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Old 11-04-2017, 05:21 PM   #1
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Paint and other recommendations...

Hey everyone,

I'm 18 years old, and I just bought a 2002 Thomas FS-65. No rust on it, brand new transmission put in by the district, and I'm rolling. I have done years of research on Skoolie's and want to ask a few, very specific questions.
  1. What kind of paint do I need to use, and what products should I use to paint the bus (brushes, rollers, etc.)?
  2. What do you use to cover the windows that won't be used?

I have posted a picture of the bus itself, and a picture of some of the seats taken out.
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Old 11-04-2017, 10:50 PM   #2
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Welcome to the group! Congrats on your first bus. Everyone uses different things to paint their bus. I through on some Rustoleum Primer Spray today and plan on spraying the color on as well... spray as in spray can... others roll, other's use a paint sprayer, etc.

There are several threads about painting here. If you check out my WanderLust Bus build (http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f11/th...tml#post232703) I just posted some pics of the awesome number and decal wheel that I used to get them off of the bus with ease.

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Old 11-10-2017, 04:09 PM   #3
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We opted for Rustoleum paint. Almost everyone will say to prime the whole thing but I just sanded off all the logos and primed them since there was raw metal showing. Saved a lot of money on Primer and in the end were super happy after 3 coats.


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Old 11-10-2017, 04:54 PM   #4
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Looks great, Blue!
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Looks great, Blue!


Thanks! still have some bumpers and rims to accent white but were in love with the Rustoleum, it sticks to everything.


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I like it too.
Have you tried using it with an enamel hardener?
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I like it too.

Have you tried using it with an enamel hardener?


Never added any enamel hardener but I hear it helps it dry faster.

Forgot to mention we thinned it out and used Ultra Smooth Surface rollers of various sizes. Took a solid 3 weeks but we have too much wind to spray without ruining the place were parked at. Definitely spray if you have the chance Id say after rolling and dabbing with sponge brushes.


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Never added any enamel hardener but I hear it helps it dry faster.

Forgot to mention we thinned it out and used Ultra Smooth Surface rollers of various sizes. Took a solid 3 weeks but we have too much wind to spray without ruining the place were parked at. Definitely spray if you have the chance Id say after rolling and dabbing with sponge brushes.


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yeah, thinning it a bit is good, too.
the hardener makes it dry faster, but it makes for a bit more durable finish. I've only used it recently, but its nice.
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yeah, thinning it a bit is good, too.

the hardener makes it dry faster, but it makes for a bit more durable finish. I've only used it recently, but its nice.


Oh good to know! That would be perfect to use on rims and bumpers since I still have to do them anyway.


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Wondering if anyone splurged and spent the money on the three part Delstar enamel? I painted some add on cabinets for my tool box and it stands up well to Knicks and dings. It was over$200 a gallon with thinner and hardener.

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