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Old 07-06-2021, 09:50 AM   #1
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Hi everyone,

I'm about to get my hands on the below bus, which has been half converted (rooms inside but that's all..).

I intend to park the bus on my block (forever more) and use it as a music room. Was thinking about covering it with vines/trellises eventually, not over the windows obviously.. maybe even build a free standing deck over a part of the roof or something.

Can anyone offer advice/comments on rust proofing it..?

As I mentioned it's not going anywhere and the metal will be covered eventually.
In other words, the rust solution could be unroadworthy and/or unsightly.

Coat the roof, and metal sides with something?

Some kind of spray-gun type paint?
Or something I can roll on.

I would assume normal car paint wouldn't last long, hence the post I guess haha.


Any ideas/comments would be welcome

Thanks for reading

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Old 07-06-2021, 10:42 AM   #2
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Tint-able truck bed undercoating.
2 "kits" equal a gallon of material.
It is more durable than regular automotive finish coating, and hides many imperfections on the surface it is applied to.

It is a tad expensive, but it can be sprayed or rolled on.
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Old 07-06-2021, 11:56 AM   #3
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You forgot the bus below?
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Old 07-06-2021, 12:28 PM   #4
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roof coatings if you don't care what it looks like, gonna rust out no matter what you do eventually, and in 5 years you will be bored with it and tear it down to replace it with something else.
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Old 07-06-2021, 06:11 PM   #5
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Ospho based rust converter after lots of elbow grease removing

POR15 good stuff.

Etching primers, Rustoleum / Valspar formulations

Nothing lasts forever, expect to redo every few years depending on climate / weather, salt or not etc
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Old 07-06-2021, 06:23 PM   #6
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a tale of 2 busses.. my DEV bus has oil based urethane single stage paint.. after 5 years it has held up well.. esp considering I drive that bus in every kind of weather.. I have a few spots where there is a little chipping or surface rust but good in my book.. the bus is driven a lot..

the red bus which has water based automotive 2 stage base / clear paint.. its 4 and a half years and im constantly fighting paint chips and it scratches twice as easy as the single stage paint..

a 3rd bus im rolling.. and I really never ever will roll a bus ever again.. this has been a total PITA project.. rolled paint wont have a sheen.. but it does seem to be pretty durable as it cures.. that paint is rustoleum pro oil based..
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Old 07-23-2021, 03:09 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by o1marc View Post
You forgot the bus below?
After three weeks [crickets], the question-asker looks to be moving on.
That is too bad.
I hoped to learn about a 'pseudo'.
Music room.
Parked on the block.
Covered in vines.
And I was especially interested in 'something I could roll on'.
[sobs into pillow]
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parked, rust prevention, rust waterproofing

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