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Old 05-19-2017, 05:16 PM
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I would be satisfied with a 50/50 paint job (50feet/50mph). There are so many rivets it is almost impossible to sand. Sandblasting would probably go right through the side. I suppose I could replace the whole thing but the newer buses are automatic shift and I'd rather have a standard. The running gear is in good shape, the body doesn't look so hot. At this point I'm leaning towards wire brush the loose pain off and wash down with ospho. The last time the roof was painted it was done with a roller. The sides were done with a brush. If I can get Trombone Pete to run the brush I'd try the roller/brush method. It's faster than a brush with a better finish than a roller. Spraying would be impossible, everything around here would have a pink tinge and I don't think the neighbors would like their houses that color.
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Old 05-19-2017, 05:38 PM
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Just so you know what I'm trying to paint here are some pictures. The vehicle on the right is a plywood cab pickup. The cab was fine but the 1976 frame had given up to the road worms, so it went to the final scrap yard. The cab-over has had the purple paint (I'm color crippled so that what people tell me it is) has been painted over. The next vehicle is the one in question for the next paint excursion. The 22' trailer behind it was rebuilt three years ago new walls and stain. The bus on the left is another camper a 1953 PD4104. Rebuilt the engine and converted it in 1979. It isn't that I don't have enough projects to do I'm just trying to find the easiest way to do it.
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Old 05-19-2017, 07:56 PM
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i bought a 1978 wanderlodge that was in rough shape paint wise,the PO had decided to prep for paint and using a 4'' grinder he went to work on the peeling paint.
Yep,he used a grinding disc and he really screwed this thing up.
We had a small gathering here on the 4th of july and i went and bought 2 colors of rustoleom and brushes and some foam rollers,we pressure washed it with a bad ass pressure washer and cascade dish washer soap,it etches paint.
Then,ared with a brisket n the grill and a cooler full of beer we painted the bus,8 people taking turns and we got it painted in one day,it looks good from 30 feet and i sold it a few weeks later.
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Old 05-19-2017, 07:58 PM
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Old 05-19-2017, 08:08 PM
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we did thin the paint to try to make it smooth as possible,and it was painted with one coat.
Luckily the coach was steel,the grinder left some deep gouges.
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I think Earl Sheib just power washes them, dry, mask, shoot.
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we did thin the paint to try to make it smooth as possible,and it was painted with one coat.
Luckily the coach was steel,the grinder left some deep gouges.
Looks pretty good to me, considering how it was painted. Colors are nice too.
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Old 05-19-2017, 09:26 PM
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Yep,he used a grinding disc and he really screwed this thing up.
lol, a grinding disk! Was this guy a politician? Maybe a congressman?

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we painted the bus,8 people taking turns and we got it painted in one day,it looks good from 30 feet and i sold it a few weeks later.
That's amazing, how good it looks under the circumstances.
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Old 05-20-2017, 07:43 AM
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Looks good to me. I hope I can get something to look as good. How did you mix the cascade dish washer soap? Were there any safety precautions? I think that soap is caustic.
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Old 05-20-2017, 07:47 AM
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Years ago, the school district's bus garage across the street would call in the
local sandblaster, and he would do a couple each year out in the yard.

IIRC he did use a rather coarse black beauty abrasive, but I prefer ordinary
fine sand, however I have never tackled aluminum.

From what I saw from across the street, treat the sandblasting like a powerwashing....stay about 2' away with the nozzle.

There is a local guy doing wet sandblasting, where he comes to your house,
been seeing him doing cars. IIRC it's a franchise, might have something
similar in your area.
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