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Old 10-20-2010, 04:32 PM   #1
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Herculining tub and painting interior.

This project all started because I had my bikini top over night and it rained heavily. Came out to my Jeep and there was 4 inches of standing water in the tub. Needless to say I had to remove all the carpet and let them dry. To my dismay as I was pulling the front carpets I noticed a considerable amount of surface rut on the floorboards. So begins the planning of the process of researching tub lining. After a lot of research for DIY tub lining Herculiner seemed to have a respectable reputation. Now to buy the supplies until Dec 31st of 2010 Herculiner is offering a $20 mail in rebate. I purchased a gallon kit for $79.99 and I am waiting on the $20 rebate making it basically $60.

So the long process of stripping the interior begins. I removed the roll bar, the dash, center console, seats, and all trim inside the tub.



After removing everything from the interior it is time to rough up the paint and remove said surface rust from the floorboards. It is important for good adhesion to scuff the paint as much as possible. When you think you are done keep scuffing.



If you notice there are three shade in this picture far right is good scuffing of the paint using a drill attached paint/rust remover made by 3M. The middle is using only a scouring pad or a scotch bright pad. On the left is un-scuffed.

Now to remove the rust. I used the drill attached paint/rust stripper and sand paper to get rid of all the rust. It takes a bit of time to get it all out but the peace of mind was worth it to me.



To me it was important to remove all the rust I want to protect my investment. Some people have used the rust reformer to basically neutralize the rust but being schooled, not professional auto body guy I chose to remove it.

After scuffing all the paint and removing all rust from the floor boards it was time to prime all the bare metal.



Let the primer dry for recommended time then you need to lightly sand the primed areas to allow for good adhesion. Be careful not to sand through the primer or you will have to prime over the bare spots again.

Wipe down everything that is to be lined with some sort of paint prep solution. I believe that Herculiner recommends using xylene and a few others. Now that everything is wiped down and cleaned you are ready to start rolling on the bed-liner. I put all the bolts back into appropriate holes to keep the bed-liner from coating the threads. I taped the threads on the bolt itself so that it wouldn't coat the bolt as well. Read the instructions for whatever type of bed-liner you are using. I did roll it on in the areas that weren't too tight of spots. For the tight spots I used a paint brush but not making stroke motion, instead i dabbed it on to keep the texture consistent. Make sure you give yourself enough time to let the bed liner dry. I put a second coat on 2 days after I rolled the first coat on. After everything was back in I told a friend of mine who is a car dealer manager he was very skeptical I could tell. He asked to see it, took him out to my Jeep and he was thoroughly impressed and said it looked like it had been sprayed on.

Since I already had the interior panels ripped out I figured I may as well paint the dirty old tan interior. I was fortunate enough to manage a restaurant so I asked the owner if I could use the sink area to prep all the interior pieces and panels. I used mild soap and hot water for a solvent. To scrub it all I used a scouring pad or a scotch bright pad. Being able to use a big sink and a sprayer saved me a lot of time. I then dried all the panels by hand and let them sit for around 3 days before painting. After the dry time I was ready to paint the panels. Before painting I took a clean towel and used paint thinner to wipe each piece down before painting. Allowing the thinner to dry for 30 minutes I began painting. I used a paint called duplicolor vinyl and fabric paint. I chose to go with flat black and red accents. I didn't take before pictures of the interior because I didn't realize I was going to paint it until after I removed it all. After all was said and done I spent $80 on the Herculiner, $60 on the vinyl paint, $40 on seat covers and around $30 on prep supplies. So for around $210 $190 after rebate and 30 hours of labor, I was able to bed-line the tub and completely change the interior of my Jeep. The following pictures are of the finished product. Hopefully this can help some of the forum members here if you have any ?'s let me know.

And yes I am a Husker fan raised in Nebraska and we don't have any professional sports team so it's kinda a given to be a fan here.











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Old 10-21-2010, 12:08 AM   #2
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looks good my interior is painted similar

