Our roots in coach painting often present an opportunity for special projects on the buses. In this case, the bus painting was planned and researched which lasted several weeks.

Gordon Low, owner of the 1982 Leyland National, contacted us to help in revitalising this single decker. He wanted the restoration to transform the vehicle into the Strathtay Scottish Omnibuses Ltd livery. Celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of the former transport company in the north east of Scotland.

Gordon and his team had already prepared all of the panels by repairing and filling any defects. The smooth sanding of panels and careful painting of the wheels had also been carried out.

Equipped with old photos and memories for reference, we went to work and started with the roof. To achieve a solid finish, the bus painting involved undercoating then two coats of gloss. Brushing went into the night to build up coats of orange. Detailing was next, by adding the all around white stripe which also required three coats. Panels were then lettered in vinyl graphics, replicated as close as possible to the original livery. The finishing touch was an authentic lower rear poster, encouraging 1970s folk to hop on and travel.

The result dazzled not only passers-by but judges too. The effort helped win the Roland Williams award for the best bus at Lathalmond’s Scottish Vintage Bus Museum.