It’s not even Thanksgiving and we are already seeing sub 30 degree weather here in Indiana. My goal was to have the bus completely repainted before the holidays. Because of this early arctic action, I switched gears and started prepping for paint. The first step was to start removing lights, molding, etc. from the outside. This was the easy part. Remove a few screws, unplug a few wires, done.
One of the reasons I bought THIS bus was because of the awesome under-body storage compartments. Having a “basement” as I like to call it will make waste tank and accessory equipment installation ten times easier than on Skoolie V1. Having said that, all of the compartments were corroded shut, the latches rusted closed, and key locks painted closed. Solution? Where’s my drill? I just drilled out the rivets holding the latches in. Problem solved. A little rust mitigation and a little primer and that too is crossed off the list. I’ve even already purchased replacement latches with a nice chrome finish.
That’s really about it. More sanding and rust mitigation followed by primer. Repeat the process over the entire body of the bus. I did have to do a little hole patching with sheet metal, caulk, and rivets, but nothing too time intensive. The most labor here was simple time on the sander to prep the body for paint.
I’m putting more time and expense into this step because the outside will obviously get a lot of visibility. Also, I really just want the paint job to last. For that reason, I’ve decided to do a metallic blue base coat, followed by two layers of clear coat. Here’s a sneak peak of what she’s going to look like in another weeks time! Imagine this blue (I call it Tesla blue since I tried to match the color to my wife’s Tesla model X) with a thick white racing stripe down the side. The next blog is gonna be the big paint reveal! Now where’s my painters tape?