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Old 06-02-2016, 02:12 PM   #1
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Temporary paint?

Hey Everyone,

I am helping out with a short bus project and we are looking at the requirement that the bus be non-yellow for titling as an RV.

We are far from ready to paint and I started thinking about some kind of temp paint job.

My thought is to do a Q&D mask job and spray or roll on a quick coat of cheap interior latex or some suitable coating and then take it to the carwash after having it inspected.

Some kind of craft paint perhaps? I also saw a picture of some kind of paint that was sprayed onto the hood of a car and then later simply pealed off. No clue what it was.

Suggestions?

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Hey Everyone,

I am helping out with a short bus project and we are looking at the requirement that the bus be non-yellow for titling as an RV.

We are far from ready to paint and I started thinking about some kind of temp paint job.

My thought is to do a Q&D mask job and spray or roll on a quick coat of cheap interior latex or some suitable coating and then take it to the carwash after having it inspected.

Some kind of craft paint perhaps? I also saw a picture of some kind of paint that was sprayed onto the hood of a car and then later simply pealed off. No clue what it was.

Suggestions?

Thanks.

S.
Just do a quick prep job and mask it. Then hit it with rustoleum or something like it.
A whole gallon of Rustoleum is around $25. Pick your favorite color.
The peel-able paints are crap and will cost a lot more and take just as long to properly put on. They don't "just peel off", either.
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"My thought is to do a Q&D mask job and spray or roll on a quick coat of cheap interior latex or some suitable coating and then take it to the carwash after having it inspected."

Then it will be yellow again and the ticket will be the same!?!

Ditto ECCB's remark.
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"My thought is to do a Q&D mask job and spray or roll on a quick coat of cheap interior latex or some suitable coating and then take it to the carwash after having it inspected."

Then it will be yellow again and the ticket will be the same!?!

Ditto ECCB's remark.
I understand:

1) Buy bus & get trip permit to bring bus home.
2) Prep & paint bus w/ rustolium
3) Pass (hopefully) inspection.
4) Take bus home and perform significant body repairs & modifications.

5) Prep & paint bus w/ rustolium

I was hoping not to perform a proper prep & paint twice. Hence my question.
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Exterior latex seems to work well. Get the cheapest you can find. After a few weeks, you can hit it with a wire brush or pressure washer. Mine is auto-shedding its skin after just a few weeks....
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Ace Rust Stop works nice too.
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I understand:

1) Buy bus & get trip permit to bring bus home.
2) Prep & paint bus w/ rustolium
3) Pass (hopefully) inspection.
4) Take bus home and perform significant body repairs & modifications.

5) Prep & paint bus w/ rustolium

I was hoping not to perform a proper prep & paint twice. Hence my question.

Hard to do "temporary" when painting something that will literally take gallons of paint. The amount of effort that a crappy paint job takes is still quite substantial.
I wasn't saying to make it a showpiece. Just pressure wash it, hit any horrible areas with a sander, mask off the bulk of what you can, and paint it some color you like that's cheap.
That's about as quick a job as you're gonna pull off painting a bus, man.
Once you're home free and titled or whatever, you can give the whole bus a good sanding and do any body work you need to do.
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What a about a cheap "wrap" job -- how does craft/hobby/sign-making vinyl compare to paint in price and effort? How much of the body must change color? For example, on the sides could you get away with only changing the color of the spaces between the rub rails, under the windows?
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Seems to me you'd be better off in the long run doing a decent prep job and rolling on a coat of primer. When you finally decide to paint it you'll have a decent base.

Doing it the easy way now will cost you later.
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Seems to me you'd be better off in the long run doing a decent prep job and rolling on a coat of primer. When you finally decide to paint it you'll have a decent base.

Doing it the easy way now will cost you later.
That's a great suggestion.
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