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Old 03-26-2008, 09:20 AM   #151
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Re: Jacuzzi Bus IV

Is there much of a market in your neck of the woods for a party bus? I can't imagine that there's a whole lotta folks around there with a ton of money burning a hole in their pockets.

I really think paint is the answer. Your last bus brought way more than you could have hoped for and it had a kick ass paint job.

Painting is expensive.....when you need to hire someone. You obviously don't have to.

Paint that sucker up. Do some party work, for money, if possible. Take lots of videos of the parties and post them on you tube. Then list it.

If you do decide to do some commercial limo work with it, I suggest you look into leasing it to an existing limo company. They already have the insurance and permits. They know the business and maybe if it goes well enough, they might buy it from you.

One other thing. Your girlfriend is cute and all, but, on your next ebay posting, use the pic of the brunette with the big cans!!!!
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Old 03-26-2008, 01:09 PM   #152
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One thing i noticed when i drove the old bus(s) around, people would stare at me all the time. With the new bus, nobody looks twice. I have to wait for it to warm up a bit, then i think i'll go ahead and paint this bus...how does black with flames sound? original eh?

someone mentioned that i should pant the flames with UV paint. I've thought about this in the past also. It's latex, which is really a drag, not really meant for exterior automotive purposes. However, if i cover it in automotive clearcoat it should be just fine assuming two things:
1. the latex paint plays nicely with the automotive clearcoat..
2. the clearcoat doesn't block UV light. It's possible that blocking UV light is exactly how automotive clearcoat protects the paint from fading.

I have some uv pant left over, and some clearcoat, i think an experiment is in order.
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Old 03-26-2008, 02:00 PM   #153
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I have some uv pant left over, and some clearcoat, i think an experiment is in order.
That was I that asked about that, let me know how it turns out!
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Old 03-31-2008, 07:10 PM   #154
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The UV paint would be cool and all, but I seriously doubt it would help it sell any better to be honest. Then, you'd have the problem of lighting all of the paint without lights that stick way out. I'd just do the usual black with flames! It is a pretty kick ass paint scheme!
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Old 03-31-2008, 11:24 PM   #155
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The UV paint would be cool and all, but I seriously doubt it would help it sell any better to be honest. Then, you'd have the problem of lighting all of the paint without lights that stick way out. I'd just do the usual black with flames! It is a pretty kick ass paint scheme!
i agree...the concept is cool, but in practice would be a bit of a pain. perhaps i'll save that idea for my next burningman bus.

i'm not getting my hopes up, but someone called about the bus today. turns out he's a very wealthy resident in my small town. he wants to take a look at it this week. i'm not sure what he wants exactly....when we started the phone conversation he was looking for a bus he can use to haul his harleys, but after he was finished listening to me tell him this is not a good bus for that he seemed more convinced than ever that he needs to come check it out....and he wanted to know if the price was negotiable. he apparently has never seen a bus with a jacuzzi inside before.

he also mentioned that he has a bus he bought and never converted.....if he doesn't buy mine, perhaps i can talk him into letting us customize his bus into a toy hauler.
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Old 03-31-2008, 11:47 PM   #156
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Good luck with it.
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Old 04-01-2008, 01:07 AM   #157
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...he also mentioned that he has a bus he bought and never converted.....if he doesn't buy mine, perhaps i can talk him into letting us customize his bus into a toy hauler.
There you go! Your Jacuzzi Bus is a rolling advertisement for your custom converting service!

But I agree with the others about the paint. Our thinking tends to be that the buyer will want to design his own paint job, but that's not how "normal" people think. Most people do not have our zany type of imagination, and they prefer to buy stuff that is already all-done-thinking-about.

There is a famous story about the "Ninja" style motorcycles when those first came out. Supposedly, many customers (or potensial customers) are supposed to have said that what attracted them to these bikes was the "paint job". Well... the actual paint was nothing special, so this comment caused considerable puzzlement. And it turned out, they didn't really mean the paint at all, but the overall styling of the bike. The "look".
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Old 04-18-2008, 11:45 PM   #158
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with no planning at all, i decided this afternoon was the day to start the painting process. I almost hated to paint her, since the white paint was so nice and shiny....



only worked a few hours on it, but removed or masked almost all of the lights, and most of the windows. She's ready to get lightly sanded, primed, and painted. My girlfriend helped too



i have to work saturday and sunday, so it'll be early next week before i get a chance to work on it some more, but should definitely be finished this week assuming the weather cooperates. I think there is quite a bit less bus to paint than my old skoolies. The windows and doors take up a lot of real estate.

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here we go another paint job! thanks for sharing
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what are you doing for paint? the regular?
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