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Old 04-19-2014, 08:35 AM   #1
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New Bus owner Questions about tractor paint RV style bus

Hi all I recently purchased a 1998 Goshen Sentry 36' passenger bus
The Goshen Sentry is basically a bus built on a RV platform
https://www.carsforsale.com/used_car...?vid=145810441
My bus is very similar but the paint needs attention

I have started to research tractor paint.
I just want a white paint job.
I don't want to destroy the value in the bus and want something that will hold up well.

Does anyone have a recommendation on a easy DIY paint that has pro like results.

Also what should a decent paint job cost in plain white? The windows take up more space then the body panels.

Does Anyone know of a good video system to add to the bus?

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Old 04-24-2014, 08:42 PM   #2
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Re: New Bus owner Questions about tractor paint RV style bus

These are a few thread that I used when deciding how to paint my bus,

http://www.instructables.com/id/Paint-Y ... Rustoleum/

http://www.meguiarsonline.com/forums/sh ... t-job-quot
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Re: New Bus owner Questions about tractor paint RV style bus

If you dont want to destroy the value of the bus, get it done right. If you want something that will last long and look good, skip it. Get it done professionally. Thats a pretty flat bus, should be pretty reasonable to paint. After the hours you would put into prepping the bus for paint, you really wont be saving much, if any. Lots and lots of prep work!!

This comes from experience by the way. ;) But I knew that going into it.
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Old 04-25-2014, 12:08 AM   #4
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Re: New Bus owner Questions about tractor paint RV style bus

Buses have no resale value.

This is one of the reasons for changing from a bus cab to a truck cab with my Haul All build. The truck gained $10,000 of value. When I convert to 4x4 it will gain another $10,000 of value.

Medium duty trucks hold their value. Buses just loose value.

Do you really want the hassle of looking after a (nice) paint job that big?

Or like most of us, just use some thing that looks good from 10 feet away, keeps the metal from rusting, and holds up well. Big rock chip, or a fender bender can be fixed with a spray can, or brush. Makes for stress free ownership.

IMO painting a full size bus should cost less than $500.

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Old 04-25-2014, 12:13 AM   #5
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Re: New Bus owner Questions about tractor paint RV style bus

Or if you like bling, how about a vinyl wrap?

Google automotive vinyl wrap.
https://www.google.ca/search?q=automoti ... 66&bih=664

Or Google Bus vinyl wrap.

https://www.google.ca/search?q=automoti ... l&tbm=isch

Or if you like a specific pattern like camo.

https://www.google.ca/search?q=automoti ... l&tbm=isch

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I have $350 info my paint job.

A good vinyl wrap on a Prevost is about $10,000.
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Re: New Bus owner Questions about tractor paint RV style bus

Quote:
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I have $350 info my paint job.

A good vinyl wrap on a Prevost is about $10,000.
Well...there goes my idea about wrapping my bus in World War I lozenge camouflage
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I have $350 info my paint job.

A good vinyl wrap on a Prevost is about $10,000.
Well...there goes my idea about wrapping my bus in World War I lozenge camouflage
Price looks like $5 a square foot to me.

http://www.camotruckwraps.com/product/C ... and-Sheets

http://www.metrorestyling.com/Digital-A ... armydg.htm

https://www.google.ca/search?newwindow= ... v2N7UI0OLY

Walls of a bus are approximately 6 feet x the length of the bus. I will go with a 38 foot.
6x38=228 square feet per wall. Rear would be 6x8=48 square feet.

So 2 walls at 228x2=456 + 38 for the rear wall = 494 square feet.

At $5 cents a square foot, we go 494 x $5 = $2479

So a DIY vinyl wrap for a big $ss 38 foot skoolie would cost around $3000.

Disclaimer.
I know nothing about how long this stuff lasts.

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I saw somewhere else on the forum I believe, maybe elsewhere, that a vinyl wrap starts to really fade in 3 years time.
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