Step by Step - New Floors
Here is what I did
1) Remove interior
2) Cut out old floors
3) Grind, sand, and wire brush everything that will be covered
4) Paint everything that will be covered up
5) Weld in new floors
6) Grind, sand (I used 100 grit), and wire brush off every piece of rust on the entire tub (lots and lots of work)
7) Wash the tub with acetone (wear gloves)
8) Rust Bullet x2 coats
9) Wash the entire tub with acetone
10) Herculiner x 2 coats
First, the way it was...
I ripped out the carpet, took out the seats and there was plenty of opportunity for improvement...The previous owner filled the space under the floors with construction foam, which by the way catches on fire if you grind on it too much.
The work begins...I cut out the old floors and started welding in the panels I got from LMC truck. Note, I cut out smaller secitons and welded in the new panel instead of just ripping everything out and having nothing to work off of. If I had it to do over again, I would just use sheet metal as the pre-formed panels pretty much suck...I used a combination of "No Rust" spray paint and "Rustoleum" to paint everything that was underneath the floor boards. I figured since I had the floors up it was worth the time to grind all the rust off and paint everything...
With the new floors in, I decided to Rust Bullet the entire tub. I bought 1 quart and was afraid it wouldn't be enough so took my sweet time doing the first coat (almost 3 hours!) and lo and behold I had plenty and even threw some away. Moral of the story, unless you are a total slob, 1 quart will do the entire tub of a Blazer, including the tail gate, with two coats.
After the Rust Bullet, I applied a really thin coat of Herculiner following the instructions the best I could...
And then a sedcond coat and reinstalled the roll cage which had been re-wrapped...
Page 1 Overview
Page 2 Completed Upgrades and Projects
Page 3 Progress Pics
Page 4 Step by Step Floor Replacement
Page 5 Trip Reports
Page 6 Step by Step TPI Installation
Page 7 Step by Step Anti Wrap
Page 8 Newer Projects and Dooh
Page 9 The end