On day eleven, we have been scraping the reflective tape and sanding the exterior of the bus in preparation to paint it before it gets too cold.
A razor scraper works great but takes time. I will say this was better than when we were removing rivets. A lot of people on our Instagram suggested we used a heat gun or hairdryer to help ease and quicken the process but we don’t own either and didn’t want to spend the money on it. We’ve come to the understanding that we have a tendency of making things a little harder for ourselves, but oh well.
If you’ve been following along with us, you might of seen that we had a letter of nuisance and one thing we did to appease the city was simply paint over the schools name where we got the bus. Now in prepping for painting, we pealed the vinyl letters off and are sanding it away.
This is the last visual evidence of Bixby Schools, thank you for helping us make our dreams come true!
So like I said earlier, we want to use our money for plywood and paint instead of a heat gun so we had to put a little elbow grease into taking the reflective tape off. Instead, we used Goo-Gone and cheap razor blade scrapers from Lowes Home Improvement.
We sprayed the tape and allowed a few seconds for it to soak in. The tape then came off pretty easily. However, we chose to buy cheap, retractable scrapers and the issue is that they kept wanting to retract. I would suggest you spend a couple extra bucks for a better scraper. Also, buy a box of extra razors, you tend to break some here and there on the rub railing.
After we got the tape off, we went back over each section with a new razor to get the remaining glue residue off which can be best described as sticky, snot-like gunk. Then just wiped it down with a rag. To get an even paint coat, you need the residue to come off.