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Waterproof and Primer paint are not usually compatible

DragBus – Epoxy primer Pro paint job


Want a primer paintjob but also want something waterproof – Epoxy primer is a perfect solution. Here we put DragBus through a bodyshop to get flatted back, skimmed and painted with Sherwin Williams E2A933 Primer Gray.

 

Pinholes fixed, doors off, windows out, every last bit of trim off and off she goes to the paintshop. One important tip before we dispatched her to the bodyshop was to align all the doors, exactly how we would want to see the final gaps. This involves attention to detail and lots of small adjustments. Finally once we got the front doors aligned we pushed the hinge pins out and left the brackets on the body. Here is the Bus just before collection;

Front doors off ready for paint our VW Bus

 

Just visible is the repair to the inside of the cargo door;

Cargo doors repaired ready for paint CAMPER

 

Green masking tape marks the issues that we want the bodywork guy to take care of – small dents or repairs that will need some sympathy when it comes ot flatting back.

Our Van ready for paint all trim removed

 

We went to visit just half way through to make sure the trim holes were still accessible and the issues were all addressed to our satisfaction but the finish was not good enough. Much to the body guys annoyance as they had already started to unprep the Bus;

Early stage of primer on our project Splittie

 

Door gaps look good from here;

Cargo door gaps painted Bus

 

So the the guys had to re-mask;

Primered Nose on our VW Bus

 

We used small bits of orange masking tape as a job list of small issues / snags;

Before final coat of paint our Volks Van

 

Not a lot wrong this side;

Rear passenger side of our primer campervan

 

The crucial long side of the Bus – this is the paint guys bane – to get this super flat requires a lot of patience, sweat and a long plank of wood etc. We were happy with this result;

Long side panel on a splitscreen Bus in primer

 

Here our Splittie was drying in the booth before we pulled her out and started taking off the masking;

Splitscreen drying in a paint booth

 

Having driven Dragbus in the wet UK conditions we can say the paint is very good.

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