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Old 07-31-2014, 12:42 PM   #11
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Lorna hit it, "preparation is everything". I didnt do any sanding but I washed the bus with TSP. Its been 3 yrs I think and a lot of it is flaking off. I knew that when I did it, no complaints. I will eventually blast it off and leave it as it turns out. School bus paint is the most durable paint there is, so there is hardly a chance of getting it off without drastic measures.

A good paint job will cost you far more than what the bus is worth.

My son has friends that do graffiti....as in "tagging a train". I might let them have a go at it with spray bombs. I could really care less what the outside looks like.
How well does spray paint stand up to the elements?
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Old 07-31-2014, 12:52 PM   #12
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I spray painted my hitch-haul the brightest yellow I could find in my local Wallyworld. I can't find the can so I can't tell you what brand it was, think it was Rustoleum. I did use a cheap primer first. Done it a good year and a half ago now, haven't had any problems with chipping yet.
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Old 07-31-2014, 02:23 PM   #13
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How well does spray paint stand up to the elements?
Probably fade like everything else.
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Old 07-31-2014, 02:38 PM   #14
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Re: Duct tape "paint"?

on my bus I used rustoleum and foam rollers, one good thing about rustoleum; is the box stores have the same colors in spray cans....I used those to spray the rub rails first and then rolled to the edges, worked great

The paint still looks good after a few years, the spray paint is lighter in places now (so it has faded some) the coats were not as thick also
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Old 07-31-2014, 10:22 PM   #15
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Re: Duct tape "paint"?

As Lorna said, prep is everything. If you think doing it right the first time is hard, just wait until the paint starts to peel off and you have to to strip off the old paint and do the prep AGAIN before painting the whole bus AGAIN.

At my last job someone had painted over some exterior fiberglass panels without roughing up the glossy surface. The paint held up fine for a few years then started peeling off a little at a time each winter. Of course it didn't all peel off at once and what didn't peel was still stuck on pretty well so I had to touch up those panels every....effing... spring. Eight years later that bloody paint still hadn't peeled all the way off. I cursed the guy that painted those panels over and over and over.......

Don't do the duct tape thing unless you're not planning to keep the bus long.
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Re: Duct tape "paint"?

I used white Rustoleum oil based paint in the gallon can, thinned with acetone, and sprayed on with a HVLP air sprayer. I didn't use primer. I sanded the whole bus lightly with a orbital power sander. I then cleaned it with TSP. My paint job still looks fine 3 years later. You could also go with spray cans, but it would be expensive. I think the foam rollers & brushes probably work well enough. Or you could get one of those Wagner electric sprayers.
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I painted the popup with thinned Rustoleum Hunter Green paint and a little Wagner sprayer. We had an influx of little green bugs that year. They matched the Hunter Green on the popup. They also had a short life span.

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We had an influx of little green bugs that year. They matched the Hunter Green on the popup. They also had a short life span.
*Snorts*

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So do enough bugs trapped in paint aid in its thermal properties of insulation? Blink... blink...
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wmkbailey needs to do some tests!
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