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Old 07-09-2019, 07:18 PM   #1
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Is Rustoleum high performance enamel custom tint-able?

Hey all! We're about to paint our bus and after doing some research have narrowed it down to two exterior paint options—Rustoleum high performance protective enamel and Ace Hardware rust stop. It seems like Rustoleum would be the better choice, but it can't be custom tinted and the rust stop can. We would rather avoid trying to mix our own color but don't really like any of the color options Rustoleum sells. Has anyone had any success custom tinting the Rustoleum enamel paint? Otherwise I think we'll go with the rust stop since we can get the exact color we want.
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I bought half-pints of several different Rustoleum reds and tried to mix a custom color I liked, but failed.

It's your bus, you should paint it the exact color you want. These are both oil-based enamels, and should perform similarly.
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Old 07-09-2019, 09:18 PM   #3
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I came across this journal where they used Sherwin Williams paint. Maybe check them out

https://wegotschooled.com/2016/05/23/to-paint-a-bus/
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I came across this journal where they used Sherwin Williams paint. Maybe check them out

https://wegotschooled.com/2016/05/23/to-paint-a-bus/
that's a good read, and they did a pretty reasonable job, especially considering they did it outside
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You can get the valspar version of Rusto tinted. Just DON'T buy the latex house paint. You want oil based enamel.
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You can get the valspar version of Rusto tinted. Just DON'T buy the latex house paint. You want oil based enamel.
That is what we used on our bus. It is Valspar's Anti-Rust Armor. They can tint it any of the colors.

We sanded, then primed with the Anti-Rust Armor primer and then painted.IMG_20190710_082004.jpg
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The best looking paint job I saw was automotive paint they bought from a local body shop and rolled on.

I used a roller and Behr Exterior flat finish exterior paint from home depot. You can really use anything if you're just painting over the existing paint as your final finish and adhesion will depend on the paint your painting over. Having worked in the auto business for 20 years, I can say spray is better looking than any other application method. To properly paint a bus you should sand or blast down to bare metal, primer and then paint/sand/paint/sand clear.
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