Open Topper Painting

Brian Robertson (my dad), has been coach painting in Dundee since the 1960s. He taught me how to paint and from a young age, I was always around buses and lorries. We worked together to refurbish Dundee’s open topper double decker.

Coach painting in Dundee
Brian working fast, glossing the stripes

Taybus Vintage Vehicle Society approached us in 2012.  The group are the proud guardians of Dundee’s famous open top double decker. The Volvo Ailsa bus was operated by Tayside Regional Council since 1979 and ended in the loving care of Taybus. The enthusiasts wanted to restore the double decker to its former glory so, shortly after we met, the team at Taybus got to work sanding the entire bus’ panels.

Coach painting by hand
Thoroughly sanded and ready for painting

Previously painted by Brian years earlier when he was employed with Tayside Region, the bus deserved a refurbishment. Over two to three weeks, the coach painting of several layers of paint was added before the recognisable stripes. All paint used was coach enamel which helped the opacity of the colour. We also trusted the paint’s durability and knew it’d last for years.

Hand painting a bus
Building up the layers of paint

The bus artwork

The artwork was supplied for us to ensure we would replicate the livery as it was originally. This involved the painting of the outlined ‘Tayside’ lettering all around the bus. We also supplied and applied legal lettering, all carefully designed by Andrew Macintosh. These finishing touches make the livery authentic and essential for the double decker’s character and heritage.

Coach painting in Arbroath
The artwork was created by Andrew Macintosh – matching the original livery

The bus is still used and enjoyed. It’s driven to open days and events, bringing a sense of nostalgia and winning awards.

Coach painting Dundee
Pride of Dundee

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