Schoolie Paint Job (Part 3)

Second coat of paint before the tape was removed. The grill still needs to be painted at some point in the future.

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Second coat of paint before the blue lines are painted on.

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Taping off for the blue lines was really tedious. But this step decides how the final product will turn out so make sure to focus on this step. Press the tape firmly against the bus to help eliminate drips.

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First coat of paint on the blue lines. I used a regular paint brush. The foam brush wasn’t working well for me.

You have to make sure to keep incorporating paint thinner as the paint thinner evaporates from the paint. You will get a feel for when the paint is too thick.

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Second coat. You can’t lay down nearly as much paint with a brush as with a roller. It took a lot of coats to get the desired coverage.

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Third coat on the blue lines.

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Fourth coat of paint on the blue lines.

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Skoolie Paint Job (Part 2)

First coat of skoolie paint.

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First coat

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Notice the reflection on the hood. This is still the first coat.

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The grill was easy to take off. I left the stop sign for now because body work would have killed the project momentum. The stop sign will probably be removed at some point.

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Second coat of paint. It’s turning out pretty good despite not wet sanding between coats. The second coat was noticeably rougher from wind blown particles that had embedded in the first coat. I didn’t have access to water and wet sanding would have also meant additional coats of paint.

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Second coat of paint. The paint thinner evaporates fast then the paint dries. Make sure to finish up an area and move on. You will texture the surface if you go back after the paint begins to dry.

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Bus Conversion Paint Job (Part 1)

I prepped and painted the bus on a Portland side street. It took about 3 days to complete over the labor day weekend. The response from the neighborhood incredibly positive. People seemed to enjoy watching the transformation and I lost count of the amount of people who stopped to make positive comments. With that said, there are usually rules against working on your vehicles in the street. And I have actually gotten harassed by parking authority when just charging a car battery.

Here is a finished product picture.

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This spot worked out perfect for the paint process. But on a side note, my bulldog did get foxtail seeds in his paw from the field. I’m from the South and was unaware of foxtail seeds until that point. Definitely worth a Google if you are unfamiliar with foxtail seeds.

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A lot of trucks and RV’s also stopped at this spot.

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Rustoleum roll on paint job seemed like the best option after doing some Googling. There are plenty of people who lay out detailed instructions. Almond with blue stripes was the color choices I went with.

I did add a ceramic insulating additive to the roof paint. It’s a product called Insuladd.

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This Safer Paint Thinner product worked well for wiping down the bus. But you should definitely use regular thinner for the paint. I only sanded the spots that were shiny like new because of being protected by decals.

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I climbed on top of the roof and used a paint pole to reach as far as possible. Then transitioned to the ladder and used a paint brush/hand rolling.

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Make sure to add extra thinner to the paint if you use the Insuladd product. My roof paint turned out too thick to lay down nice and smooth like the rest of the bus conversion paint did.Bus conversion paint

Finished up the roof after dark. Ended up having to go back over it one more time with a thinner coat of paint to get the desired finish. I used one quart of thinner to each gallon of paint. The paint thinner allows the paint to lay flat and dry fast which ends up making a nice finish.

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School Bus Conversion Paint Job (Part 4)

Painting the lines on in a random empty parking lot.

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This closed down Safeway parking lot in Portland, OR made for a good RV rest stop. This is also the same lot I used to make the penny countertop.  The lesson from this is to get creative if a traditional parking space isn’t available for your schoolie project.

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Fifth coat on the blue lines. Got the desired coverage.

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I didn’t wait too long to peel the tape off after completing the final coat. This also gives you a chance to scrape away paint that dripped under the tape.

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The Blue masking tape peeled off well. There was only one spot where the white paint peeled away with the tape.

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Prepping the bumpers for black paint.

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I used a small four-inch roller for the bumpers. Two coats and the bumpers were done. I could also lay the paint on  thick without worrying about the surface below.

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