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Old 10-21-2010, 04:13 AM   #3
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Thanks it was worth the work I am enjoying the new look of the interior.
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Old 11-11-2010, 07:16 PM   #4
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thanks for the time to post. this should help me this summer when i plan on doing the same thing. how did you remember how to put the dash all back together and which screws went where lol. Looks awesome. good job.
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love the look of the color matched trim. plus, you can never go wrong with bed lining the tub.
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I plan on doing that this weekend. Did you use vinyl diy or paint for the door panels and dash? And what type of seat covers are those? Do you no where I can get the vinyl paint?
Looks awesome i have to say. I am going to paint mine black with blue because my jeep is blue... I hope it looks good with the blue!
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thanks for the time to post. this should help me this summer when i plan on doing the same thing. how did you remember how to put the dash all back together and which screws went where lol. Looks awesome. good job.
Yeah I think I ended up with 3 extra screws lol, but all in all i figure 3 extras wasn't all that bad. It may seem intimidating but it was well worth it I get a lot of compliments from people that see the interior. Just take your time when taking it apart I had one of my buddies kids help me uninstall the dash I think if I had taken all the screws out I would have been fine. Also if you are planning on doing it the only real difficult screws/nuts to get to are the ones holding the airbag cover and the grab bar. Other than that it wasn't bad at all.
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I plan on doing that this weekend. Did you use vinyl diy or paint for the door panels and dash? And what type of seat covers are those? Do you no where I can get the vinyl paint?
Looks awesome i have to say. I am going to paint mine black with blue because my jeep is blue... I hope it looks good with the blue!
I used duplicolor vinyl and fabric paint on the dash and door panels it has been on for over a month and is holding up real well. I purchased it at oreilly's auto parts store. I think I used 8 cans of flat black and 2.5 cans of the red if that helps you out. The seat covers are just a wal-mart special couldn't afford the neoprene ones yet. I have a friend that is an upholsterer that i think I will have recover them in neoprene. Seat covers were around $40 they fit ok but loose in spots. I work part-time and go to school full-time so I have a lot of time and little money doing as much as I can by myself. I would like to see what you come up with if you get it done and can take some pictures post them up on here. Have fun and good luck it is worth the time and energy.
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nice looking ride... good post
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Old 12-02-2010, 04:15 PM   #10
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first off that looks great. Id like some more info of how you painted the dash. rattle cans? Also is it flat or can you still see the bumps on the interior parts? Did you finish it all with a clear coat?

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Hi Bob, Yes I used rattle cans, Duplicolor vinyl and fabric paint. Yes you can still see the definition in the texture. No I did not use a clear coat of any kind. In retrospect, I may have dug out all my painting tools and used a professional 3 part paint that you can get specifically for plastic dash and interior panels. If you choose to use the Duplicolor rattle cans make sure you do several coats on the door panels. There is some wear patterns around the window cranks from rolling up/down the windows. It isn't real bad but I am going to take them off and re-coat them in the spring with 3 to 4 more coats. Make sure you lay the paint down in light coats the heavier you put it on the less you will see the definition in the texture of the panels. Other than that the paint is holding up nicely it has been on for 4 months. You could also look at the plastic paint Rustoleum makes. The only issue I had with using that I could not find it in flat finish paint.
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wow, that looks GOOD ... haha. adding to list of future projects.
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Looks great! I like what you did with the two tone. Herculining is going to be my spring project.
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Does the herculiner collect dust easily?
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Looks good! i plan on herculining my tub very soon!
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Looks very nice.
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I herculined mine many many years ago and still holds up great, My bro in laws we just did a few months ago and bought a gal of black and a gal of grey, tinted the gray a few different colors with regular paint and did the whole thing in urban camo. Black, 2 shades of grey and like a light tan, Man did that look good. But be really careful what kind of paint you use, make sure they have compatable ingridients.
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That looks awesome man! I'm planning on herculining mine probably next spring unless I can find a garage to use at some point haha I might have to do something with the trim now too because I like how yours turned out! I may PM you with some questions when I finally get to this project if you don't mind! Thanks for the info!
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That turned out good im thinking of doing that myself
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Nice Work!

I've gotta tell everyone, I tried, I really did...I knew I was bound to F it all up so I experimented on the insta-trunk. I'm trying to go from tan to black as most people here do. I used SEM prep and paint and it came out so shitty. The paint didn't bond, it scratched real easy. What a disappointment. Now, here's where I think it all went awry...I used vinyl paint, the trunk is plastic. And with the exception of the handle under the pass. airbag, I think the whole dash is plastic. So why would I have to use a vinyl paint. I'm thinking of maybe using krylon. ANYYYYYY help would be welcomed. Thanks!!!!!
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I've gotta tell everyone, I tried, I really did...I knew I was bound to F it all up so I experimented on the insta-trunk. I'm trying to go from tan to black as most people here do. I used SEM prep and paint and it came out so shitty. The paint didn't bond, it scratched real easy. What a disappointment. Now, here's where I think it all went awry...I used vinyl paint, the trunk is plastic. And with the exception of the handle under the pass. airbag, I think the whole dash is plastic. So why would I have to use a vinyl paint. I'm thinking of maybe using krylon. ANYYYYYY help would be welcomed. Thanks!!!!!
Hey Ralphie, I agree with you to an extent. The plastic paint seems to wear a bit better then the vinyl paint, although mine has held up real well if the time is not spent on preparation to get all excess grease and debris off the materials to be painted adhesion is a big issue. I spent around 8 hours prepping all surfaces. Also if you do not put enough paint on and completely cover the areas in my opinion it would easily be scratched. I did have high traffic areas mainly around the window cranks that have worn a bit but not bad. I put around 4 coats on the door panels and I intend on putting 4-5 more coats on in the spring. Hopefully that helps you and if you do decide to go with the plastic paint let me know how it turns out in case i decide to coat my door panels in that. Good luck.
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I think it collects dust easy yes. But when you go out in the mud with the top off and get the interior muddy you can simply spray out the interior and use a shop vac to get the water out. Add good Neoprene seat covers also. In my opinion the pro's outweigh the con's by a landslide. A big con for me is the moisture barrier it creates. For me I live in the midwest where they use salt on the roads to melt the ice/snow, and said moisture barrier give me peace of mind that my floor boards wont rust out from the inside.

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