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Old 04-23-2016, 05:24 PM   #1
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Yellow bus or repaint? State info requested.

In Virginia, ONLY school buses can be yellow, have safety lights/signs, and have the "school bus" label in 8" high black letters. The key word is "AND". Keeping it yellow is legal if I get rid of the last one or two items. We're low-budget, and would like to avoid the paint cost (and effort) if possible.

But I want to travel across country and don't want trouble.

What is the situation in your state? Can I drive across it in a yellow bus with lights and stop sign removed, and with the school labels painted over?

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This is a common discussion. I too live in a state where it can be yellow as long as it doesn't say "SCHOOL" or "BUS", or does have flashing lights painted over and not having a working stop sign. Between us are states that do not allow school buses to be yellow, or sometimes not more than 50% yellow. If you're going interstate it's generally considered to be safer to paint your vehicle in the most inexpensive way you can find. Real paint jobs are touted at about $5k.
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in ohio its supposed to be less than 50% yellow.. but it seems there are lots of old yellow busses around here with simply black spray paint over the school flashers and the word 'STOP' and the school names blacked out, as well as 'SCHOOL BUS' at the top...

there are nicely painted busses but plenty of mostly yellow ones too...

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... Real paint jobs are touted at about $5k.
Yeah. Mine would be more like two hundred ($5K is what I expect to pay for the bus, the setup, the diesel, AND the food we eat on the trip). Yay for rollers and Rustoleum! Thanks...
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I guess I got lucky that my paint job including quite a bit of metal work is less than 3k.. and ive seen their work.. but I also bought the bus from the same place so i may be getting a good price because of that..
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Yeah. Mine would be more like two hundred ($5K is what I expect to pay for the bus, the setup, the diesel, AND the food we eat on the trip). Yay for rollers and Rustoleum! Thanks...
If you prep carefully and put it down right, you can paint your bus WELL for a couple hundred bucks or less.
And it will look better than the Maaco-type jobs people cough up the thousands for.
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Yeah, searching for Rustoleum brought me to a couple of threads which looked intriguing...
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Yeah, searching for Rustoleum brought me to a couple of threads which looked intriguing...
I've been painting mine with Rustoleum. I like it a lot for the money.
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I painted my Power Wagon with Rustoleum years ago. Nearing half of it has pealed off now, but it's been near 25 years and I didn't use a hardener in it. Interestingly enough my base coat of rudy brown is still hanging on extremely well considering I live in a coastal environment. I sprayed it on with an airless house painting gun which is remarkably fast. The prep time takes days though.
Still, that will also be the way I paint my "van". I've been painting trucks for years, and a two inch paint brush makes the best paint job for some reason. It's kind of slow compared to a 4" brush, but the results are day and night.
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I painted my Power Wagon with Rustoleum years ago. Nearing half of it has pealed off now, but it's been near 25 years and I didn't use a hardener in it. Interestingly enough my base coat of rudy brown is still hanging on extremely well considering I live in a coastal environment. I sprayed it on with an airless house painting gun which is remarkably fast. The prep time takes days though.
Still, that will also be the way I paint my "van". I've been painting trucks for years, and a two inch paint brush makes the best paint job for some reason. It's kind of slow compared to a 4" brush, but the results are day and night.
Not sure what you're saying: if you had a friend (well, a fellow member on Skoolie.net) with limited dough who needed to paint, what sort of prep, paint and application method would you recommend?
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