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Old 05-14-2013, 01:17 PM   #1
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Homemade trunk, best covering?

Going to build my own trunk enclosure from wood. I would prefer not to use carpet as it holds dirt and dog hair. I would like to spray on a coating but not sure what to use. I was originally thinking bed liner but I don't want a rough surface. I would like to have something very durable but not scratch up anything I set on top of it.. Any recommendations?


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Old 05-14-2013, 01:22 PM   #2
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If you insist on creating something out of wood and don't want to cover it with carpet then I say embrace that its wood and stain it with a nice oil based sealant and run it like that. I think it will look unique and serve the same purpose without the headache of trying to find something to cover it.

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Old 05-14-2013, 01:28 PM   #3
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I've done a couple speaker boxes and stained them. They looked good.. For a discrete look, though, stain it the same color as your interior. That would look nice.. Black interior, a nice deep ebony stain..
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I'm about to tackle the same project. Let me know when you have some measurements. I'm thinking right behind the front seats in my 2 door (rear seat long gone). I'd like to be able to open and reach in from the driver and passenger side and utilize the space just below the seats in the rear but still be able to recline - maybe 2 openings on top. It's a lot I know but since I'm starting from scratch, I can make it any way I want. Plus it has to lock and be bolted down, right?
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I used one sheet of three-quarter inch plywood, I anchored all the sides to the bottom, With liquid nails and wood screws. Then used corner brackets to give it even more support when I'm bouncing around offroad.

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ID:	249122. I use turnbuckles anchored to the rear seat brackets To hold it in place. They provide opposing forces and work very well. It also provides a very quick removal, if you have wrenches. I used lock nuts to lock the buckles in place, That way they don't vibrate loose And it also prevents someone from just loosing up the buckles and taking the whole box out.

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I treated it with Thompson's Water Seal, Only bad thing is they wanted to Cure for 45 days, before you paint it.

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After I let it cure, I used bedliner, So it would not scratch up. And the exterior would be more durable when I start throwing crap on top of it! The bedliner is not real rough but it does provide antiskid properties. I also wanted it blacked out so if somebody looked inside they could not see it. It locks up and the only way you can get to the lock is if you open the tailgate.

I went to salvage yard and got the hood Rod off an old CJ To hold the cover of the box up when I need to get into it. I mounted a battery-operated LED to the cover inside So I can see what I'm looking at inside the box.

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Around the inside of the box I mounted these angle Brackets that have holes and slots in them. I can zip tie stuff to those brackets that I don't want sliding around, Or things that I need and want quick access too. I also have a thin piece of plywood that fits on top of that bracket that acts like a false floor.
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:52 PM   #6
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I used a product called Rocker Guard (spray can) everywhere except the inside. Black Rocker Guard | Canadian Tire

Its waterproof, not at textured as beliners, way tuffer then plastidip. here's a few pics:
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I covered mine with outdoor carpet and carpet adhesive from Lowes...
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Old 05-15-2013, 11:03 AM   #8
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I covered mine with outdoor carpet and carpet adhesive from Lowes...
That looks very pretty I bet if it was any longer you could be mistaken as an undertaker... Sorry just some noon hour fun, looks good man!
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That looks very pretty I bet if it was any longer you could be mistaken as an undertaker... Sorry just some noon hour fun, looks good man!
There's probably a business for driving old jeepers to their final "off-road" trip
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There's probably a business for driving old jeepers to their final "off-road" trip
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