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Old 03-25-2024, 05:07 PM   #1
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Hello to all, been looking and searching on this site. So much useful information. I am going to insure, register and inspection in Maine. This question is for the inspection part. Iím hoping to buy a 2011 Chevy express 3500 cutaway with a 13í collins body hydraulic brakes.
I am going to remove the flashing stop sign and school bus lettering. My question is about the color. Specifically, if I cover 51% of the bus or more with a different color, does that make the new color the primary color. I asked a professional, how much it cost to repaint the bus, and he gave me a number that almost made me pass out for an hour. Iíll do the old-fashioned method send it myself and paint it with a can from Loweís. It might only last five or six years or less but itís way cheaper.
So I guess I want to know how much I have to cover yellow paint to pass the Maine inspection.

The insurance is all set and the registration I called ahead thatís all set. Inspection is the only thing I need to verify.

Thank you in advance for all future replies Iím stumbling through this, so any help anyone can offer would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 03-25-2024, 05:41 PM   #2
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I would try and use the yellow color in my paint scheme (assuming it's yellow) making sure it's not the majority color. I think there is a bus or two on here that did such. Nobody is going to ruin their reputation by doing a cheap paint job, surely you have a relative that can help. Scuff every square inch, wash with wax and oil remover or mineral spirits and paint....roller, brush, or better would be a Devilbuss spray gun, best is spray gun. Implement enamel works just fine like you find at Orscheln or similar. Mine has been on for 18 years and still looks good.
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Old 03-25-2024, 06:45 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info. Those painting steps are identical to mine. At 55 my enthusiasm gets less and less every year. I have just enough motivation to paint 51% of the bus. Just looking to keep it legal.
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Old 03-31-2024, 11:37 PM   #4
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check with hwy department .Here by code, have to paint the front and rear to drive it . insured as motor home. can t look like a school bus front or rear..
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