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Old 12-20-2015, 01:34 PM   #1
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Show off your paint job

I'm looking at paint jobs. In addition to color choices on something the size of a bus, I'm also interested to see how people deal with the rub strips...same color, different color, or part of a pattern.

Anyway, I posted my query in the suggestion box, and nobody pointed and said "Hey, noob, there's a thread on that already", so I figured I'd start one. As was mentioned by another member, google image search only goes so far, and looking through all the albums is time consuming.

Personally, this is what I'd like to see...

- A good side view or 3/4 view of your paint job
- What paint you used, how much was required, and how you applied it.
- How long it's been on there, and how it's held up.
- What you'd do differently if you had to do it again.

Big bus, little bus, school bus, metro bus, whatever. Show it off.
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Old 12-20-2015, 02:03 PM   #2
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While I'm still working on my bus, I went with ACE Hardware's Rust Stop, in International Blue (too many rattle cans so far), while leaving the upper rub rails black, the skirt rails getting a Rustoleum spray-on bedliner treatment. It's entering it's second South Jersey winter, but hasn't faded much.

What I'd do differently? Spray the entire thing then mask and paint the rub rails black again.
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Old 12-20-2015, 03:44 PM   #3
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Old 12-20-2015, 04:58 PM   #4
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Here is our paint job. Trimclad at its best. Not as fancy as some of paint jobs we have seen but it still turns heads. We do like the two tone. Should mention this was all done with brush and foam roller with at least 90% of the credit going to my lovely talented wife.
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Old 12-20-2015, 09:20 PM   #5
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I painted our bus in 07 with CarQuest implement enamel paint.
Never painted a vehicle before.
My goal was to have it look good at 50 feet.
It doesn't look too bad at 10 feet.
The bus has to be outside most of the time,
So the paint has faded a bit.
If I did it again I would get help and use better paint.
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Old 12-20-2015, 09:34 PM   #6
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If I had it to do over again, I would have left it yellow. Only mistake I made with this bus.

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Old 12-20-2015, 10:21 PM   #7
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Have you "tested" it?
I hope to make one this winter yet.
Anyone else make a deer pusher and test it? Pictures please.
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Old 12-20-2015, 10:29 PM   #8
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Yep, made it.

No, but I did hit one before I put it on though.
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Old 12-21-2015, 06:51 AM   #9
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If I had it to do over again, I would have left it yellow. Only mistake I made with this bus.
Why would you have left it yellow?
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Old 12-21-2015, 07:20 AM   #10
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Prepping a school bus for paint is an over the top major job. I didnt do that and now its showing....which I expected. Too many curves, rivets, etc to prep a but correctly, unless you can sandblast.

The yellow paint job was the best job money could buy. I live in a harsh environment. Nothing shy of a professional paint job will work here.

Now, the paint is starting to fall off. Sandblasting is now the only option...which actually is no option.
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Old 12-21-2015, 07:55 AM   #11
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I agree with opus the prep is important, mine too is starting to flake around the rivets, I'm just dealing with it as an ongoing project.

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If I had it to do over again, I would have left it yellow.
Not an option in Indiana, if it isn't used to haul school kids it can't be yellow. I also didn't want mine to actually look like a school bus anyway.

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Old 12-21-2015, 09:23 AM   #12
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Not an option in Indiana, if it isn't used to haul school kids it can't be yellow. I also didn't want mine to actually look like a school bus anyway.

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Yep...just about the same in nearly all states.
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Old 12-21-2015, 10:10 AM   #13
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Heck, if it rolls here, its legal! Lots of yellow buses around. Not sure about surrounding states though.

I'm sure if I left it yellow I would have spray bombed something to break it up.
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Old 12-21-2015, 02:41 PM   #14
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Painted with ICI single stage, military Green, added a flattening agent to get a matte finish...the green and black. Had two painters at my work spray it for me, took them about 3 1/2 hours in total with three guns going....two coats. I hand sanded myself, lost count after 50 hours and numerous beers while my brother welded up holes. The masking both times and prep washing took my brother and I about 15 hours, 'cause I did it at work...no beers. Trying my best to get the paint to stick the first time.....was painted Oct 16th and 18th 2015....only two months so far. Total cost was less than $500. for the paint, primer, scotch bright pads and sand paper. Guys in the pic are the painters.

Painted two of the rub rails green and the middle one black just to break it up a bit along with the window posts....which took the longest to tape. Bought six gallons of green and one gallon of black, used all the black and only three gallons of green.....still have to get the storage box lids to open and cut the back of the bus out so I have extra paint for that and other mods.

Hmmm, do it again, not ---king likely. Arms, shoulders, elbows felt like #3LL after that!
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Old 12-21-2015, 03:26 PM   #15
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I used PPG Delfleet Essential with a catalyst and hardener (single stage) for the beige color. The bright yellow is a Dupont base coat clear coat.

I spent close to 500 hours picking the brushed on latex house paint from around each rivet and seam, feather sanding same followed by priming and blocking to get rid of the brush strokes. The paint has been on for nearly two years and quite a few thousand miles and so far I've had no problems.

With real estate its location, location, location and with paint its preparation, preparation, preparation.

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In this light sand blasting doesn't sound so bad.... I wonder what it costs to "rent" (buy used and then re-sell when I'm done using) a Marco abrasive blast pot rig via eBay.. and whether it'd be possible to get the job done before the wheels of justice arrived to shut down the operation!
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Old 12-22-2015, 11:38 PM   #18
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In this light sand blasting doesn't sound so bad.... I wonder what it costs to "rent" (buy used and then re-sell when I'm done using) a Marco abrasive blast pot rig via eBay.. and whether it'd be possible to get the job done before the wheels of justice arrived to shut down the operation!
I have some experience sandblasting and I can tell you that is a big job too.

If you do not have a huge compressor ( 15CFM+) and at least a 200lb sandblaster and you are doing a long bus then forget it, it is faster to sand it with a good orbital sander ( GOOD like a 3m or hutchins), and depending the media you use you can get clogs in the lines and or condensation that will clog the hoses too so a dryer is mandatoryand if you want to do it in one go having all the bags of media ready.....etc....etc.

now if is a short bus you can do it with a smaller sandblaster and in stages but it will still require sanding because media is left in the substrate so you need to sand the sandblasted area anyways to get rid of any residue even if you use soda.

So you better off sanding with and orbital sander twice.

my two cents.
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Great info! When can you be here? ��
Hahaha I would love to help but I'm pretty far.
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