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Old 03-18-2018, 05:32 PM   #1
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Rusted Floor

I just tore up the wood paneling on the floor of my 2004 International and discovered a lot of rust. I am unsure of whether or not I should just sweep it up and cover with pressure treated wood, or if I have to treat the rust. Any tips on how to treat it?

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Old 03-18-2018, 06:24 PM   #2
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I just tore up the wood paneling on the floor of my 2004 International and discovered a lot of rust. I am unsure of whether or not I should just sweep it up and cover with pressure treated wood, or if I have to treat the rust. Any tips on how to treat it?

Read the thread on floor preparation. It has TONS of great info.

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I definitely wouldn't just cover it back up...

Wire wheel all the loose rust.. cut out and patch any bad spots.. use a rust converter then prime with a good rust prevention paint. Then you can start thinking about putting down plywood.

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Definitely need to patch/fill all the holes then use a rust converter then paint before putting anything down.
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What I did with mine was a good sweep, then scrubbed it twice with simple green and water. Once that's dry you'll have an idea of what you're working with. Right now it looks overpowering because everything is rust colored... You might be just fine with an ospho treatment (mine took 2 applications!)

For sure don't just put something on top of it. Now that it's uncovered and the air is hitting it the rusting process has jumped ahead. After treatment you'll want to cover with a rustproofing oil based enamel paint (I also used primer on mine).
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Old 03-18-2018, 07:55 PM   #6
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You should be glad you ripped up that floor to see what your foundation is.
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Read the thread on floor preparation. It has TONS of great info.

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I 2nd that...and add my 2bits...I'd sand blast that deck, swab on the naval jelly( rust converter). Neutralize with a baking soda bath...let dry and carry on...my 2bits

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Yes, I have been dealing with much of the same... bad rusty spots near the wheel wells. I used metal sheers and cut-out some of the spots that were bad so the ends were not rusty and frail. I then cleaned with wire brushes to remove any loose debris. Next I used the Rustoleum Rust Stopper / Coating to stop rust from spreading, and really sealed everything good. Lastly I cut "patches" from the extra sheet metal I had from removing the side walls, and I used that to patch all the holes. I just used a heavy duty epoxy along with a metal silicone sealant from Lowes. Cheap fix, but should last since it's all sealed up now air and moisture tight!
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