lying under a bus all day

Paint protection

Well, who would have thought that lying around on your back all day could be such hard work! Finally, after a couple of days hard graft at Resto Classics, I managed to get the first coat of the aluminium coloured Epoxy Mastic 121 applied to the underside of the bus! 🙂

phew, first coat of aluminium coloured Epoxy Mastic applied
phew, the first coat of aluminium coloured Epoxy Mastic applied

Bus before

It certainly looks radically different from before we started. Getting all the surface rust and dirt cleaned off. Getting the bare metal prepared and ready for paint finally feels worth all the effort.

these historical freeloaders homes will need to go
these historical freeloaders homes will need to go

now bus transformation

Quite a transformation from a few days ago! It has certainly scrubbed up well underneath, hopefully, beauty will be more than skin deep!

the aluminium coloured Epoxy Mastic transforms the underside of the bus
the aluminium coloured Epoxy Mastic transforms the underside of the bus

Tough paint

According to the spec sheets, the Epoxy Mastic 121 should not flake, peel or blister – even underwater. It’s supposed to resist oils, saltwater and mechanical damage, so it should provide good protection under the bus and help preserve its life on the road!

fun and games getting the aluminium coloured Epoxy Mastic applied to all the nooks and crannies
fun and games getting the aluminium coloured Epoxy Mastic applied to all the nooks and crannies

Protection everywhere

I did my best to try to get the protective Epoxy Mastic 121 into every nook and cranny I could find a way of reaching with a brush! Top tip, make sure you wear eye protection, as gravity is not your friend when painting above your head! 😉

wheel arch transformation – first coat of aluminium coloured Epoxy Mastic 121
wheel arch transformation – first coat of aluminium coloured Epoxy Mastic 121

Second thoughts

Funny, with the underside of the bus now in its first coat of aluminium coloured Epoxy Mastic 121, it looks rather good in the silver colour! However, I’ve committed myself to both (a) giving it all a second coat and (b) using a red oxide colour for the final coat. Now all I have to do is muster the energy and enthusiasm to do it all over again!

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