ArmorCoat Used on Presidential Busses
According to ArmorCoat, its clear coat product was applied to protect the $1.1 million bus from chips, cracks, scratches and bug juice.
The Secret Service purchased the bus, manufactured by Canada-based Prevost, and an identical model from Hemphill Brothers Coach Co. based in Tennessee. The second bus is intended for Obama’s 2012 Republican-nominated opponent.
John Ryan, ArmorCoat’s owner, told RV PRO that stumbling upon the news that his product fits for a president was “dumb luck.”
“I was reading an article about these busses on Politico,” Ryan said. “The article identified Hemphill Brothers and that jumped out at me because I know that they’re one of my customers.”
It probably took workers at Hemphill Brothers about two hours to apply ArmorCoat to the front of each bus, which they provide as standard, Ryan said. He estimates the clear coat cost between $1,200 and $1,600 per vehicle.
“It’s a high honor,” Ryan said. “Our product was thought as having a high-enough quality by the people that manufacture them (the busses) to say, ‘it’s a no-brainer, we only put the best-of-the-best on these two busses and we chose ArmorCoat over the 3M film, hands down.’”
ArmorCoat was also once applied to a coach used for the ABC show Extreme Makeover, according to the company.