Use an Air Hammer to Get Rivets Out
Taking Out The Wheelchair Lift
Plastic Wrapping The Bus
Painting The Floors
Before we could paint the rust converter, there were 2 more steps we had to do:
- Wire wheel the rust off the floors
- Wash the floors
We wanted to get the majority of the rust off the floors. We used the angle grinder with a wire wheel brush attached and brushed all the big globs of rust off the floors. After that, rust dust was flying everywhere – we leaf blowed all that out of the bus. Then, before laying down rust converter, I wanted to wash the floors. Buses have a certain smell and it’s from the floor! Seeing how nasty the floors were when we peeled up the subfloors locked in my idea that we had to wash the floors. We took a gallon of water with some soap in it and spread it across the floor, then one with only water in it. It then took us about five hours to dry the floors, continuously running the propane torpedo heater. We did not want to leave for the night to come back to the next morning with icy floors and not even be able to paint the rust converter. So we knew we had to stay and get these floors at least 90% dry to stay on track with painting the rust converter the next day.
The rust converter was already starting to dry as we were laying it down. Chris wanted to do two coats that day, but I suggested we listen to the directions and wait 24 hours before we apply the next coat.
After the second coat of rust converter, we painted two coats of Rustoleum paint.