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Old 03-12-2017, 06:19 PM   #1
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Best way to remove rubber floor from steel surface?

Hello everyone!

I'm trying to remove the rubber floor but it's taking me forever. I think it's because it's stuck onto only the steel floor of the bus. I was thinking a putty knife would be the best tool but it's not quick at all

Does anyone have better/quicker suggestions please?

Thank you
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Old 03-12-2017, 06:28 PM   #2
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Hello everyone!

I'm trying to remove the rubber floor but it's taking me forever. I think it's because it's stuck onto only the steel floor of the bus. I was thinking a putty knife would be the best tool but it's not quick at all

Does anyone have better/quicker suggestions please?

Thank you
Look into a roof rake. Or go to Sherwin Williams and get a pole scraper that screws on to a paint pole or broom handle. It is heavier duty than a regular putty knife and has a chisel edge

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Old 03-12-2017, 07:20 PM   #3
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I used a pole air chisel thing. I don't remember the exact name of it. It came from Harbor Freight. It took the rubber right up in large pieces. There are pics of it on my build thread entitled 'pics of my build so far' or something similar. I don't know if you have HF stores there but you could get one on the net. It runs on compressed air. It sure made it a lot easier and faster. I think it was $49.00 US. Good luck.
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I used one of these, sometimes called a "johnson bar," it is basically a floor scraper but made of heavy steel and though it is exhausting to use after awhile, its heft allows you to get good momentum behind it, more effective at pulling the floor up than a small scraper. It is a good workout!

My steel floor was super rusty causing the adhesive to fail in some spots, so the rubber came up in sheets. The one advantage of having a rusty floor!
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Hello everyone!

I'm trying to remove the rubber floor but it's taking me forever. I think it's because it's stuck onto only the steel floor of the bus. I was thinking a putty knife would be the best tool but it's not quick at all

Does anyone have better/quicker suggestions please?

Thank you
We used a heat gun to warm the rubber floor, then scraped it up. It came up reasonably easy at that point.
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I second the heat application to loosen the glue. Heat lamps can be hung over tougher areas.
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