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Old 03-25-2018, 04:43 AM   #61
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What kind of paint was that and how was it applied? I love it! Reminds me of an airstream kind of!
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Old 03-25-2018, 07:44 PM   #62
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continued painting
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Old 03-25-2018, 07:51 PM   #63
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It's Rustoleum's Aluminum Paint... It's VERY thin, not tick, and covers well. I tried to brush it on... But you have to make it REALLY thin (dry brush) to get rid of brush stokes. I did the back the first time by brush. Then I rolled it - that gave it the galvanized sheet metal look.

I'm doing a "Royal Blue" for trim beveled in the middle... and block for the bumpers and bottoms.

I'm doing the top in white - that way it's 'energy efficient'.

I removed decals, WD40 to remove the sticker glue (let that sit and hit with a drill's wire brush - that was the easiest). Sand the exterior with 150 grits paper, and rivets/beveled areas got wire brushed with drill. After that, everything got rag washed with acetone then painted.

The base coat is aluminum, then blue and black. It's all oil base so keep a mineral spirits rag handy. I accidentally dumped about a quart down the side when I started. The aluminum is runny like water.

the mineral spirits also does wonders or removing roller speckle from the windows.
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Old 03-25-2018, 08:00 PM   #64
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I drew in blue and black scribbles where things are getting painted.
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Old 03-25-2018, 08:05 PM   #65
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I want to keep the Blue Bird decal. But repaint it.... I want the bird to be blue. Also do the same above the doors.

I think we're going to name the bus "597" - the numbers from the school where it came from.
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Old 03-25-2018, 08:55 PM   #66
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I really like the way that aluminum turned out......I had done some samples, but they were a little too bright for my taste.


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I think we're going to name the bus "597" - the numbers from the school where it came from.

I'd send you some decals, but I already sanded them all off.
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Old 03-25-2018, 09:09 PM   #67
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Make me think of the Coor's Silver Bullet!
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Old 03-25-2018, 09:35 PM   #68
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I really like the way that aluminum turned out......I had done some samples, but they were a little too bright for my taste.





I'd send you some decals, but I already sanded them all off.
Lol.. we took ours off to paint... I will probably make a blue mask on wax paper (blue masking tape) the size of letter sized paper. Then print the bus number in a font, use an exacto-knife to cute the template, and paint it in the same blue on the back and by the door.
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Old 03-26-2018, 09:00 PM   #69
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More trim work.
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