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Old 06-19-2019, 06:34 PM   #1
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Mista Bus roof raise

16” roof raise
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Old 08-16-2019, 09:16 AM   #2
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Awnings

Got the awning back on today now it’s time to clean it.
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Old 08-16-2019, 09:43 AM   #3
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16” roof raise

I really like that roof transition!!!

Nice job!

Got any more pics on that transition work?
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Old 08-16-2019, 11:24 AM   #4
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Transition

I do here are a few pictures, there is a gallon of bondo on it as well
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Old 08-16-2019, 11:28 AM   #5
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This is what it looks like now it still needs some body work and another coat of paint
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Old 08-16-2019, 12:17 PM   #6
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Nice work, and I love the nickname. I assume it's a play on "Mr. Bus" and "Missed the Bus"?
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Old 08-16-2019, 12:25 PM   #7
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Yeah since I raised the roof it got bigger so it became Mr and I work out of town a lot so I miss the bus when I’m not home. And I’d be at the airport when my ship comes in so missing the bus would be the norm
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Old 08-16-2019, 01:13 PM   #8
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Excellent job! For the front transition, how did you get from the riveted silver panels to the finished white look? Specifically, covering up the rivets? Bondo?
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Old 08-16-2019, 01:23 PM   #9
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Transition

It was a lot of sanding like floating sheet rock but you have to be quick
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Awesome - thanks for the additional pics, that helps a lot.
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Old 08-16-2019, 01:30 PM   #11
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Bondo is awesome

Bondo the fix it all. Lights moved to the bumper
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Old 08-16-2019, 01:52 PM   #12
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Bondo

Bondo is awesome check out the rear light removal and patch work with bondo I just cut the patch steel 1/8 smaller than the hole screwed it off with self tapping screws and grind the heads off and bondo
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Old 08-16-2019, 02:34 PM   #13
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It was a lot of sanding like floating sheet rock but you have to be quick
I always thought bondo is like sheet rocking with your boss yelling at you to get the mud up in two minutes.
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Old 08-16-2019, 02:41 PM   #14
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Yes indeed it’s cooking
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Old 08-16-2019, 06:15 PM   #15
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You may already be aware of the downside to Plastic filler (aka Bondo) but in case you are not, it can crack and fall off if applied to thick or there is a lot of vibration. Another good alternative to virgin metal is Fiberglass but the resin can be messy.
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Old 08-16-2019, 07:03 PM   #16
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Yeah I’m sure I’ll be fiberglassing my front cap after I hit a few low limbs
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Old 08-16-2019, 07:36 PM   #17
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You may already be aware of the downside to Plastic filler (aka Bondo) but in case you are not, it can crack and fall off if applied to thick or there is a lot of vibration. Another good alternative to virgin metal is Fiberglass but the resin can be messy.
How thick is too thick? Is it less likely to crack if it's the drillable type (the stuff reinforced with metal bits) and/or has metal mesh underneath? I've done a few spots on my bus and I did them more-or-less sheetrock style with relatively wide, flat patches so it doesn't look bumpy. It looks good now but I have no idea of its durability.
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Old 08-16-2019, 07:46 PM   #18
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Time will tell. The good thing is when it cracks just bondo it again slap some paint on it and forget it till it cracks again. That the joy of these buses your never done
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You know, there is a tool for Bondo that looks like a cheese grater. It lets you shape the Bondo while it is curing. Once it has hardened, the tool is less effective. Speed is the key with Bondo. Once cured, sanding is about all that is left that will remove it. Some spots may take multiple applications to get the contour just right. It sure is fun stuff to work with.
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How thick is too thick? Is it less likely to crack if it's the drillable type (the stuff reinforced with metal bits) and/or has metal mesh underneath? I've done a few spots on my bus and I did them more-or-less sheetrock style with relatively wide, flat patches so it doesn't look bumpy. It looks good now but I have no idea of its durability.
Plastic body fillers are intended for small dings and smoothing out warped panels. It was never intended to fill large dents, rust, or other major body damage.
For a proper repair, you do not want to apply this to anything that is thicker than about a 1/4”. That does not mean it can’t be done, but the repair will not last as long. Eventually, it will shrink and crack or fall off. The general rule of thumb is that if the dent is deeper than 1/8”, you need to do some metal or fiberglass work first.
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