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Old 05-30-2005, 07:03 PM   #1
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Hey all almost ready to paint anyone know how many gals

im almost to the point to paint my skoolie does anyone know how many gals of auto paint it takes to paint one of these skoolies. thanks all. this is a full size bus. http://home.bellsouth.net/p/PWP-jrwon
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Old 05-31-2005, 12:45 AM   #2
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paint amount

The quick and dirty: 5 gallons should do 2-3 coats.

I'm at the same point, and have checked the archive discussions for estimates and they vary depending on how you are painting and such.

A typical coverage amount for a gallon of paint is 350 square feet. If your bus is, say, about 35 feet long and 9 feet tall (a conservative one foot of ground clearance) and about that wide and is approximately one-third windows and other unpainted stuff like say wheels and tires, then you've got about 700 square feet of bus, including the roof.

I bought 2 gallons of primer and three of paint in case I need to do two coats (hopefully not given the priming).

I'm rolling it on and using foam brushes and regular brushes for trimwork.

Good luck, post pics...
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Old 05-31-2005, 11:29 AM   #3
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Old 05-31-2005, 11:55 AM   #4
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I got away with 5 gal, and had some left over. I just finished it the other day. You can check out my paint story too at

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Andy,

I really like your paint job. To tell you the truth, I didn't think it was going to look as good as it does. I just hope mine will look as good.


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I really like your paint job. To tell you the truth, I didn't think it was going to look as good as it does. I just hope mine will look as good.
Thanks Robert! me either... are you refering to the computer drawing I had on my site?? I also started a new thread for my paint job...

http://www.skoolie.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=782
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Old 05-31-2005, 06:01 PM   #7
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Paint Estimate

I bought 4 gallons of paint, and I have about 1 1/2 left over (hmmm....that ceiling might look better in white than in green.....). I put two coats on with a roller, and I thinned the paint the recommended amount (8 ounces mineral spirits per gallon IIRC). I didn't use primer, but sanded down to clean paint with 100 grit and a 1/3 sheet orbital sander. I didn't have any rust to speak of anywhere on the bus, so I didn't have to deal with that issue.

If you use a roller, buy good roller covers. The cheap ones leave little pieces of lint that get pulled out of the roller in the paint. I don't know that the good ones won't, but I talked to a painter who said they didn't.

I rolled paint on a section and let it dry to the tacky stage while I rolled another section (about 3'x3' or so), then I went back with a damp, but depleted roller and re-rolled the tacky section very firmly. That eliminated air bubbles and "roping" (the streaks you get from the edge of the roller when you press too hard on it). Where the lint didn't come out of the roller and get stuck in the paint, it is hard to tell it from a sprayed on coat.

Disposability is your friend. Buy enough roller covers and some disposable gloves.

Have fun!
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I bought 5 gallons, 3 green and 2 almond for the roof. I'm painting today so I'll let you know what I use. I'm using a foam roller and brush

More: http://www.vonslatt.com/bus-paint.shtml

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Old 06-06-2005, 01:26 PM   #9
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OK, got one coat on just about everything and I've used just about half the paint. I did buy an additional gallon of almond but only because I had mixed all of the original two with the ceramic additives and decided not the use the mixed paint on the window posts after all.

http://www.vonslatt.com/bus-paint.shtml

So, 5 gallon is just about right for roller/brush application of two coats of True Value XO-Rust.


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Old 06-06-2005, 08:15 PM   #10
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Great job

Jake, it looks terrific.

I think you missed a spot on the door, though.





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