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Old 05-06-2020, 12:16 PM   #21
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I was curious if you had overspray or tried it on the aluminum. Not to help it, but to see if it reacts. Aluminum is great in that when it oxidizes, it forms an oxygen barrier which stops the corrosion. However, electrolysis is an entirely different matter.
I did get some on the aluminum but it didn't seem to do anything. I didn't notice anything when I cleaned up before painting.
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Old 05-06-2020, 01:47 PM   #22
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Looks great, how did you like the aluminum primer?
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Old 05-06-2020, 06:17 PM   #23
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Old 05-08-2020, 11:54 AM   #24
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Looks great, how did you like the aluminum primer?
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The primer worked well. Being latex meant low odor which was nice compared to the Rustoleum oil based topcoat. The only places it didn't stick well was where I didn't get the Oshpho residue completely brushed off.
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Old 05-08-2020, 01:11 PM   #25
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Yesterday and today I got the floors torn out.
You're right I never could have felt good about leaving mine in and building on it, knowing what I know now, having removed them!!!
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Old 05-17-2020, 10:21 AM   #26
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Wow! What a difference on that floor!
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Old 05-17-2020, 05:22 PM   #27
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Great build, thanks for sharing!
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Old 05-17-2020, 07:12 PM   #28
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I got the floor cleaned up. It's amazing how much aluminum corrodes. Everywhere a screw or bolt passed through the floor, the aluminum is pitted. There are even a couple of holes. Nothing to the point of structural weakness, though I haven't delved into the driver's area yet. Galvanic corrosion between dissimilar metals is a big thing on boats, and apparently busses. Aluminum floor+steel bolts+wet plywood.
I applied Oshpho to the galvanized chair rail and will paint the floor and rails with Rystoleum Latex aluminum primer then paint.
I'm curious to see your experiences with that primer. I'm currently painting two aluminum bus windows black to match the ones already in my bus, and I'm using SEM self-etching primer and then black Rustoleum enamel. I fixed some peeling paint spots on my own windows with this and it adhered well and has held up pretty well so far, but I've never done an entire window with it before and I don't know how well it's going to last.
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Old 05-17-2020, 11:13 PM   #29
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I'm curious to see your experiences with that primer. I'm currently painting two aluminum bus windows black to match the ones already in my bus, and I'm using SEM self-etching primer and then black Rustoleum enamel. I fixed some peeling paint spots on my own windows with this and it adhered well and has held up pretty well so far, but I've never done an entire window with it before and I don't know how well it's going to last.
It seemed to adhere well though I probably won't know long term as hopefully it will soon be permanently covered.

I have all the insulation cut as well as the finish plywood. Because of the limited headroom, I used 1/2" polyiso foil faced foam. It's not as compression resistant as polystyrene so I installed 1/2' plywood strips anywhere there will be significant weight above. Also at the seam in the walking aisle.

I am using 1/2" Baltic Birch ply over the insulation and as my finish flooring, again to limit height. The Baltic Birch is a cabinet grade product with no voids and all hardwood plys. It was only a few bucks more per sheet than crappy stuff from HD. It comes in 5x5' sheets. Today I finished fitting all the plywood pieces and have them prepped for stain and polyurethane finish.
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Old 05-18-2020, 12:57 AM   #30
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I like the use of furring strips where you need the support rather than some regular grid spacing for no reason.

That plywood is nice. I lucked into a 4'x8' piece of 3/4" for $25 that I used on my floor repair. It's very stiff and it's such a nice piece of wood I hate to be walking around on it.
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Old 07-10-2020, 12:07 PM   #31
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Been a long while since I updated. Work on bus, work on work... Got the floor done in June. I stained the Baltic Birch with ebony stain and 4 coats of Varithane. Has a nice contrast with the cherry cabinet. I finished the area under the bed in clear so it won't be so dark in the storage area.
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Old 07-10-2020, 12:12 PM   #32
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Road Worthy

I put the cabinet, pull-out sofa and bed frame back in, and a temporary counter top so we can road trip for summer. Not done by any stretch, but good to go!
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Old 07-10-2020, 12:18 PM   #33
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And away we go!

Three trips in 4 weeks. Now we're talking
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Old 07-10-2020, 12:24 PM   #34
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And away we go!

Trying to travel and stay away from people at the same time. Heading to Seattle to visit in laws though
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Old 07-10-2020, 01:55 PM   #35
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Trying to travel and stay away from people at the same time. Heading to Seattle to visit in laws though
Awesome! Great you're planning trips while doing the build. I think that's the way to keep motivated with it.
Don't let the in laws see your messages haha
Stay safe and enjoy your travels
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Old 09-05-2020, 07:56 PM   #36
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What did you do prior to the aluminum primer to address the corrosion and what did you use to fill the bolt holes? Having a hard time finding consistent info on how best to tackle our aluminum floor.
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Old 09-08-2020, 11:50 PM   #37
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What did you do prior to the aluminum primer to address the corrosion and what did you use to fill the bolt holes? Having a hard time finding consistent info on how best to tackle our aluminum floor.
Sorry for the slow reply. I ground out pitted area, cleaned then primed. Maybe it was naive but I figured by removing the water-logged plywood, that would stop the galvanic corrosion that was occurring. I don't thing the aluminum corrodes like steel. It corrodes due to contact with dissimilar metals and water. The treated plywood has compounds that likely enhance the corrosion and when wet, and screwed into the aluminum, corrosion occurs. Remove the wet ply and the corrosion should stop.

I sealed holes by gluing down pieces of aluminum roof flashing with construction adhesive. Small holes (screw holes) I just sealed with a dab of caulk.
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Thanks for getting back to me. Following your build has been great info. Appreciate it.
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Old 09-23-2020, 06:02 PM   #39
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Every. Damn. Time. I look at this bus, I get sad I missed out on the Sonoma Auction.


Great price! Perfect year, they look super well maintained, and I love the look of the Girardin Microbirds.


I'm excited to see how your build develops, looking good so far.


Are you serious/correct that the interior height is 7 feet 3 inches as stated in the original post? That is awesome!


What is the usable interior length and width?
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Old 09-24-2020, 08:59 PM   #40
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Hi dzl_
Don't worry, you'll find one.
About now I'm looking forward to seeing how it develops too. Got to get back to it. To busy all summer. I hope to pull out the ceiling soon to allow installation of Solar, vent fan and insulation.
Sorry on the typo- it is actually 6'3 high. That would have been too good!
Width is 6' 2" x 14' behind the driver.
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