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Old 03-19-2018, 11:45 PM   #1
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Yellow colored bus driving through Cali etc

So I have read so much here and there on the laws surrounding the yellow color. I understand that each state has its own rules with California seeming to be the strictest.
However.... what I am hoping that someone can confirm without a doubt is whether the color is a problem for registration within the state only or for actually driving within the state. I have no problem registering my yellow bus where I live in Mexico but I plan to be driving through and around California and several other states each summer. Before I go through the trouble of painting another color... I could be just as happy with a fresh coat of school bus yellow and make it easy.
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Old 03-20-2018, 10:38 AM   #2
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So I have read so much here and there on the laws surrounding the yellow color. I understand that each state has its own rules with California seeming to be the strictest.
However.... what I am hoping that someone can confirm without a doubt is whether the color is a problem for registration within the state only or for actually driving within the state. I have no problem registering my yellow bus where I live in Mexico but I plan to be driving through and around California and several other states each summer. Before I go through the trouble of painting another color... I could be just as happy with a fresh coat of school bus yellow and make it easy.
I would suggest sending an email to the California Highway Patrol and asking them directly. I am thinking if your bus is registered and legal in Mexico, and is able to be brought into the U.S. then California should honor federal DOT rules and permissions. However as you noted, each state does its own thing which can make things a bit confusing sometimes...

If it were ME doing it, I would paint that thing anything but school bus yellow , and remove any of the stop signs etc... that indicate it is a school bus before even looking at California. Since you will be travelling in the desert southwest, I suggest a nice white paint that reflects the heat well...
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Old 03-20-2018, 10:25 PM   #3
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I would suggest sending an email to the California Highway Patrol and asking them directly. I am thinking if your bus is registered and legal in Mexico, and is able to be brought into the U.S. then California should honor federal DOT rules and permissions. However as you noted, each state does its own thing which can make things a bit confusing sometimes...

If it were ME doing it, I would paint that thing anything but school bus yellow , and remove any of the stop signs etc... that indicate it is a school bus before even looking at California. Since you will be travelling in the desert southwest, I suggest a nice white paint that reflects the heat well...
Absolutely white, at least the roof, for desert and California. But elastomeric coating, not just regular paint on top.

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Old 03-21-2018, 06:39 AM   #4
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flat white rustoleum reflects the most heat. elastomeric collects allot of dirt.
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Old 03-21-2018, 08:54 AM   #5
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flat white rustoleum reflects the most heat. elastomeric collects allot of dirt.
Can you put Rust-Oleum on top of the elastomeric? Because the not leaking part is pretty critical.

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Old 03-21-2018, 10:07 AM   #6
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There are a couple of clear finishes for elastomeric paint that help keep the grime down.
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Old 03-23-2018, 01:03 AM   #7
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Coming from California, unless it is a school bus used by a school (private or public) it CANNOT be School Bus Yellow. PERIOD. Was glad I left as I did NOT want to paint my bus (I like the yellow). Has to have all school markings removed, red lights and stop sign included. I visit often and have not had trouble yet but I'm a Nervous Nelly every time I visit as I stick out like a sore thumb. As long as the bus looks the part though n you don't do anything to draw attention you should be able to drive under the radar.
Or just avoid the state and go through AZ or Texas.
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Old 03-25-2018, 02:20 AM   #8
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Coming from California, unless it is a school bus used by a school (private or public) it CANNOT be School Bus Yellow. PERIOD. Was glad I left as I did NOT want to paint my bus (I like the yellow). Has to have all school markings removed, red lights and stop sign included. I visit often and have not had trouble yet but I'm a Nervous Nelly every time I visit as I stick out like a sore thumb. As long as the bus looks the part though n you don't do anything to draw attention you should be able to drive under the radar.
Or just avoid the state and go through AZ or Texas.
I've been toying with potential paint schemes and colors and I was sort of leaning towards a Black and Yellow theme... Basically a fresh coat of school bus yellow and shine up the chrome accents on the front of the bus and then once you get past the drivers area it would like it was coming off to show the black exterior underneath in a shiny metallic or something else eye catching and perhaps painting the bumper rails yellow for accent on the black. However... I plan to have this bus mostly in the Nevada area with trips to LA area in California. Would the yellow front end give me a hard time if I were to remove the stop sign and school bus markings as I planned to anyway?

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Old 03-25-2018, 02:28 AM   #9
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I've been toying with potential paint schemes and colors and I was sort of leaning towards a Black and Yellow theme... Basically a fresh coat of school bus yellow and shine up the chrome accents on the front of the bus and then once you get past the drivers area it would like it was coming off to show the black exterior underneath in a shiny metallic or something else eye catching and perhaps painting the bumper rails yellow for accent on the black. However... I plan to have this bus mostly in the Nevada area with trips to LA area in California. Would the yellow front end give me a hard time if I were to remove the stop sign and school bus markings as I planned to anyway?

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In a word, yes.

Not in every state, but is some states even a hint of School Bus Yellow could get you a ticket.

This is not an area governed by your home state rules. Many states demand a color change. Some say no more than 25% yellow, others don't specify an amount of yellow, so assume it to be zero.
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Old 03-25-2018, 11:39 AM   #10
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Hmm that sucks lol

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