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Old 03-02-2012, 06:26 PM   #1
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filling cracks and bolt indents

What to you recommend for filling gaps and bolt indents in the sub floor to level before linoleum?

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Old 03-02-2012, 06:53 PM   #2
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Some info. for you. You can find premixed compounds at Lowe's, etc.

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Old 03-02-2012, 09:02 PM   #3
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Hey Barry,
I used auto body filler, fills and sands easily.
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Old 03-02-2012, 09:12 PM   #4
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I would use Rock Hard wood filler. It is available at Lowes or HD and it is very inexpensive.

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Old 03-03-2012, 03:47 PM   #5
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Being an old hotrodder, I have body filler on site and am familiar with it thanks.
Dan thanks also I'll make a trip to Lowes and check out Rock Hard wood filler also before taking a dive into some of the glass fillers available in the garage.
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Magic Trick

I had some left over fiberglass resin so I mixed up some and poured it into the bolt holes, slightly overfilling each one. To my amazment when I came back from the store half and hour later several of the holes were empty. If you have body filler, use it. At least you will only have to repair the holes once. A body file knocks down the excess nicely.
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Old 03-09-2012, 05:41 AM   #7
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I tried a couple of things. Used floor leveler compound from HD where I put a patch in the floor where the original heater duct was in front of the gauchol It was good for a bigger area but if I was doing it again I would just used auto body filler. The floor leveler is a cement based product and it is hard to sand if you put it down too thick. To cover the heads of the individual bolts that were somewhat sunk into the old floor I used West System Epoxy with microballons filler added to make it about the consistency of peanut butter. The epoxy will have a little more flex that bondo over time but it probably won't matter. Either the epoxy mix or bondo should work fine.
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Old 03-09-2012, 06:06 AM   #8
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On my trailer the only way to get the bolts out is from the top. If you fill the heads up you are going to have to cut them out if you ever have to repair the floor and we know that AIRSTREAM FLOORS NEVER ROT. I would consider something like luan as an underlayment.

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Old 03-09-2012, 08:31 AM   #9
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Ha-Ha, yes they will last for ever, but then again if I need to remove them it another layer (of luan) that would need to be removed!

BTW it's done and all is well. 5/8" 7 ply marine, after two layers of fiberglass on edges and 1' back) screwed from the top with 1/4"-24 self tappers. All seams glassed it afterwards and sanded flush.
Thanks all for the suggestions,

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