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Old 05-01-2017, 01:52 PM   #1
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Floor prep questions

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Just finished grinding (hours and hours and hours) of rust off of the floor of the bus. I plan on painting on Corroseal to convert/seal what's left.

Questions are:

1. Should I make sure the floor is squeaky clean before applying (by wiping down with mineral spirits or somesuch)? I power-washed it, but it's not perfect.

2. I need to seal the holes in the floor. I am trying to choose between caulk, as I have seen many do, or aluminum tape, which I've heard of, but not actually seen. Regardless, should I do that before or after sealing?

3. A lot of the caulk around the joints between the walls/floor/floorwells was shriveled up and non-effective. It needs to be recaulked. Before or after sealing?

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You're right, caulk doesn't work well. Some people epoxy pennies over the holes. Some people weld them closed. I don't know what's best. We'd have to see who still has a floor in their bus after 30 years.

If your metal floor is clean enough to paint, it should be good for the rust convertor followed by paint.
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I've got a BUNCH of scrap steel. My plan is to cut little pieces of 18ga and metal glue them over the holes from the seats.
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ECCB--You going to do that before or after sealing the floor?
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ECCB--You going to do that before or after sealing the floor?
After. I'm gonna MOP my floor with Ospho since its heavily galvanized, then primer it, then put the patches on, then topcoat it with whatever color is on sale.

I'm now in love with 550 seam sealer, so maybe I'll just stick em down with that!
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After. I'm gonna MOP my floor with Ospho since its heavily galvanized, then primer it, then put the patches on, then topcoat it with whatever color is on sale.

I'm now in love with 550 seam sealer, so maybe I'll just stick em down with that!
Gotcha. Thanks! I may consider something along those lines. I kinda liked Robin's idea of pennies.
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Gotcha. Thanks! I may consider something along those lines. I kinda liked Robin's idea of pennies.
I just try to avoid dissimilar metals. Not sure if copper and steel cause a galvanic corrosion or not.
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I've got a BUNCH of scrap steel. My plan is to cut little pieces of 18ga and metal glue them over the holes from the seats.
Not done taking the rubber floor up yet but I've been thinking of this too. The plates from the school bus signs or the stop sign are perfect to punch out small circular hole "patch" material.

Are you going to do anything under to prevent the rust from coming up?

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You're right, caulk doesn't work well. Some people epoxy pennies over the holes. Some people weld them closed. I don't know what's best. We'd have to see who still has a floor in their bus after 30 years.

If your metal floor is clean enough to paint, it should be good for the rust convertor followed by paint.
That's a lot of Lincolns. (sorry, couldn't resist)
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Not done taking the rubber floor up yet but I've been thinking of this too. The plates from the school bus signs or the stop sign are perfect to punch out small circular hole "patch" material.

Are you going to do anything under to prevent the rust from coming up?



That's a lot of Lincolns. (sorry, couldn't resist)
What rust??
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What rust??
you may not have it now but traveling in the northeast during winter months, you are gonna have yourself a rust bloom by end of spring at those holes if you don't do something on the underside to prevent it.

I'm thinking of painting the bottom of the floor as well to prevent the holes from rusting in the future.
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