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Old 07-22-2013, 06:36 PM   #1
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Looking for paint suggestions

Hi,

My bus needs a paint job. I want something that will last and be durable. I would like to see what my options are regardless of cost. I plan on using an auto body sealant to plug holes. I have raised the roof, so I have some sheet metal on the sides with rv windows. The sheet metal is sprayed with rustoleum primer. The thicker bus body is painted years ago with tractor paint. Any suggestions on a product to use? sanding? priming? spray? roll?

my mechanic suggested I use Miller brand equipment enamel with no primer. Any thoughts?

Thank you in advance for your advice!
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Old 07-22-2013, 08:19 PM   #2
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Re: Looking for paint suggestions

I am planning on using tractor paint from Tractor supply is what I am going to use.
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Old 07-22-2013, 10:04 PM   #3
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Re: Looking for paint suggestions

Last weekend we had quality family time. We washed the bus using scotch brite pads and Tide detergant. After it dried we taped and painted the roof, using farm store implement paint. Thinned it with naptha and shot it with an old hvlp paint gun. It turned out way nicer than anticipated.
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Old 07-23-2013, 12:52 AM   #4
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i used Rustoleum professional oil based enamel on mine.
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Old 07-23-2013, 10:43 AM   #5
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Re: Looking for paint suggestions

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Last weekend we had quality family time. We washed the bus using scotch brite pads and Tide detergant. After it dried we taped and painted the roof, using farm store implement paint. Thinned it with naptha and shot it with an old hvlp paint gun. It turned out way nicer than anticipated.
Sooooooo what colour ya painting your big beastie?

I wanna knoooooooooooow!

(and post pics or it didn't happen )
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Old 07-23-2013, 08:29 PM   #6
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Re: Looking for paint suggestions

oil based enamel sounds like the ticket for the price. how'd yours turn out?

Were you able to make a custom tint? I want to do an olive-ish green with black bumpers, racks, and wheels.

"post pics or it didn't happen"..... I like that. I am ashamed to say I haven't posted any pics on this site yet. I swear I'm going to as soon as I have a minute (or a number of hours) to do it. until then, here's a pic to prove: A. That I have a bus
B. That I need a paint job
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Old 07-23-2013, 11:14 PM   #7
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I'd post pictures if I knew how. Any pointers ? The color is Van Sickles gloss international white, which is actually an antique white or beige.
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Old 07-23-2013, 11:32 PM   #8
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I'd post pictures if I knew how. Any pointers ? The color is Van Sickles gloss international white, which is actually an antique white or beige.
you have to use a photobucket account and paste the image links into your message
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Old 07-24-2013, 08:58 AM   #9
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Re: Looking for paint suggestions

there is a tab below the "submit" button named "upload attachment"

click that and choose a file from your computer. not a bad idea to resize and strip metatags for the internet.

after you upload it, there is a button to place it in the thread.

i use that without making a photobucket account. it takes pics from my drive and post's them in the thread.


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Old 07-24-2013, 09:48 AM   #10
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Awesome Thanks for the tutorial
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