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Old 07-19-2005, 07:02 PM   #1
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Floor Patching

Just wondering, what some people use to patch up holes in the floor of their bus?? Up to about the size of a Quarter. I myself have used... bondo, hot melt glue, silicone... ect. Just wondering if there is something better, a better technique... ideas?

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Old 08-18-2005, 05:27 AM   #2
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I've used j-b weld on the small ones... on some of the slightly larger ones I had to sort of do a layered application...building a crust around the hole, until I got it to close, then sanding the whole shebang down and painting it. Short of learning arc-welding I have no other Ideas, unfortunately.
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Old 09-02-2005, 12:00 PM   #3
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a piece of scrap steel and a mig
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Old 09-04-2005, 05:11 PM   #4
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Welding is the way to go. However, if you don't have access to a welder, you might look at using countersunk rivets for the smaller holes.

For quarter-sized ones, you might look into electrical knock-out seals (these wouldn't go completely flush, but the good ones are darn-near).

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Old 09-14-2005, 10:40 AM   #5
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I used a fiberglass bondo kit, seemed to work pritty good for the smaller holes - make sure you wear a glove though, thats some nasty stuff.

For the big hole over my fuel tank I used an old road sign I had and some liquid nails. Not that I think a road sign was the "best choice" I just happened to have one and thought I'd use that rather then buying some sheat metal.
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Old 09-16-2005, 01:14 PM   #6
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now that's a good Idea, very MacGyverish. I think I have some old road sign's hanging in the garage (from my delinquent School days) that would fit the bill for a lot of sheet metal usage. It's weatherproof, thin... damn that's a good Idea.
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Old 09-16-2005, 09:07 PM   #7
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hmmm....seem's like we all have some old road signs lying around. I might cut some pieces out of the white reflective part of a speed limit sign to replace my flasher lights.

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For the big hole over my fuel tank I used an old road sign I had and some liquid nails. Not that I think a road sign was the "best choice" I just happened to have one and thought I'd use that rather then buying some sheat metal.
I like the road sign idea. But for those of us that may not have any layin around anymore (because of an ass-hole RA in college), Home Depot and Lowes has some pre-cut sheet metal for a pretty decent prices. Tractor Supply Co. has some available too.

Then for simplicity, I would probably overlap my patch sheet about an inch, and wrap the inside of it with seam sealer (available at auto supply store) and rivit it to the floor board.

I think I will be doing this process in a month or so, I'll be sure to post pictures.
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I like the pre cut metal sheet idea, how did this work for you? I have considered this too, just know there are a lot of holes from 28 seats we have! Someone said polyurethane caulk would work to fill the holes and help with water sealing it as well. Anyone have thoughts on this or have done this?
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The method used will all depend on how long you want your bus to last.

5, 10, 20 or 40 years.

The better job and better materials used, the longer it will last.

Best is epoxy and metal patches.

That's what I did on my first bus 6 years ago.

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