So it turns out that we are extreme procrastinators. Aside from yanking the seats, we've done NOTHING on this bus since we bought it, and her goal is to take it off to college with her when she goes IN FOUR WEEKS!
Four weeks... To have a road-worthy, converted, livable skoolie. The good news is she is required to stay in the dorms on campus and have a food hall dining plan, so we can probably cut a few corners to get her by until she comes home at Christmas. Maybe she doesn't get a shower to start with. Maybe she's using 5 gallon water jugs instead of plumbed tanks. If anyone's got suggestions on where we can cut corners - and where we surely shouldn't - I'm all ears.
We spent a couple days gutting the bus (cleanout, remove brackets, walls, floors, stripper pole, etc.), but got stuck on removing some of the inside panels, windows (we got one out before changing our mind) and the heater.
Seeing three days of clear weather in the forecast, we decided to switch focus to exterior paint. We'll come back to interior demolition in a future post.
Prepping for paint...
1) Krud Kutter and a scraper to get all the stickers and as much of the glue off as we could.
2) Sand off the rest of the glue.
3) Sand everything else.
4) Go back for more sand paper. Pro-tip: Just buy the 50-pack the first go 'round. Keep sanding.
5) Spray everything with TSP, and let it sit for a while.
6) Rinse with pressure washer.
7) Sand some more. Maybe too much.
9) Another pressure washer rinse and scrub with a push broom.
10) Let it dry
11) Start taping.
12) Yell at everyone because nobody can tape right.
13) Realize that I can't tape properly, either.
14) Back to Menard's for more tape. Get the wide roll this time.
15) Losing daylight. Panic to find the big tarps because now everything is taped, but there's a fresh report of an overnight storm. So much for that third day of good weather. Awesome.
16) Tarp bus.
17 Finally go to bed.
Wake up to sunny skies. No overnight rain. *@#&^$(*&#^$!!! Now it's supposed to rain all afternoon and evening instead. Guess we're painting tomorrow...