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Old 08-05-2021, 10:55 PM   #1
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Cheaper to paint or wrap a bus?

Hello,

Is it cheaper to paint or wrap a 40 foot school bus to change the color from yellow to white?

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Old 08-06-2021, 10:19 AM   #2
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My wife looked into this, you can only put a wrap on a vehicle that's totally rust-free, which even for nice southern vehicles is not usually the case. Also I think it was going to cost upwards of $8000 to wrap a 35' bus.


So I wouldn't recommend it. Take a weekend to prep, mask, and paint the bus (from what I've seen 80% of that time will be in the prepping and masking). We're planning to do ours next year, likely using a paint sprayer with Rustoleum or similar paint with an added thinner and hardening agent.
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Old 08-06-2021, 10:53 AM   #3
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We painted our 35 food bus with Rustoleum Industrial paint. Less than $100 in total paint cost. We put it on with rollers and nobody can tell it was not sprayed.
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Old 08-06-2021, 11:48 AM   #4
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I was quoted in the $4500 range for a wrap in my area.
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Old 08-06-2021, 12:45 PM   #5
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I wouldn’t wrap it. It won’t last. All those rivets make it hard to lay down a long lasting film. If you look closely at wraps on transit buses and delivery trucks, you’ll see that often the film isn’t applied tight around the screws and rivets. Over a relatively short time the film is going to fail there.
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Old 08-06-2021, 02:13 PM   #6
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My shuttle bus was wrapped professionally when it was in it's first incarnation as a DMV bus. It took months to peel the faded and aging wrap off, and I'm still not done in places.

I doubt if it looked good when fresh, and it definitely didn't age well.
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