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Old 09-06-2016
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I saw a couple on Instagram that just painted their FC and documented the process with pictures. Be sure to read the owners comments from their pictures as they say how they did it. I thought their before/after was pretty incredible.

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We had ours done at Star Jet in Columbus Ohio.
The cost was $11,000.00 with 2 clear coats.
i drove it up and then bought a round trip ticket with South West.
Got a senior ticket which is always refundable.
We left it with them for a total of 4 weeks.
Others have used them as well.
Of course doing it yourself gives you the ability to brag on it!!!
That is almost priceless!!
If I did it to ours, well priceless would not describe it!!!
Good luck and show us pics!!
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It sounds to me that your biggest obstacle is the substandard paint job the P.O. applied. You are going to have to determine the best way to handle that. If the roof is already pealing how long will it be before the rest does the same? It may not make any difference what you put on top of it. If it wasn't prepped right and/or poor paint then you my be wasting your time. That is going to be a tough call.
No matter what you decide, don't make the same mistake twice. You need to get rid of the loose paint, wherever you find it and sand down the edges to eliminate seeing them under the new paint job. You need to obtain a high quality primer. Not necessarily an automotive primer. Sherwin Williams sells a high quality primer that I have used several times. It is called DTM Bonding Primer it is Acrylic. I believe it acts similar to automotive etching primer. It bonds to the surface you are placing it over and the final coat you put on top. The top coat was Sherwin Williams All Surface Enamel. It is an oil based product, which in my opinion is much more durable and makes a better finish than a water based product. I used it to paint a metal roof. That roof was painted 20 years ago and still looks good. Some sun fading, but being exposed daily to the elements, that is to be expected. The bus you can clear coat to help prevent that or at least periodic applications of a wax. I have used Rustolem primer and top coat, on some applications. It does a fair job. But that roof job has outlasted them all. I used a roller and bristle brush to apply it. The enamel flows very well and the brush strokes simply "flowed" away. When doing this never let an edge get dry on you. If you do that is when lap marks show up. Keep your work area small enough to accomplish that and you will have a pretty good looking final product. Shouldn't be too hard on the bus, because there are plenty of places to break off, with rub rails, trims and other objects. Just plan it out ahead before you get started.
If you do this right, with quality products, you can have a 20 year paint job. If you do it quick and with inferior products, it will give you an opportunity to change your colors in say 5 years, which isn't a complete negative. That may be something to think about, if you get tired of stuff easily.
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Thanks Jim...very helpful!
The paint the P.O. used is pretty thick and I can see the original design hidden behind the tail lights. He definitely spent some time sanding all the stripe edges out of the finish. I had no idea it was ever striped until we took a tail light down. There is also an issue with one of the 72" bumper strips on the drivers side below the refrigerator vent. There is some odd rust there. When we sprayed the bus down with water, that whole area acted like there was some sort of wax or gel over the paint from the vent corner, all the way down to the bottom storage...which has also rusted. I am guessing there must have been an issue/leak with the refrigerator causing corrosion. ? My hubby is a bit OCD and that little rust area is driving him crazy so I can't paint until it is replaced.
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i had freebird(81 fc)baking soda blasted then i taped it up and painted etching primer and used sherman williams products automotive==then i painted a base coat silver and waited about 3 mths and painted the other blue color..

I thought it was a lot better than a 10 footer!!!!!!! but spent about 5 g to buy supplies and the blasting labor-harbor freight paint gun and bus running to use the aircompreser~!..at fort bragg nc in the backyard of a rent house!
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Freebird.....awesome name! Still trying to find our name. Why baking soda blasting? We have glass beaded and sand blasted but never with baking soda and where did you get such a large quantity of baking soda?
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It really is all about the prep work. An old saying I like sort of covers this point "What's in the bottom of the well sometimes comes up in the bucket"

Prep, Prep, Prep
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baking soda you dont have to remove windows and rubber parts

look it up--they do it Evey where

Steve Birtles did blast and paint up north
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Freebird.....awesome name! Still trying to find our name. Why baking soda blasting? We have glass beaded and sand blasted but never with baking soda and where did you get such a large quantity of baking soda?
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Wow, We are in there almost weekly and have never noticed that of course it was not something we were looking for either. Guess I will be making a research pit stop today. Thanks for the tips'
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