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Paint Prep Thoughts

I thought I would share some information that I hope is helpful. I sanded the entire bus with 320 grit using a DA sander. I bought the sandpaper at Harbor Freight, trying to save a few bucks. The last batch I got from my paint supplier here in Abilene. The cost was a little over double for the same count, 100 on a roll. They are PSA (pressure sensitive adhesive) discs. My experience was this. I should have used them from the beginning. They last over 5 times longer and don’t plug up. End result, better finish in much less time. The box shows holes in them, mine was a solid pad, therefore no holes. I guess they use the same picture on all of their sanding products.

wpid-img_20140703_102628988.jpg 320 Sanding Disc

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Front is Finished

I was able to polish the mirrors and install them along with painting the wiper arms a satin black. She is starting to look like an Eagle now!

Front is complete

We had a very severe hail storm on Thursday evening that did significant damage to parts of Abilene. Hail as large as a tennis ball were reported. Parts of Abilene just got rain, we got hail! I’m estimating that this stone was much larger as we didn’t arrive home until 45 minutes after the storm had left the area. Can you imagine the damage it can cause, Wow!

Hail size

 

We did incur some to the bus. Several dents on the roof, barely seen from the ground. Roof marker light destroyed along with a marker light lens on the rear cap, our front and middle A/C shroud did not survive. They were very old and brittle, they will get replaced. I fixed the marker lights, will leave the dents alone for now, may not even worry about it.

I tried to clean off the silicone from a previous owners installation and failed, broke 3 or 4 light assemblies in the process.

 

Why anybody would do this is beyond me.

Why anybody would do this is beyond me.

I did install new side marker lights/turn signals, both sides. I chose Grote LED’s to improve the functionality and brightness of them.

Grote LED

Here they are in action. I had one license plate light out, it has been replaced so all lights are operational! Yay!

 

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Bye Bye Blue……..

What a day yesterday! I got everything masked and covered to prep for primer. I decided to go ahead and prime both sides and the front. It was a long day! I had to cover the freshly painted white on the roof, finished masking for the second time the passenger side windows. The first set got blown off last week during a storm. Painting in the great outdoors has it’s downsides here in West Texas. I pulled the front windscreen lock strip so I could get fresh paint under the seal. I used Windex to clean the rubber so the tape would adhere to the surface.

I moved the scaffold around the bus three times yesterday. That is a chore on gravel and an uneven surface, I was pooped!

Here is a couple of shots, one of me painting the last section of blue and the other is me mixing up a batch of primer. Becky took these as she was my helper. She got the visor ready for primer and helped with the air hose while I moved around the bus.

I will spray the final white today and then start unwrapping the bus. We are anxious to see the final result!

Mad Scientist Bye Bye Blue

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Blue and Red is Finished

Yesterday was a beautiful day for painting. Temps were in the low 70’s and the wind was very calm. I layed the red on the front and passenger side and it came out very good. Now that the striping is finished I can cover it up in a day or so and start priming and spraying on the white. I’ll do it in sections due to the size of the project. We’re getting closer!

Here is what the blue and red looks like against all of the ugly paper, plastic and masking tape.

Blue and Red Metallic Striping

Blue and Red Metallic Striping

This shows what it looks like up close

This shows what it looks like up close

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