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Old 08-17-2021, 05:05 PM   #2141
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Looks really good! I’m feeding my OCD by doomzooming (that should be a word) every picture down to pixel level.

I am going to attempt this too some day. Today is not that day. Keep posting, you will drag me over the hill
I'll post some closeups of my paint job - if you're doomzooming (I like it!) that might convince you to try a different method.

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Old 08-18-2021, 02:32 PM   #2142
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Some closeups of the paint job.

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No runs, no drips, no errs ... no, Johnny Bench.

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Wire wheel damage.

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The hole patches are actually a bit smoother than I expected them to be, but I over-sanded down near the rub rail.

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Masked and painted one bit of rub rail to get an idea of what it will take.

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Ain't nobody perfect in this world.

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Rounder corners on my window trim from last fall have all cracked.

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Buffing on the passenger side all done.

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Dynatronned a few spots around the fender to keep water from pooling.

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Old 08-18-2021, 10:11 PM   #2143
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Well… that’s still pretty good. You can sand those runners down if they really piss you off.
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Old 08-18-2021, 11:27 PM   #2144
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Well… that’s still pretty good. You can sand those runners down if they really piss you off.
Ha ha, not very likely! Not when I can just step back a foot or two and take off my glasses instead. They're really not noticeable at all with off-white paint like this. Maybe they would stand out more with a darker color.
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Old 08-18-2021, 11:31 PM   #2145
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Looks like you've got the bug bomb paint job down to an art. I can remember how thrilled I was when the first rattle cans came on the market--especially after a buddy and I painted his '50 Pontiac with one of these.

The finish looked like shinny cottage cheese--no runs though.
Good lord, I can't imagine painting an entire bus with a bug bomb like that. I think my whole upper body would be numb instead of just my fingertip (which is still slightly numb two days after spraying 14 cans). Good thing these doohickies arrived after dinner tonight. I tested one out and it seems to work perfectly.
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Old 08-19-2021, 08:10 PM   #2146
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Masked and painted my first burgundy rub rail.

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This spray can gun was an absolute lifesaver (fingersaver). It just barely survived today's painting, though, so I'm glad I bought two of them.

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I'm liking the look of this. I didn't realize until now that the scheme would come out quite so patriotic. My original plan was Cleveland Cavaliers colors which are wine and gold (plus navy in some uniforms) but rustoleum's gold looks pretty terrible so I tossed that out. Which leaves the good ol' burgundy, antique white and navy, aka red white and blue.

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The rub rail repair looks pretty good with paint. You have to get really close to see the wonkiness.

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Same with the huge skirt dent on the other side of the fender.

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All masked and primed. The mirror on the driver's side got a bit of paint mist on it so I wanted to make sure I didn't have to scrape this one with a razor blade too.

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10.5 cans for this side vs. 13.5 for the other, so my estimate of 12 cans per side was actually dead on.

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The fender repair work is not noticeable ... in the right lighting. I always figured the fenders were so trashed out that I was going to have to put on those big ugly black rubber things to cover them up. Nice to see I won't have to do that.

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Old 08-19-2021, 08:41 PM   #2147
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In the final anal-ysis we paint these buses because we have to, not because we think they'll be paragons of the painter's skill and art. You got it covered - you're (almost) done with paint - that's a good think, congrats on a job well done. After my painting fiasco I don't really care what my bus looks like, it's done.
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Old 08-20-2021, 01:07 PM   #2148
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Paint and prep looks great! Trying to get psyched for skoolie paint round 2 but seeing your photos gives me PTSD.
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Love the color combo, man!!! Can't wait to see the finished job!!
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Old 08-20-2021, 05:35 PM   #2150
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I'm getting faster at masking which is good because that's like 95% of the effort here.

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Really like that the rub rails are not black. Very classy color combo. Great work!
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When you paint the other side paint the rails first--lots less back taping etc.
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That color scheme works out much better than I would have thought it ever would....!
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Well, both sides are painted antique white now so there ain't no other side at this point (just the front still to do). But painting the rails first would have meant trying to get the masking tape onto the 1/16" edges of the rails before folding over the rest of the rails, which would have been pretty finicky (and still the same amount of taping required). Doing the rails after the white part is pretty easy from a taping standpoint since the tape just goes flat on the side and then it's easy to tuck the paper under the edge and press the whole thing down.
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That color scheme works out much better than I would have thought it ever would....!
Thanks! I can't wait to see it with the rails all done, so naturally the next three days are all thunderstorms here.
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In the final anal-ysis we paint these buses because we have to, not because we think they'll be paragons of the painter's skill and art. You got it covered - you're (almost) done with paint - that's a good think, congrats on a job well done. After my painting fiasco I don't really care what my bus looks like, it's done.
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Paint and prep looks great! Trying to get psyched for skoolie paint round 2 but seeing your photos gives me PTSD.
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Love the color combo, man!!! Can't wait to see the finished job!!
Also thanks! (don't want to miss anybody)
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Not good omens as far as the longevity of my paint job is concerned. These are areas where I did not scuff the underlying paint very thoroughly.

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I waited for my Rustoleum rattle can paint to dry on the sides for 5 months before I taped off to do the rub rails. It steel pealed badly. I thought I prepped good, sanded, washed, rinsed, wiped with mineral spirits (or whatever I was using) twice. You are doing well. I'm waiting a year for the "industrial strength" Rustoleum on the rails to dry before I tape them off and re-touch the walls.


You are lucky your spray-mist from the rub-rails isn't affecting the rest of the bus. I had to tape off the entire side of mine with tarps up to the roof, down to the bottom. I even had the interior trim pieces that go above the windows (where the wiring hides behind) out on the grass 20 feet behind me when I was doing the exterior walls, and they got misted.


I like the "patriotic" effect, but I would not (on my bus) if it was bright white with bright red and blue. Your color choice works, I think. At least in pics. Mine only looks good when it's dirty.


But at least the rattle-can colors give you the ability to get more paint in the future if you scratch it on something. All the driving in the woods that I do, with tree limbs rubbing, that was a major factor in my decision to go that route.


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@Mountain Gnome: yeah, I've found standard Rusto takes at least a month to cure and harden fully (and probably longer). These are really the only spots that the tape has pulled off so far, which is cool. I also hit a lot of tree branches where I live - I have one good scrape on the back part which I painted two weeks ago and it's doing fine, didn't expose the yellow underneath.

I did a test patch with the rattle can on the side of my bus about two years ago and before repainting I went at it with a screwdriver to see how it was holding up. It was just as difficult to dig through it down to the yellow as it was to dig through the original yellow to get to the primer base and then to bare metal. So I feel sort of confident in the paint although less so in the thoroughness of my prep job (despite the insane amount of work that I did put into it). If I were to do it again, I would try to find some gadget like an oscillating tool or something that would let me power sand all the little spots I couldn't get to with my orbital sander.

My pics here are pretty well representative of how the paint colors look in real life.
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