Things I’ve Learned About Paint

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Oct 132010
 
  1. 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).
  2. It will still take a lot longer than paint can indicates to dry.
  3. Let it dry properly.  No matter how long it ends up taking.

Here Comes the Rain

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Oct 102010
 

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

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Oct 082010
 

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.

Topcoat Painted

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Oct 082010
 

Ended up buying a second gallon of Smoke Grey.

Soft Paint

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Oct 072010
 

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

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Oct 062010
 

Got the Rust-Oleum Clean Metal Primer down today.  Phew.  Fumy.

Navistar International ISIS DVD

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Oct 052010
 

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!

Excess Oxide Removed

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Oct 052010
 

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

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Oct 042010
 

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.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metal_fume_fever