:57 PM   #4
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$50 - $100.

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It's what we are doing. Why not? It's already a school bus, it can't get any worse.
Do you realize how much sanding had to be done to get the paint smooth on that car? I have almost finished sanding my bus ONCE just to apply primer and there is no way I want to do it between each coat of paint. Especially when you are sanding out roller bumps and/or brush strokes. My plan is to sand with 220 grit, prime with urethane primer, lightly sand with 400 grit to make it smooth like glass, and paint with urethane topcoat (one stage, no clear needed). I may add some additional clear to the last couple coats of paint when I paint it to help get the 'mile deep' paint look, but not a separate clear coat on its own. That's just too much work for such a large vehicle.

No one else actually priced out having someone else paint their bus? Closest 'unofficial' quote I got was about $6000 to repaint my bus using the techniques I am using. Little bit of body work, but nothing major, mostly just sand, prep, prime, paint.
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Old 04-10-2010, 06:04 PM   #5
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I haven't priced out paint, because I'm going to go the full-vinyl route
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Old 04-10-2010, 10:28 PM   #6
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I haven't priced out paint, because I'm going to go the full-vinyl route
You are doing a full wrap on a bus? This I gotta see...don't forget the pics. And the cost of doing it this way!
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Old 04-11-2010, 08:22 PM   #7
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Re: Cost to paint bus...

Check Maaco or a local atuobody guy. I am planning on sanding down and priming our bus and then getting a quote to spray our bus one solid color. If it's not $300 and under, then screw it, we'll do it ourselves. I'm sure your frustrated by prepping, and I'm sure I'll be very frustrating when doing it, but it might be the most cost efficent way to go. Ask some buddies or family members to help one day.
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Old 04-11-2010, 11:29 PM   #8
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It will cost me more than $300 just for the paint for the bus! I just picked up another gallon of primer at $150 per gallon. I definately want this paintjob to last.
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Old 04-12-2010, 10:38 PM   #9
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Re: Cost to paint bus...

Quick paint question here: What is the rule again... you can paint water-based paint over oil-based paint... or is it vice versa? I think I have gotten conflicting advice from Home Depot "paint experts" on this issue. Reason I ask is they sold me some Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 water base interior/exterior primer which claims to work on galvanized metal (my window skins). I plan to paint my bus with Rustoleum paint, which I think is oil based. Will this combination work? Could I prime the whole bus with this? On the label it claims that it "may be used under and over any oil or latex architectural paint". I'm not sure what they mean be "architectural paint". The label also says: "use on all types of bare or painted surfaces including wood, drywall, cured plaster, concrete and masonry, aluminum, vinyl, steel, galvanized metal and PVC". What do y'all think?
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Old 04-13-2010, 12:52 AM   #10
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You can't apply an acrylic over oil-based paints.

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I thought it was just lacquer over enamel that was a no-no.
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