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Old 02-22-2007, 06:47 AM   #1
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yellow bus paint

hi, i cut the back off my bus to build a toy hauler for my jeep and i am reattaching the rear cap now. where can i find yellow school bus paint to blend it all back in or what is the closest thing you guys have found. thanks for your help
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Old 02-22-2007, 08:34 AM   #2
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I just saw some yesterday at Ace Hardware. Our local store is also a Co-op so I'm not sure if they have it at a standalone Ace. It was grouped in with the farm equipment paint. TSC probably has it.
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Old 02-22-2007, 10:14 AM   #3
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But why
This is your opportunity / excuse to paint the whole silly thing!

My first bus got painted in a weekend by two people. With brushes.
It took just two gallons of Ace Rust Stop in "high hiding white" plus some
in a bright red for the rub rails. Maybe it was a three day weekend.
Buy lots of sandpaper and spend the first day sanding it real well so the new
paint sticks. Then mask it well. Then slap the paint on. Peel the masking tape
off as soon as the paint is no longer runny. Celebrate.
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Old 02-22-2007, 10:45 AM   #4
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I don't know about your state, but I believe The Peoples Republic of Illinois mandates that only SCHOOL buses can be painted school bus yellow, but I did see on Ebay some school bus paint for sale....
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Old 02-22-2007, 11:03 AM   #5
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That's another good point. I suspect that's the law everywhere, but I see that it is
not being enforced around here.

But I figure that skoolies have enough of an image problem -- which a paint job
can go a long way to correct.
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I've seen NSBC Yellow paint on eBay before. Heck...I've even seen CARC on there. Now THAT is some nasty stuff.
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Old 02-22-2007, 10:28 PM   #7
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It's not a law here in Va, but they do have other rules like not having the lights, names must be blacked out etc...

But the last thing I'd want to do is paint it school bus yellow. I'd pick up some Gloss while Rustoleum, mix it down 15% acetone, and spray the whole bus...takes about 2 gallons...that's all I used on mine!
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Several people are trying to convince me to spray Millicent rather than brush her.
I'm interested, but I have never sprayed anything in my life.

Ace Hardware Rust Stop is reported to be "generic Rustoleum".
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I bought a HVLP spray gun at Habro Frieght for $20 and a pressure regulator for another $5 and plugged the whole thing into the brake system 1/4" air outlet....worked just fine!! Spraying will not only provide a much better looking finish, it will be a hell of a lot easier to do! I know, I used a roller on the roof and and it took 2 days to get it done and do it right.

I painted the whole rest of the bus in 2 days also...but with all those rub rails and stuff....the spray painting made it go on quick and easy!! Sure, I've got some runs here and there, and since I did it outside I'm sure there is a bug or two stuck in it somewhere...but as a whole it looks pretty darn good actually!!!
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Wow, well that confirms what I keep hearing. I just might do that. Good old Harbor Freight
tool store! I think I saw some inexpensive spray guns at the NAPA store also recently.
By the time I finish skinning, I'll probably be convinced.
If the bus engine can keep up, my little shop compressor might manage also.
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