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Old 08-16-2009, 10:31 PM   #1
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Herculiner DIY

i just lined the inside of my tj with herculiner and i am very pleased with the results. i tooks some pics throughout the process so i decided to do a write on how i did it.

what you need:
1 gallon herculiner or bed liner of your choice *
2 paint rollers *
1 paint brush *
Scouring Pad *
Solvent
1 paint tray (or aluminum pan if you forgot to get the paint tray like i did)
Masking Tape
Gloves (i strongly recommend using these b/c it is very difficult to get off skin, trust me.)
Paper Towels or Rags
Stir Stick or Paint Mixing Attachment for Drill (i would recommend using a drill to mix the bed liner. the bed liner is thicker than paint and it has a texture added to it so the drill works better.)

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Included in Herculiner Bed Liner KitThe first thing to do is remove the doors, it will be much easier without them getting in the way. Instead of removing the soft top, i removed the windows and flipped the rear corners of the soft top. I did this to keep the bed out of direct sunlight. This keeps the tub cooler to the touch and prevents the bed liner from curing too quickly and not properly adhering to the metal. Then I removed the seats, center console, shifter console (i have an automatic), carpet, and drain plugs. There are 3 hex head bolts and 1 Torx screw that hold each seat on.

Before Removing Interior Accessories



Then I removed the 4 brackets that hold the rear seat down and the tailgate striker, the rear seat belt buckles, rear seat belts, and front seat belts.




Once everything is removed vacuum all of the loose dust and debris. Next hose out the stuck on dirt, or you can do what I did and wash it out with "Marine Clean" or even dish soap. This should loosen up the rest of the debris. I took my wet/dry vac and sucked out all of the remaining water an puddles.

After Washing


Once interior is clear of debris, take the scouring pad and scuff up all of the areas to be painted. Be sure to scuff up all glossy areas.

Un-scuffed wheel welll


Scuffed wheel well


Next take some solvent on a rag and wipe down the entire interior of the Jeep, to clean all of the dust from the scouring pad and to dissolve any oils. This will help the bed liner to adhere to the surface.

Once the solvent dries, you can masking tape off any areas that you don't want lined. also, be sure to cover up all of the bolt holes to prevent the bed liner from getting in there and making it hard to reinstall bolts. I used pieces of paper towels that i twisted and inserted into the holes.

Body Tub w/ Bolt Holes Covered

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Now, you can stir the bed liner and start rolling the liner on. Start with a light coat and roll on the bed liner. Once everything is covered, use the paint brush and coat the seams and hard to reach areas. The second coat is ready once the first coat is no longer tacky (about 1-4 hours later). The second coat can be applied thicker than the first. Use the same technique as you did for the first coat.

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You can start reinstalling the interior accessories about 10-12 hours after the second coat dries. The bed liner is usually fully cured about 24-48 hours later.

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Old 08-16-2009, 10:45 PM   #3
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Sure had a lot of dirt under the carpet. LOL

Only takes 2 coats?
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Old 08-17-2009, 07:39 AM   #4
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Sure had a lot of dirt under the carpet. LOL

Only takes 2 coats?
1 gallon is enough to do 2 thick coats, and actually i have enough left over for a 3rd, i just ran out of light yesterday. the directions for the herculiner say that 1 gallon will coat a 6' truck bed with 2 coats.
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Old 08-17-2009, 06:09 PM   #5
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Good job and nice right up.. I so want to do this.
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Rather than start a new thread - I'm hoping I can add a few pics of my weekend project too w/out irritating jgano.

If anyone's on the edge about this - do it. I'm also super pleased with the results, although durability will be the main test. But for $80 - it's a great weekend project and gets rid of the nasty carpets and/or rusty floors.






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In addition to what's posted above - I also used:

Xlyol Xylene for prep
Painter tape
A drill attached scotch brite pad makes the scuffing quicker and helps get rid of any rust
a bunch of rags
2 extra brushes, (3 total) - one for inital cut in, one for second coat cut in, and one for final touch up after your interior is reinstalled
Best of luck to anyone wanting to try it. By far the hardest and most time consuming part is removing the interior, prepping, and reinstalling the interior. The actuall application doesn't take more than 30-45 max minutes per coat.
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Did ur whole roll bar?
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Did ur whole roll bar?
No, just a few inches up under the pads. I don't see myself ever taking the pads off and didn't want the hassle of removig the soundbar too. (more disassembly) I can always do them later if I change my mind.
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Awsome! I don't have a top right now so it is free to rain and do what ever inside my rig. I really want to do this so I don't have to worry so much about moisture eating at my floor.
I plan to do a Hurculine job very soon.
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thanks for the rite ups... looks good..planning on doing this as well..
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Wonder what would show dirt more a white or black color lining.
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Wonder what would show dirt more a white or black color lining.
does it matter? dirt = extra insulation, plus you can write little reminders in it if it is thick enough "pick up milk," "dog to vet on wednesday," "check weather forcast," etc


but really though, i don't know which would show more dirt, but i know that light colored liners will start to get a yellowish tint over time b/c of uv rays. darker colors are supposed to be better and last longer. the color actually had nothing to do w/ my decision. herculiner is readily available in black and if i ever need to touch an area up i won't need to special order a quart of the matching color.
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Updated pics w/ interior back in.



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Looks good!
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looks great but i would still put the carpet back in
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looks great but i would still put the carpet back in
I'll put it back in, probably around November when I put my doors back on. They've been off since March and moldy carpet isn't real inviting.
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I'll put it back in, probably around November when I put my doors back on. They've been off since March and moldy carpet isn't real inviting.
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Just rolled the Herculiner on this weekend and am already loving it. Yhe only down fall is the terrible smell that will linger around a while.. See the pics below. I also did the fender flares. Hope you like them.
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I had not even thought of that, picture look real good. it does look like a lot of prep work but the end results look so worth it i'm doing a lot of new mods next month. thanks for a new idea.
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I'm not so sure about those flares....won't they crack if the flares flex or hit anything?

Plus side if anyone comes too close you will give their paint a good scratching.
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I had not even thought of that, picture look real good. it does look like a lot of prep work but the end results look so worth it i'm doing a lot of new mods next month. thanks for a new idea.
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actually the quality of the end result depends almost entirely on the prep work. the prep took me the most time. if you don't prep it right it will look like crap and the liner won't last. the interior has to be free of any debris and you should wipe it down with a solvent to promote adhesion.
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promote adhesion.
Proper adhesion is the key. ^_^
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How did you do the lip where the top is, just tape underneath it and paint slow n steady with brush?
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I know this one just got bumped back up, but these look great. I'm looking to do this soon.
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How did you do the lip where the top is, just tape underneath it and paint slow n steady with brush?
i didn't do the lip on mine, but if i were going to do it i would tape news paper under the lip just in case of a glob or drip.
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How did you do the lip where the top is, just tape underneath it and paint slow n steady with brush?
I taped below it and then just rolled it on like the rest of the tub.

(my pic's above in post #14)

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