My bus has had a very troubled existence...started out as a school bus, then a couple of different churches (each of which repainted her, badly), and finally a hunting cabin (whose owners painted the roof, badly, and painted over all the church wording, also badly).
I've got three or four really peely, really brush-stroked coats of paint almost all over the bus!
Now, if my pop was still alive, I'd ask for his bodywork expertise, but alas, he is watching from above (and probably...well, likely...laughing his butt off at me about now). It is looking more and more like I'm just going to have to strip the bus to bare metal
to get the quality of paint job I want.
I know, I know...it's a 35-plus-year-old school bus. I should not be so fussy. But I am.
Anyone know a good, fast, effective, cheap (in any combination) way to strip every scrap of paint off of her hide?
Sanding/stripping wheels are pricey, but work pretty darn well...just takes a lot of elbow grease. Flapwheels on the angle grinder, at 120 grit, will pull paint off of flat surfaces amazingly well, but will also change the shape of rivet heads in a split-second. Anyone tried a combination approach?
Anyone tried chemical strippers, like the cleverly-named "Aircraft remover"? I'm not keen on chemical removers, for environmental reasons, but I might make an exception in this case.
I'm not a hardcore environmentalist, anyway...