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Old 08-04-2016, 07:45 PM   #1
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Painting my skoolie

Hey guys im gettig ready to paint my bus soon and was wondering what u folks think. I have a budget of 400 dollars for paint since most of my money is going for the interior and solar power. I was told that getting a good exterior paint and rolling it on would be better than spraying it was rattle cans. I asked a few local body shops and they are way over my budget just for a base coat and with me prepping it. I dont own a spray gun so im sort of lost for ideas. Id hate to paint it and have it look to much like crap or have to redo it a year later. Any advice on this would be great.
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Old 08-04-2016, 08:49 PM   #2
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Hey guys im gettig ready to paint my bus soon and was wondering what u folks think. I have a budget of 400 dollars for paint since most of my money is going for the interior and solar power. I was told that getting a good exterior paint and rolling it on would be better than spraying it was rattle cans. I asked a few local body shops and they are way over my budget just for a base coat and with me prepping it. I dont own a spray gun so im sort of lost for ideas. Id hate to paint it and have it look to much like crap or have to redo it a year later. Any advice on this would be great.

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Old 08-04-2016, 09:20 PM   #3
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Tobiasrides used oil based exterior paint, I've stopped by & seen it & it looks really good, I'm thinking I'm going to go that route, he also has a photo album on the board.


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Old 08-04-2016, 11:58 PM   #4
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Use oil based primer/paint. Many suggest tractor/heavy equipment paint. Rustoleum often get recommended a lot too. Rolling works fine. A Wagner Power Painter is an economical alternative, with a nicer finish. Most paints will require a bit of thinning to spray.

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Old 08-05-2016, 12:40 AM   #5
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Oil based...Oui!!! Water based...No!!!
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Old 08-05-2016, 04:56 AM   #6
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Thanks guys i appreciate the help. I will go with an oil based paint and roll it on and use a brush to get all the nooks and crannies. Ill post pics when i get it done.
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Old 08-05-2016, 07:51 AM   #7
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Thanks guys i appreciate the help. I will go with an oil based paint and roll it on and use a brush to get all the nooks and crannies. Ill post pics when i get it done.
No no no! That's not how we roll!!!

We want before, during, and after pics!

YouTube videos are icing on the cake!


After you post enough pictures and YouTube videos... The admins here will give you the password to the hidden section of the discussion board... But, the number of pics & vids is quite high, so it's best to be an over achiever in this case
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Old 08-05-2016, 03:34 PM   #8
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Hey guys im gettig ready to paint my bus soon and was wondering what u folks think. I have a budget of 400 dollars for paint since most of my money is going for the interior and solar power. I was told that getting a good exterior paint and rolling it on would be better than spraying it was rattle cans. I asked a few local body shops and they are way over my budget just for a base coat and with me prepping it. I dont own a spray gun so im sort of lost for ideas. Id hate to paint it and have it look to much like crap or have to redo it a year later. Any advice on this would be great.
If you don't want to use rollers you could check a rental company. They probably will have sprayers small large industrial. Don't know the price tho. Just a thought
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Old 08-05-2016, 09:52 PM   #9
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Lol yeah sorry I forget about the before and during part. But I do have a pic of it in the photo album part. I didn't know how to post a pic in the thread part. I'm not good with technology lol
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I used Alkaline exterior paint, a bunch of friends, a day of tapping, a **** load of rollers and got something beautiful! all for about $400
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Old 08-06-2016, 06:47 AM   #11
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Oil based...Oui!!! Water based...No!!!
Well, there goes my plan of shooting Tamiya acrylics out my airbrush...
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Old 08-06-2016, 11:24 PM   #12
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Hey scooternj maybe u can get an oil based paint for that fancy air brush of yours. Its worth a shot.
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Old 08-30-2016, 08:56 PM   #13
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Hey guys just letting you know i finally have my bus in the shed and started prepping and painting it. For some reason the site wont let me upload pics to my album. But when it will work i will post pics. My goal is to have it all painted by sept 9th. Id like to take it on a couple camp trips during the fall
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Old 09-01-2016, 06:55 AM   #14
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I finally got pics posted in my album of what i have started
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Old 09-08-2016, 04:38 PM   #15
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Well i finally got my bus painted. I used an out door paint for metal. Its dutch boy. I think it turned out good for the money. I purchased 4 gallons but only used 2. And thats after 2 coats of paint. I posted the pics in my album. I also purchased 4 new drive tires at 255.00 a piece. And mounting was done free from a friend.
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Old 09-09-2016, 08:02 AM   #17
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How do you thin oil based paint?
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How do you thin oil based paint?
acetone is what I use.
Just follow the directions on the label.
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