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Old 08-27-2010, 05:39 AM   #1
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Herculining the Jeep - need input please ;)

Ok so started pulling carpets and bought the herculiner, acetone, painters tap and a years supply of rubber gloves

Pulled the front carpets last night

So to those who have herculined their rigs -

1. The front floor boards have a rough surface to them - is that something to take a grinder to, or do folks just herculine right over it?

2. Any tips for removing the rear seat belts?

3. The cover for the rear storage is covered in carpet - it *looks* like it is glued to the door that covers the well. I have seen a bunch of pics of herculined jeeps. So does that rug come off or are people cobbling up a replacement door out of sheet metal?

I can't wait to take long road trips knowing I don't have to find a nice clean gas station restroom

Any help is appreciated, looking to do this over the weekend and yes, pictures

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Old 08-27-2010, 05:55 AM   #2
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Post pics of your jeep when u finish. I was thinking about doing the same thing .

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Old 08-27-2010, 06:03 AM   #3
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It *looks* like the hard part is going to be stripping the thing out, and being without a vehicle for a weekend especially a rain free 80 degree weekend. I was thinking of roughening my paint with a scrubby on a cordless drill versus the scotch pad they supply. In any event the one thing people harp on is the prep - got to do it right. The application supposedly is easy - I bought an extra quart to do 3 possibly 4 coats ... I imagine it can only look more consistent with 3+ coats not to mention more durable. So we will see - I'm just figuring the little things out as I sit here on the train. The rear belts, rear tool well cover .... I'm not a big fan of hindsight when I can take a little time to do the research first. In fact I may do the whole thing and leave the drivers side front for last, so I have a rig, and then just do that section last .... Bueller? Bueller?
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I dont have a JK so I cant help you with those specific questions. What I can say is, dont be afraid to lay it on semi thick. When I started the rear section I was afraid to lay too thick of a layer because I didnt want it to take too long to dry. Well, once I got the hang of it, I was working on the front part of the Jeep and the rear was visibly thinner than the front. It evened out, for the most part, on the second coat. I wish I had bought more so I could have done a third coat. It came out great, but I bet it could have come out... greater (?) And, the side walls above the rear wheels and around the roll bars applied SO much easier with the brush.

BTW I also used a cordless drill to start scuffing up the paint, but its rpms were way too low, so I moved to a corded drill and that sped up the process. Plus you dont have to wait to recharge the drill when you drain the battery.

Good luck

*edit* BTW I started my TJ at about 8 in the morning and was done by 6pm. Put the driver's seat in the next morning and slowly pieced it back together. The best part is you can do any rewiring then, cause theres nothing in the way. I reran my rear lights, cb antenna, installed a painless fuse box and other stuff.
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Old 08-27-2010, 07:02 AM   #5
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Whatdid you use with your drill to scuff the surface? just getting some ideas
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Old 08-27-2010, 07:09 AM   #6
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I went to Lowe's and bought a wire wheel brush (?). Not sure what it's called, but its not one that goes on an angle grinder, its more cone shaped I guess and was like 4 dollars.

Looked like this.

DeWalt DW4904 6" Crimped Wire Wheel 1/2" Arbor 3/4" Wide

I think I got that idea from a post on here. A freakin belt sander would have been great, lol. Its more of a surface area issue for me, it took what felt like forever with that drill. Honestly it was probably about 2 hours max worth of sanding/grinding it off. I didnt go down to bare metal, I just scuffed enough to get the glossy stuff off. Grab a Snickers, cause its gonna be a while.
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Old 08-27-2010, 09:21 AM   #7
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Haven't done my JK (YET), but I did this to my DJ..

1. The front floor boards have a rough surface to them - is that something to take a grinder to, or do folks just herculine right over it?

DO NOT grind that off! it's dampening material to keep your pans from "bonging" like an empty jerry can I'm not sure what you could do about the ugliness of it... maybe run a few extra coats and try to level it off with the herc some...

2. Any tips for removing the rear seat belts?

big *** cheater bar?

3. The cover for the rear storage is covered in carpet - it *looks* like it is glued to the door that covers the well. I have seen a bunch of pics of herculined jeeps. So does that rug come off or are people cobbling up a replacement door out of sheet metal?

That thing feels really cheap to me... I'll probably replace it with diamond plate (cause I love aluminum diamond plate)

On my DJ I just poured it straight from the can and rolled it out... it made it go pretty easy and fast the more you keep rolling over it, the more texture you get.
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Old 08-27-2010, 10:23 AM   #8
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i did a write up last year after i herculined my tub. hopefully i did a good job and it will answer some of your questions .

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Old 08-27-2010, 10:57 AM   #9
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JGANO it was actually your writeup that got me thinking about all this originally - I'm taking time to do it right. Bought the kit last night, and an extra quart for 3-4 coats, along with acetone, rags, tape, gloves and all the other stuff needed.

Roof and doors are off (they always are anyway it seems). Removed front carpets, and loosened the bolts on both front seats for the weekend.

The only thing I DONT know what I'm doing with yet is the cover over the rear storage unit - I like having that storage there for keeper straps, goves and my winch remote, but not sure what to do with the door over it.

I could go diamond plate I guess, but then how to secure it without rattles -

I don't know what is the best bet for a JK

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