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Old 05-20-2011, 10:52 AM   #11
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Re: Splash Party Bus (97 E350)

those wheel covers look sharp. they just fit on like hub caps? how much $$$ did ya have dish out lol
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Old 05-20-2011, 04:53 PM   #12
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the simulators cost about $150 including shipping.

I've been busy today prepping for the paint. I spent a surprising amount of time repairing a rust hole in the front fender. If i had realized it was going to take me half a day of sanding to fix it, i would have just gone out and bought a new fender. In the end, the repair looks quite nice.

I forgot how much work it was prepping a bus for paint, although this was a lot less work than a traditional skoolie. Nearly everything is masked, most of the lights removed. I still need to finish sanding. I think the weather has convinced me to wait until tomorrow to actually paint.



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Old 05-20-2011, 07:06 PM   #13
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prepped for launch captain!
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here are the simulators i bought....i don't know how long this link will continue to work....

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here she is after a coat of primer:




and here she is all black, before clear coat:



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Old 05-22-2011, 12:23 PM   #16
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Today i am wrecking the inside of the bus.

Before:



I pulled out tons of plastic trim pieces for spray painting.....Do you guys sometimes ever wonder if your gonna be able to put everything back together when your finished?



Started out painting the ceiling blue.



Then decided we didn't like the white....so painted all of the white black...well, not quite done, but getting there. The blue on black really looks sharp.

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Yea--i determined that (and it was confirmed by a bodyman buddy that tuored the factories) that to get at the floor, you have to start taking things off the ceiling. The way they overlap things is a nitemare.
Can you do me a favor? Can you send a pic of your door opening mechanism? Mine is done already, (converted from manual to electric)but like to see how it was factory made.
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Old 05-22-2011, 06:51 PM   #18
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wish i could get my hands on one of those fold up seats with belts! id use that for my passenger lol
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Nice paint, what kind of sprayer do you have? Thanks for the link btw.
I have an el cheapo HVLP sprayer, bu i actually use it as a hvhp sprayer (if there was such a thing) I do about 100 psi, if the compressor keeps up. I use rustoleam commercial by the gallon paint, thinned about 25 percent with acetone. I don't actually use any measuring devices, i just mix the acetone in each time i re-fill the sprayer. I dump in paint, then acetone, then use a stir stick to mix it up.

Don't tell anybody, as there can certainly be safety issues if not done properly, but i also heat up the gallon of paint before i use it. Today i set it on top of a heater that gets about 115 degrees to the touch. My goal is to heat the paint up to about 80 degrees or so. I would come by and shake it up every few minutes or so. When i had a different setup, i used to set the paint on top of the air compressor, which would both heat the paint and help stir it up. Warm paint sprays better. It had been about 50 degrees the night before i painted and the paint was outside in the bus.



I also read about a new trick, which is wiping down the entire bus with alcohol before painting. I used to use mineral spirits, but the advantage of the alcohol is that it mixes with both oil and water, removing both from the surface.

I filled the bus up with fuel for the first time, then we drove 90 miles, for a total of about 100 miles for the day. This is the first time i've driven the bus since i purchased it. Here we are at Mcdonalds:



Did i mention the paint for the ceiling is some of the most UV reflective paint money can buy? the same paint that Blue Man Group uses?

I still have to install 2 more UV lights...



Tomorrow i have to work,,,,but i've made pretty good progress on the bus in the past 3 days.

This Friday is the big concert. I'm nearly out of time, and i have to work 56 hours this week at my place of employment. I really don't have any seating inside the bus yet, so that is the next priority. I won't have time to install the new flooring. I ordered some vinyl graphic's that will hopefully be here before friday, might run out of time to install them however. I wish i could keep going tonight, but it's 10pm and i started working on the bus about 6am.
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one more thing.....I don't use a sprayer inside the bus. In the good old days i used to (this is my sixth bus conversion) but the environment inside the bus gets so hazardous that a fully self contained breathing apparatus is required. Now i just use a roller. I think it's actually faster than masking all the windows and other items.
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