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Old 07-30-2015, 12:00 PM   #11
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Old 07-30-2015, 01:58 PM   #12
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We're in NC in between Winston and Statesville. We have partly vinyl stick on tile and partly laminate wood flooring. It's been all sorts of temps and humidity all summer and we've had no problems with condensation or buckling. To be fair, our floor sections are broken up in small areas of about 7'x5', but you also have a small bus so it shouldn't be an issue. I'm not sure I'd trust people on that floor at sports events though with the potential for lots of mud and spilled drinks.
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Old 07-30-2015, 02:35 PM   #13
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thanks, I did the calculations last night and I'm only looking at 50.5 sq. ft of flooring so something that cost a little more per sq. ft wont be a deal breaker. the vinly stick on- is that the peel and stick that you can buy from big box stores? if so, did you use any kind of underlayment material? is your base floor of your bus wood/metal?
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Old 07-30-2015, 04:22 PM   #14
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Lots of paint options, automotive paint probably being the best overall. It is formulated to handle what the road and weather throws at it. Really should be sprayed but holds up great and most colors can be easily touched up with rattle cans or touch-up pens from auto parts joints anywhere. Of course, it can be brushed or rolled on, but you'll never get as smooth a finish as spraying. HVLP (hi volume, low pressure) guns are cheap and easy to use with 5 minutes practice. More prep time taping and such, but the actual painting goes quickly.

Lots of folks here have rolled on various paints. Everything from enamels & acrylic enamels to latex house paint. Just be advised that any water-based paint is going to oxidize (rust) any metal it comes in direct contact with. Detroit has had major nightmares with the new EPA water based paints even when used in their hi tech application systems. Note... you can apply latex over enamel...but you cannot put enamel over latex. So if you go the latex route then change your mind down the road...figure on sandblasting or otherwise stripping the whole rig.

Skoolies come mostly with acrylic enamel and are typically well covered so, washing, light sanding or the use of "scuffing pads" and a de-greaser is about all the prep usually needed unless you have a lot of rust or bodywork issues.

Read through the build threads and maybe ask a couple of folks who tried different routes within the past year or two how their choice turned out and might be holding up.

Best of luck and keep us informed...with pix.
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Old 07-30-2015, 05:18 PM   #15
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That's why I love this site, informative answers like that. Luckily, we have a local artists that we all grew up with is going to do a custom mural style paint job for us. Yeah I wasn't even considering using a roller, I should've worded my question, what base paint, latex, acrylic, oil but thanks for the words of wisdom and steering me in the right direction before I made a costly $$$ mistake
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Old 07-30-2015, 07:37 PM   #16
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Also, to the people in the Winston area, is the lake Myers campground still open?, I used to go as a kid and thought that would be a good place to dona test run of "The Big Cat"
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Old 07-31-2015, 12:16 PM   #17
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Also, to the people in the Winston area, is the lake Myers campground still open?, I used to go as a kid and thought that would be a good place to dona test run of "The Big Cat"
Actually we're located about five miles down the road from them, and yes! They're open! Depending on how soon you're planning a trip, maybe you could swing by here. We're hoping to leave in the next three weeks, though. Waiting on the title to come back after changing it to RV.

We bought stick on checkered tile from here:
Peel and Stick Vinyl Flooring-Discount Pricing

Laid down sheets of luan plywood to stick it to, with foam underlayment underneath for condensation protection and a bit of cushion to even out the original floor. The aisle tread is still on there and the original vinyl. Just took out the seats, filled the bolt holes with elevator bolts (pain in the A**), removed the metal strip on either side of the aisle. Didn't secure it to the floor or walls, just put furniture and stuff right on top. The furniture is screwed to the walls.
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Old 07-31-2015, 03:08 PM   #18
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I like poly-vinyl one piece rubber flooring. No seems to catch dirt and water. I have it in my bus, we ATV ride a lot and that floor gets filthy but its easy to clean and is good when its or cold or hot..
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Old 07-31-2015, 06:32 PM   #19
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Thanks guys/gals...we are filing all the paperwork next week and want to get at least a coat of primer on the outside before we set out on our maiden voyage. We were thinking maybe the 2nd weekend of September
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Old 08-01-2015, 05:21 PM   #20
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Flooring is well underway, still have one lay a couple pieces of trim but very satisfied with our progress. We chose the trafficmaster vinyl self sticking flooring tiles. Seems to be a very durable and easy to repair/replace product.
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