- When painting the inside, forced ventilation is key. Ventilate the hell out of the bus once it is no longer tacky (bugs won’t stick to it).
- It will still take a lot longer than paint can indicates to dry.
- Let it dry properly. No matter how long it ends up taking.
Here Comes the Rain
As the paint is drying FAR slower than I had anticipated due to low 50ºF nights and possibly vapor pressure (fan had a very noticeable impact this afternoon), storing the seats in the bus was a no go. I put up all the windows, shut the doors, and pulled the roof vents down. The 28 (heavy!) seats have been put into the well house I cleaned out earlier for this potential purpose. Turns out they stack up quite nicely, making for a compact tower of up to 8 in an 8′ ceiling room. Three towers of eight, one of six.
Bus Heater Cleanup
I cleaned up the two coolant based heater for use later. I’ll be oiling the motors and installing new foam barriers/seals later on.
Ended up buying a second gallon of Smoke Grey.
Due to 50°F weather, the paint has not quite finished drying. At least not enough that I feel comfortable walking on it to put the top coat on. Delayed until tomorrow.
Primer Coat Down
Got the Rust-Oleum Clean Metal Primer down today. Phew. Fumy.
Navistar International ISIS DVD
While this does not seem to have all the information I was looking for, it does have a great deal of the information I needed for the engine. Huzzah!
Cough. Sputter. Good lord that was a lot of dust even with mask. Due to the severity, I ended up using a fine steel wire brush on the drill. Worked perfect. Swept and air hosed out the bus several times. Everything is ready for tomorrow being paint day. Assuming I don’t end up seriously ill.
Random Lessons I Have Learned: Part 2
Bus smoke! Don’t breathe this!
Seriously. Wear a mask. That thick white powder is zinc oxide. You know, the stuff that makes welders sick? While I was smart enough to wear the mask for the bulk of today’s experimental scrubbing in a dry area, I failed to do so in a patch at the back door. It wasn’t much, but it was enough to make me feel like crap. It isn’t just for welders to keep in mind.