protecting the underside of the bus

Protecting x2

Been another couple of long days lying under the bus. Going over the areas you’ve already painted was always going to be tough. The initial thrill of seeing the aluminium coloured Epoxy Mastic 121 transformation was going to be a hard act to follow, but it was time to crack on with the red oxide coloured, second and final coat of the Epoxy Mastic 121…

second and final coat of the red oxide coloured Epoxy Mastic 121 applied
a second and final coat of the red oxide coloured Epoxy Mastic 121 applied

Clever idea?

The first silver aluminium coat transformed the underneath, but the second and final coat in red should really help provide additional long-term protection for the buses main structural components. Why use two different colours? I thought that using the lighter colour first would then make it far easier to see where I had already painted!

the undersides transformation with second and final coat of the red oxide coloured Epoxy Mastic 121
the undersides transformation with a second and final coat of the red oxide coloured Epoxy Mastic 121

Colour matched

Not quite as bright a red as some of the pics show (internal lighting), but in the daylight, it blends in pretty well, not that many people will get to see it! Another case of having spent a lot of time and effort into getting something done, which most people will never see or know about! The kind of craziness that can only come from owning a vintage VW camper I guess!

front wheel arch transformation with second and final coat of the red oxide coloured Epoxy Mastic 121
front wheel arch transformation with a second and final coat of the red oxide coloured Epoxy Mastic 121

Like new

Hopefully, this should help provide some longer-term protection for the underneath of the bus from the elements. It will also make it easier to clean underneath.

rear wheel arches transformed with second and final coat of the red oxide coloured Epoxy Mastic 121
rear wheel arches transformed with a second and final coat of the red oxide coloured Epoxy Mastic 121

Is it my bus?

Such  a difference from where we started a few days ago! Underneath it no longer even looks like my bus anymore! It took some time going through the different stages of preparation to get to this, the second and final coat. But now it’s there, I’m glad of all the previous effort!

before and after – quite a difference with the clean up process!
before and after – quite a difference with the cleanup process!

All the effort will be worth it in the long run. The bus was super solid to start with. The original factory metalwork has really lasted well over all these years. This added layer of protection underneath should help make it last a good few more years longer now!

final coat of protection with second and final coat of the red oxide coloured Epoxy Mastic 121
a final coat of protection with a second and final coat of the red oxide coloured Epoxy Mastic 121

Don’t think my office workers body has ever felt so battered and aching! Fortunately, its now time to let the paint fully cure and harden. Phew! Mind you, there are a few other bits an’ bobs to do on the bus in the meantime!

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