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Old 06-18-2017, 10:16 PM   #11
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Between the floor and wall there is some kind of tar like sealer. When you get your wire brush in it, it just smears everywhere. Any tips on how to navigate this when preping/painting?

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That kind of looks like butyl. It's going to be burried by time you put the floor in, so rather than remove the butyl and then reseal the area why not just leave it there.

If you do want to remove it a putty knife is about the only way. It's sticky and gets on everything, but it's good stuff. It's been there for about 20 years.
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They left the "Silent Witness" in my beastie, too. Even left the tape in the recorder. Got out the Sawzall and removed the device, which opened up a lot of dash space. The camera was easy -- only 3 screws and a pair of diagonal cutters and 'poof', they were GONE!
Ah, makes sense! Thanks for the info!
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That kind of looks like butyl. It's going to be burried by time you put the floor in, so rather than remove the butyl and then reseal the area why not just leave it there.

If you do want to remove it a putty knife is about the only way. It's sticky and gets on everything, but it's good stuff. It's been there for about 20 years.
Yes, I'm not worried about how it looks. Just seems like a mess to deal with. Oil based primer might act like a solvent, but I don't want to stay completely away from it because I need to get the metal all around it. I guess I'll try to keep it organized and paint up to it but not slather over it.
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You could make a little test area where you've already disturbed the butyl to see if there's any reaction. Butyl is a very old sealant and I'm sure people have painted over it before, although I'm no expert on the subject.
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Just about ready to prime the floor.

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You're making pretty good time. Are you pulling the ceiling and wall panels?
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Well, that was easy compared to all the prep! Yes, I am planning to pull walls and ceiling for insulation. Very thankful to have screws instead of rivets.

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I've never had the luck to get a bus with screwed ceiling panels. I have a strong aversion to rivets.

If you're having your insulation sprayed in by a contractor, don't accept foundation grade foam. It's like sawing wood during the trim process.
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That's a good tip! Is there a name for what you do want?

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