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Old 04-20-2017, 12:19 PM   #21
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After 20 years of getting water into the flooring from kids as well a from being hosed out, it's no wonder most of them are found rusty.
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Old 04-20-2017, 03:02 PM   #22
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what did you do to get to that painted surface? Did you use any solutions to arrest the rust?
I cleaned with dawn dish soap. Then scrubbed with a push broom and sprayed with water. Really cleaned and degreased the surface. Then I put a heavy layer of klean strip "cut & etch" down. It turned all the rust black. Then I did two coats of rustoleum rusty metal primer then one coat of protective enamel. Make sure the let the cut&etch sit over night then make sure you paint within 48 hours.
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Old 04-20-2017, 09:55 PM   #23
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Thanks, was the "cut & etch" purchased at a local hardware store or did you order it? I am patching my floor this weekend and hope to get it at least painted.
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Thanks, was the "cut & etch" purchased at a local hardware store or did you order it? I am patching my floor this weekend and hope to get it at least painted.
Just grab some ospho at ace. $25 a gallon.
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Old 04-21-2017, 06:33 AM   #25
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Thanks, was the "cut & etch" purchased at a local hardware store or did you order it? I am patching my floor this weekend and hope to get it at least painted.
You can find it at Home Depot. I want to say around $20. If you can find Ospho thanks good too!
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Thanks EastCoastCB and MelodyMachine. I picked up a grinder and cutting wheel yesterday so me and the bus floor have an appointment tonight and it aint gonna like it.
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So how did it go? Did you find much rust? I can compare pics with everyone here. And I'm so glad I stripped the floor!! I'm 80% finished working on my rust. I used Prep & Etch by Kleen Strip from Home Depot. It was $15.78 for the gallon. It works beautifully. Then I used Rustoleum Metal Primer Paint. My wheel wells are pretty bad and I can see clear through to the grass underneath. I'll be replacing some of the steel. Grinding away at the rust sure is one messy job! Make sure you're wearing a respirator, goggles and ear plugs... One day I was grinding away at the rust without ear plugs and i wasn't hearing the TV too good that night!


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The second picture is how it looks after I finish grinding and BEFORE I put down the Etch and Prep and then Paint. I don't fully trust that anything will stop the rust so I get rid of all of it first to a shiny finish before applying the E&P. Alot of spots are pitted where the rust is eating away at it but it's pretty darn shiny when I'm done.
I haven't dealt with rust in the first photo yet because I'll need to replace that panel in between the wheels and around the wheel wells. I need to teach myself how to weld first and pick up some 14ga sheets.



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