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Old 03-25-2015, 02:31 PM   #11
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There is a product called TSP used for prepping for paint. It works well, it's cheap available at Home Depot in the paint department. It has been banned in some regions of the country due to environmental concerns but if you are planning this for the outside of your bus, I would think mineral spirits or acetone are way worse to wash down a storm drain. I think painters call it sugar soap or something like that. We used it to clean our bus and it did a great job with little work involved. It is a non sudsing cleaner which is kinda weird to work... mainly it seems like when you wash your car and the soap stops foaming you know you need more soap.... well this stuff doesn't make the foam, but it does work! Make sure you protect your eyes.
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Old 03-25-2015, 03:10 PM   #12
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As said above, The painter that's painting my project said to wash with TSP using a scotch bright pad....washed and scuffed at the same time.
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Old 03-25-2015, 03:27 PM   #13
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Awesome!! I will look for that. Did you guys sand down your bus as well then use the TSP? If so what did you use to sand it down and what paint did you use?

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...was told to use roughest scotch bright pad and TSP, no sanding needed. The scotch bright pad comes in different colours for different grits, you can rinse out the pad while washing 15 years of age, sap, etc.

Note, if you don't sand and it peels, it's even $#!ttier to it the second time, my $.02
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Old 03-25-2015, 03:52 PM   #15
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TSP would be perfect for a bus. Wouldn't think you'd need any sanding unless you have rough spots where trim or removed rails were. Doubt you'll need to though.
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Old 03-25-2015, 05:46 PM   #16
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Gotcha that makes sense I will try that tonight!! Thank you!
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Old 03-25-2015, 05:46 PM   #17
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There are chemicals that chemically etch the metal for painting.

No sanding needed.

There is no way your going to sand all the little hard to get corners and such.

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Old 03-25-2015, 05:48 PM   #18
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Thanks for the info natster! Do you know the names of these products and where to get them?
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It Fully depends on what kind of paint you will be using.

I would do some reading on Google.

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There is also a common hardware/paint store product called "Liquid Sandpaper" that works well for deglossing prep work. But only as long as the paint you intend to cover is well bonded and not peeling or flaking. That...you gotta' sand or strip.

I've used it many times exactly as indicated above...in conjunction with a scuff pad. Doesn't take much work at all. But like TSP...it is not something you want to use as mouthwash or pour into your potato patch when done. Observe the manufacturers recommendations. Use chem proof gloves and keep it out of your eyes too.
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