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Old 08-16-2016, 08:46 AM   #1
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School BUs Tinted Windows

I have a possible opportunity to get all of my windows replaced with factory tinted bus windows. A local scarp yard was helping me find a replacement for one I broke... and when they brought me two TINTED windows, my eyes lit up. I can likely replace all of mine for around $300. While I know there are people who talk about the inefficiency of the bus windows, I wondered if any had experience with the tinted variety. $300 is a whole lot cheaper than a couple RV windows, and since we aren't living in it full time, and instead just camping, I just thought I would check to see if anyone and experience with them in terms of blocking some heat from the sun as well as privacy (obviously that depends on how dark they are but I was just curious).

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Old 08-16-2016, 09:01 AM   #2
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As inefficient as our school bus windows are I'm of the belief that every little bit helps. My bus came with tinted windows and I really like that fact. Tinted windows in combination with a white insulating paint on the roof can make a big difference in the reduction of heat getting into the bus. Good luck with whatever you choose.
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Thank you for your insight! I'm definitely painting our roof white as well.
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Id love to get ahold of tinted windows that would fit my bus!!. i would jump on those in a heartbeat!..
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i got 11 of my windows limo tinted, for $230 i took them all out to take in nobody can see in and the heat droped tramedously inside but i still have 5 more windows to tint. the four in the rear and a small side window up front. but i have a short bus.
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Old 08-18-2016, 11:01 PM   #6
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What is your recommendation for a GOOD white insulating paint? I'd like it to last
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What is your recommendation for a GOOD white insulating paint? I'd like it to last
I believe there are a couple of companies out there that have a similar product but this is the company I'm going to go with. They have good reviews.

They have two products. Insulating ceramic beads that you can mix into your own paint, and then a product called "BusKote" that is an elastomeric rubberized paint that has the insulating beads already mixed in.

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Old 08-19-2016, 06:34 AM   #8
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Checking out that buskote. Sounds great! Do you know if you need any prep other than sanding your roof?
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Checking out that buskote. Sounds great! Do you know if you need any prep other than sanding your roof?
I would sand the roof and then wipe it down with acetone to make sure it's good and clean before putting down the paint. Then just roll it on. I'd go with 2-3 coats for proper coverage.
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Awesome. Thanks.


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