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Old 06-03-2008, 11:36 AM
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Floor pan repair

I have recently done some work on my floor pans on my 66 chevy van. Cut out the rusted through areas and welded in new metal. There is some pitting on some of the floor in front of the seats. The metal is solid and I have ground the surface rust off. My question is, can i use a light coat of filler to smooth everything out or will this not work because it is the floor and it will crumble when stepped on?

I know some of you are going to say the proper thing to do is cut out all the metal that had any rust on it but that really isn't an option right now.

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Let me see if I'm understanding your question. Your wondering if the body filler will crack if you step on it, or are you talking about the metal?

If what you said about the floor is true and it's pretty solid then what I'd do is sand blast all the rust out of the pitted area, apply etch primer and apply a skim coat of filler, prime and paint and reinstall carpet. Of course like you said, cutting it out would be the perferred method.

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Yeah, I am wondering if the filler will crack from stepping on. It will be a very thin coat, sanded and painted like you said.
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The filler shouldn't crack unless you throw something on it or it really flexs. Anyways you shouldn't see it when the carpet is layed over it.
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Cool. Thanks for the replies.
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GO to Masterseriesct.com and pick up a few quarts of silver for $27 each. Spray on 2 or 3 coats and it will self level and fill the pits very well. Now you have sealed any possible remaining rust and leveled out the pits at the same time. I did my gas tank, pedal assembly and wheels with nice results.








I am doing the pan and suspension this coming week.
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