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Old 11-22-2007, 02:30 PM   #11
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Re: Paint...and more paint...and more paint...

Hi Dave,

It's taken me a few days to find this site again, but I think it's well, worth, the effort.

The guy on this site is a professional converter, working on high end conversions. He has a lot of good methods on doing a conversion cheaply and easily.

Here the link to removing paint: http://users.cwnet.com/~thall/fredhobe4.htm

Hope this helps,

Robert

BTW, I have no vested interest in promoting his site.
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Old 11-24-2007, 08:40 PM   #12
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Re: Paint...and more paint...and more paint...

There are problems, as I see it, with using a chemical stripping method; the biggest of those is that doing it where she is currently sitting would create a toxic bog under the bus that could take *months* to dry out. As I have underbody work to do, I really don't want to crawl into a toxic waste dump to do it...or even send my teenaged minion under there, either, though she can be pretty toxic herself, at times.

Yeah. Try single-dadding a teenager yourself, smarty, then tell me I'm exaggerating. Right.

Now, if I could find a lot or something nearby where I could do that chore, maybe...or someplace that we could move the bus *to* for that operation, then move it back, I might go for that method. It'd have to have power, natch, to drive the pressure washer. Might look into that. Worst comes to worst, I could pull it out to the end of the driveway closer to the street (which is in full sun all day, alas) and hose it off there. Start early-ish some morning, when it's warm enough, and that'd give it time to work before it dried out. Maybe. But at least the bog would dry quicker.

Using a sandblaster might be attractive, but for the cost of a bigger compressor, and the spectacular cost of large quantities of crushed walnut media for it. The little one-lung pancake compressor I have is just not up to this big a flow of air.

So it may be the brute-force method for me, a section at a time. Of course, I can't do doodly squat on the outside right now; our weather turned ugly on Thanksgiving day after months of gorgeous weather. Over two inches of snow--the first we'd had in over a year--and freezing temps. Today, sleet and rain all day. So I worked on the wiring for a while, until I decided it was very, very cold, and came inside. No telling what tomorrow holds...

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Old 11-25-2007, 04:28 AM   #13
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Re: Paint...and more paint...and more paint...

Well Dave, I feel your pain. It looks like you might have to do it with a lot of elbow grease.

I'm also having a problem on finding a place to paint (or even to work on mine). I have it in a storage lot and I even have to bring in my own electricity.

Oh well, we do what we can.

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Re: Paint...and more paint...and more paint...

ok i have 4 coats of paint on my bus so i pressure washed the daylights out of it and removed alot of paint you can see the pics on my 65 chevy bus thread in the projects i then use a big woven wire wheel and let it have it i go right to metal then use a self etching primer and cover the bare metal i will paint later when the weather is warmer this is the cheapest and less messiest way wear a mask and lay plastic to catch the paint flakes their will be lots but at least there is no chemicals no sand and the big woven wheel gets pretty good milage do not get the non woven wheel or you will be picking wire out of your arms oh yea keep your mouth closed at all times timbuk
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