It’s just another pair of shoes.
It’s just another pair of shoes.
If you have any specific questions regarding the projects related to this video, please ask in the comments below. I’m happy to elaborate on all my processes and point you towards the right direction if I can. Thank you for commenting.
I think this stuff is hard to get right, but the results seem like they are going to be great.
It’s a bit pretentious to declare, “This is how to paint a skoolie!”
That’s not what I’ll be saying in this blog post. This is just how we painted our skoolie and the lessons we learned. The intention of this piece is to provide the suggestions that I wish I had before we started.
We didn’t know anything about this process before actually doing this. In the video series, which documents our skoolie building process, I generally try to provide detailed information on how we did what we did. The night we painted was just too stressful and dirty to do my normal videos
The cleaning process took longer than expected. The taping process took longer than expected. The final painting process took longer than expected. We began working on this process at noon. We wrapped up the final tool cleaning process around 4:30 am. It was a massive day and I would charge $2,000 – $3,000 dollars at the very least.
Thank you for visiting this blog. I hope you find this a useful tool for when you decide, on your own, how you will paint your skoolie.
We are fortunate to be less price sensitive than many others who are attempting a school bus conversions. That said, we spent far more money than we expected and are very motivated to limit costs at this point.
So we made a cost/benefit analysis which I believe we are happy with. We wanted a long lasting, non-fading, professional look that we could apply ourselves with hard work and little previous paint experience. Here is what we came up with.
The above tools are the ones that I have left over from when we completed the paint job a few day ago. There were a few tools that were critical to our success as well. You see them in the video embedded at the top of the blog post. Find them listed below.
The type of paint we used is called Acrylic Aliphatic Urethane. This type of paint is suggested for topcoats in which color and gloss retention are primary considerations. It provides chemical and heat resistance.
This is a two part product. We mix 1 part of the hardener with 5 parts of the paint. It smells like a 50 gauge pistol kicks. My wife and I didn’t feel the need to wear a respirator but our friend did.
The day described in the video above describes my first experience with paint thinner. I went into this having never used any of these products before.
I reuse paint thinner to clean tools. This seems obvious but it’s an important lesson. I put about 1/2 gallon paint thinner into a 5 gallon bucket. We used this bucket to clean the tools and paint containers as we painted.
As the project progressed, the paint thinner became heavily mixed with paint. At one point, it was too full of paint to use as a tool to clean paint from tools. I poured that mixed paint thinner into a separate container and let it sit. After about 20 minutes, the paint had separated from the paint thinner and rested below the paint thinner. I could use the paint thinner which had separated, like oil and water, from the paint again. I would just pour the top level of paint thinner back into my primary cleaning vessel.
Use a roller for as much as possible.
You’ll see in the video that I started with a paint brush. That was going incredibly slowly. I decided to try a roller and I was able to paint all the flat surfaces of the bus in a few minutes. These flat surfaces made up about 40% of the old school bus’s exterior.
Sometimes we need to use a paint brush to paint small, hard to reach spots. That’s fine, but if possible, use a roller for as much as possible.
We taped this school bus rub rail at the last minute and it’s possible that we rushed it a bit. I’m guessing that here we didn’t press down firmly enough on the painter tape after setting it into place. Because of this, some paint dripped behind the tape and got onto our surface. It’s a bit of a mess.
Above, the texture is the result of using brushes overly full of paint. That paint doesn’t dry immediately and starts to blob if applied to heavily. Above you can see that the heavy application caused for a dripping look.
If I had used a brush with less paint in it, these drips might not be marring our surface. You can see below, the paint surface looks excellent. This is where I used a roller with, what I feel like is, the perfect paint surface.
I wrapped the above reflective device with tape first and then put a single little tape square on top of the wrapping job. Its clear that some paint worked it’s way through the tape and onto the surface that I didn’t want to have paint on it.
It would be better if I wrapped the reflective device after I put a piece of tape on the surface.
On the silicone container it says, “not paintable.” It turns out that that is correct. The above furnace vent cover is covered in silicone. I really over-did it and never got the silicone off the surface of the vent. For that reason, the vent looks pretty terrible but I think I can scratch it off later with a razor blade. I won’t know until later.
In the image below, you can see that the paint covered a lot of bolts that are covered in silicone. It’s possible that V did 3-4 coats on these parts so the paint is just adhering to it’s self. Only time will tell how well this will work over the next 2-10 years.
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V has completed the mosaic in the bathroom. That was a big deal.
During this period of time, I completed the furnace installation, installed sheer on a lot of the walls and put silicone in the back joints of the cement board to make the shower water tight. It was a big week.
This blog is in response to Scott (or KJ, I don’t know who controls their Facebook page) of the Roll With It bus conversion. This is the best video that I made of the propane system, if you’d like to follow along with our School Bus Conversion build (https://youtu.be/Lmy1uGzFgoo).
I remember how painful it was to develop this plan on my own, so I hope this helps you with whatever propane system you build on your bus. Also, I hope anyone seeking solutions to their skoolie propane system can find this entertaining.
The most important part of a propane system is to check the gas connections. I used about a spoonful of soap (http://amzn.to/2wM6tTF) in a spray bottle. Then I would spray the connections and look for bubbling connections.
Smell was not enough for me. When I turned my propane tank on, I couldn’t smell any gas leaks, but I could see them when I tested for leaks. A bubbly connection looks like this:
Today we finished the tile work in our skoolie. It was a massive project which required a great deal more of our time than we anticipated. Here’s a past video I did on ready set and grout that you might find useful (https://youtu.be/wF5iQQBBdrg).
We are confident that it has been done well so we are feeling very good about it, well at least I am. V is still worried. Today I rewired our battery bank with appropriate wires. A month ago, I connected the AGM solar batteries to our 12v fuse block using ~ 22 AWG wires.
This was probably dangerous. Too much draw could have melted the wires and created a fire. Luckily, a few lovely folks noticed it and gave me a heads up about the risk in a past video (https://youtu.be/TrKu5Zmvsnw).
In this video I run the 4 AWG wires from the solar batteries to the fuse block. In line with the positive, I add a 125 amp fuse link which should protect us from any dramatic power surges. One of the things I cover is how I did my continuity test.
A continuity test is where you set your multimeter to a certain setting so that when you connect two points together, the multimeter will make a noise at you. That way you can tell if two ends of a wire are part of the same wire. This helps if you’ve already run the wires and you have no idea which one is which. This is a simple multimeter practice that I find to be quite enjoyable.