Originally Posted by budal
Now question is-- POR 15, Picklex, Corroseal, Ospho or Jasco. I think I read somewhere that one of these is okay over paint-would love to do a 1 step---a spray would be good because I'd like to reach under plywood, but not neccessary. Please advise...have owned this AS for a week and I'd love to get on the road soon...also piece of steel 3 inches by 3 feet by 1/8 is in rear c-channel-plywood datto'd out to accomodate --is this normal.
Bud ---Lake Orion, Mi.
1980 31' Excella II (we're havin' fun now)
Ospho & Jasco (rust converters) are very similar (I prefer Ospho) Jasco available at Lowes for about $7-8 per quart. Ospho at hdw and paint stores. After converting the rust you still need to paint or ideally prime & paint. Red Oxide primer or Zinc Chromate primer (better) if you can find it.
Never heard of Picklex or Corroseal but intend to Google or Bing.com them asap.
As for POR-15 which is certainly touted often on these forums, It is not to be taken litely (nor applied lightly
). That is; it costs way too damm much to not do it exactly right. Also if you get it on yourself (which you absolutely will) only time will get it off (weeks).
IMHO it would be almost impossible to apply POR-15 correctly from above thru a hole. And certainly you are gonna get it all over your working hand & forearm.
POR-15 recommends a chem coat(rust converter) first (their product) , then 2 coats of the topping paint. Smart users buy topping in two colors so they can be sure the 2nd coat covered 100%.
I do not think a serviceable job can be done with any (can) spray product unless you open up and get to the area with more working room.
Why bother if you are not gonna do it right? Might be better to cover the hole up and get back to it after camping season. It ain't easy to get it done but it is very satisfying to know the basement is in good shape.
Oh and I would document my work with invoices and pictures including those of you doing the work, reason=if you go to sell later it will be good evidence.