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Old 12-20-2015, 02:34 PM   #1
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Show off your paint job

I'm looking at paint jobs. In addition to color choices on something the size of a bus, I'm also interested to see how people deal with the rub strips...same color, different color, or part of a pattern.

Anyway, I posted my query in the suggestion box, and nobody pointed and said "Hey, noob, there's a thread on that already", so I figured I'd start one. As was mentioned by another member, google image search only goes so far, and looking through all the albums is time consuming.

Personally, this is what I'd like to see...

- A good side view or 3/4 view of your paint job
- What paint you used, how much was required, and how you applied it.
- How long it's been on there, and how it's held up.
- What you'd do differently if you had to do it again.

Big bus, little bus, school bus, metro bus, whatever. Show it off.
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Old 12-20-2015, 03:03 PM   #2
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While I'm still working on my bus, I went with ACE Hardware's Rust Stop, in International Blue (too many rattle cans so far), while leaving the upper rub rails black, the skirt rails getting a Rustoleum spray-on bedliner treatment. It's entering it's second South Jersey winter, but hasn't faded much.

What I'd do differently? Spray the entire thing then mask and paint the rub rails black again.
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Old 12-20-2015, 04:44 PM   #3
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Old 12-20-2015, 05:58 PM   #4
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Here is our paint job. Trimclad at its best. Not as fancy as some of paint jobs we have seen but it still turns heads. We do like the two tone. Should mention this was all done with brush and foam roller with at least 90% of the credit going to my lovely talented wife.
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Old 12-20-2015, 10:20 PM   #5
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I painted our bus in 07 with CarQuest implement enamel paint.
Never painted a vehicle before.
My goal was to have it look good at 50 feet.
It doesn't look too bad at 10 feet.
The bus has to be outside most of the time,
So the paint has faded a bit.
If I did it again I would get help and use better paint.
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Old 12-20-2015, 10:34 PM   #6
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If I had it to do over again, I would have left it yellow. Only mistake I made with this bus.

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Old 12-20-2015, 11:21 PM   #7
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I like your deer pusher, did you build it?
Have you "tested" it?
I hope to make one this winter yet.
Anyone else make a deer pusher and test it? Pictures please.
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Old 12-20-2015, 11:29 PM   #8
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Yep, made it.

No, but I did hit one before I put it on though.
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If I had it to do over again, I would have left it yellow. Only mistake I made with this bus.
Why would you have left it yellow?
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Prepping a school bus for paint is an over the top major job. I didnt do that and now its showing....which I expected. Too many curves, rivets, etc to prep a but correctly, unless you can sandblast.

The yellow paint job was the best job money could buy. I live in a harsh environment. Nothing shy of a professional paint job will work here.

Now, the paint is starting to fall off. Sandblasting is now the only option...which actually is no option.
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