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Iconic VW bus extensively restored with Standox

From rust bucket to sparkling, classic show vehicle in 250 hours: to mark its 60th anniversary in 2015, global refinish brand Standox organised the restoration of an old VW bus. After taking the classic bus on an anniversary tour last year, Standox now uses it for customer visits, events and trade shows.

When Karsten Schwab, one of the managing directors at Höschen und Schwab, an accident and refinish bodyshop in Wuppertal, Germany, first saw the 1976 iconic T2b, he was rather shocked. “The bodywork was badly dented and corroded,” he says.

But they only had six weeks to get the classic back into shape because Standox wanted to use the bus for its 60th anniversary tour. The combination of the tight timeline and the poor condition of the vintage bus presented the bodyshop team with a big challenge.

“It wasn’t only the large amount of rust, but also the old, cracked paint job that made our task difficult,” Schwab recalls. “We sanded the bus right down to bare metal and sandblasted it, rectified old accident damage, panel-beat the roof, and filled dents with putty, then smoothed them over.”

Rust is a common problem in classic car restoration. To address it, Standox offers a range of products that lastingly protect cars against corrosion. To insulate the bare metal, Höschen und Schwab relied on Standox Etching Adhesion Primer U3100 and the VOC System Filler U7540.

“And with the help of the Standofleet 2K HS Topcoat for commercial vehicles, we eventually got the bus to shine again,” he says.

Painted in the iconic Standox blue, the bus also carries the bowtie-shaped Standox logo that dates back to the brand’s early days. The bodyshop spent 250 hours on restoring the vintage bus.

Olaf Adamek, Standox Brand Manager for Europe, Middle East and Africa, says, “I am delighted that we have been able to give the old vintage bus its good looks back. The VW bus is the perfect messenger for our well-established, Made in Germany brand.”

For bodyshops interested in restoring and refinishing classic vehicles, Standox has brought out a useful Standothek guide entitled Prestige and Classic cars. The guide is full of information and advice on how to estimate the work involved in all steps of the repair, how to protect historical vehicle bodywork against corrosion, finding the right colour shade and much more. This and the full range of Standothek guides can be ordered, free of charge, from the Standox webshop at


About Standox

Standox, one of the global refinish coating brands from Axalta Coating Systems, supports its customers with premium product quality and in-depth consultancy to help obtain the best results. As a leading European automotive refinish brand based in Wuppertal, Germany, it delivers innovative product systems and superior colour-match accuracy and paint technology. Approvals from major car manufacturers reflect the brand’s position as a leading partner to the automotive industry. Standox helps professional refinishers achieve right-first-time results.

Iconic VW bus extensively restored with Standox
Iconic VW bus extensively restored with Standox