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Getting ready to paint my bus Jake 5-24-05  
I'm getting ready to paint my bus. Here's what I plan, please let me know what you think.

1. Pressure wash & scrub greasey parts with detergent.
2. Let dry for a week or so
3. Roughen with 3M Scotch-Bright
4. Paint. True-Value XO-Rust w/ Hy-Tech Ceramics applied with a foam roller and a brush where needed.

I'll paint the roof first and decide whether I want the ceramics everywhere or just on the roof, depending on the finish.

I'm planning an XO-Rust Almond & Hunter Green scheme, the roof will be almond the body green and I will leave the rub-rails and bumpers black.

What do you y'all think?

1989 Thomas Saf-T-Liner - CAT 3208
Re: Getting ready to paint my bus Andy 5-28-05  
You can use Rustolium in a sprayer and it should come out much better with a sprayer than a roller. The other things still apply about debris and finding a clean area plus with a sprayer you'll have overspray so you need a place that you don't have to worry about getting some paint on things.
Re: Getting ready to paint my bus Lea Cutter 5-26-05  
Just bought a beautiful 1990 International school bus and I am embarking on its conversion. I am researching painting and I heard using a paint sprayer works well. Anyone tried that and can you use it with the rustolium paint? Whats a DA?
Re: Getting ready to paint my bus Andy 5-24-05  
I've read from quite a few posters that ceramic paint is a waste of money but I don't have an opinion on that but:

Plain old Rustolium paint holds up well, I know Hunter Green is an off the shelf color. If you are going to use a roller I would recommend the foam rollers because they give a smoother surface and don't leave little hairs if your paint gets too sticky. Multiple coats usually look better than trying to put the paint on thick the first time.

The biggest problem is finding a clean area, everything will blow onto the bus and stick in the paint.
Good Luck,
Re: Getting ready to paint my bus Phil Feinstein 6-2-05  
DA is short for "Duck's Ass": it's a palm-sized orbital sander, that looks almost like a duck's butt. It's important to distinguish "Orbital" from any other type of sander because an orbital is non-directional, so it doesn't take off a lot of paint when used with a fine or super-fine grit sandpaper. You can literally remove paint one layer at a time with one.
Re: Getting ready to paint my bus Phil Feinstein 5-25-05  
Roughing with a scotch-brite pad will work nicely, but you'll get a better final finish with 800 grit and a DA (Air or Electric). I've seen rotary tools using a scotch-brite pad stuck on with velcro, but that's an easy way to gouge the metal. 800-grit with a DA will be quicker than using a scotch-brite pad by hand.

After your done scuffing, don't forget to wipe with a tack rag!! If you skip this step, you'll have chunks of scuffed off paint in your finish.

Good luck!
Re: Getting ready to paint my bus rob 6-15-05  
DA is short for Dual Action.......Rotary and Orbital together.... You're kidding about that duck thing right ?
Re: Getting ready to paint my bus michele 8-5-08  
I have a school bus that i need to paint we are turning it into a texas tailgater. need some detail painting. where should i go to get this done
Re: Getting ready to paint my bus Steve 8-19-08  
I am painting mine with white rustroleum's from Wal-mart looks good so far only coat one of 6
Re: Getting ready to paint my bus K-Dog 7-1-09  
DA= Duck's Ass... OMG, I laughed so hard... Thanks, I needed that! LMFAO!
Re: Getting ready to paint my bus Rick 7-23-08  
I just had a 96 Crown School Bus donated to my VFW post, I'm trying to raise money to get it on the road. The purpose is transporting veterans to events. Even wounded veterans from Walter Reed to my VFW post for food and fun. So, I need to paint it, I saw your pics on another site, looks great. I want my bus red, white and blue. Mostly white, with red and blue stripes. Not a lot of money to work with. I'm working on a web site, not much there now, under construction. Any help you can give about painting would be an awesome help to the vets. Thanks. Rick (USMC)
Re: Getting ready to paint my bus rmf 8-2-05  
You can check out my bus here

Spray guy and thinned machinery paint from Fleet Farm.
Re: Getting ready to paint my bus Phil Feinstein 6-21-05  
Nope...That's what I was taught ;-)

I'll make a mental note of what it *REALLY* means

Need to Sell my 1990 RV conversien bus phil 5-12-09  
I have a 1990 School Bus Conversien still working on it very clean and nice Low Miles Good tires has all the Elect ran 30 AMP runs excellent! 350 Gas Engin 35 FT Needs Plumbing Run has two Smal bed rooms one with bunk beds and one bed at the Back Please Call to see at 918-774-3291 if no answer Please Leave Message or send email to someone woll get back to you this is a Very Clean School Bus 3,000 Firm we have a lot into this Bus God Layed off work must sell,
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