I started prepping the tub of the Jeep so I can roll on the Monstaliner this weekend and I have a question (well, just one for now!). How does the latch for the rear cargo cover come off? I spent about 20 minutes messing with it and couldn't figure it out so instead of breaking it, I thought it was better to move on to something else and ask here if anyone's done it.
I also finished scraping the sound deadener stuff off the floor boards (see pics for the after). That was a bit of work, but I'm glad I did. I think it will work much better. Now I'm working on the goop Jeep puts over the seams. My plan is to just fill the gaps with liner.
I hope to tackle the same project soon so some notes and pics would be much appreciated. I've read some other write ups and it seems to be that the first layer will look bad but the second and third layers will really come out nice. Also the vertical surfaces can be tricky since it's so thick and runs slow so be sure not to apply too much at once. Good luck!!!
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Well I'm glad someone's responding to this thread!
As for the truck bed, I think I actually used Herculiner, but it was a long time ago so I can't be sure. It held up pretty well under moderate use, but faded pretty bad after a couple of years. It wasn't an issue though as I just resprayed it with the spray on kind and it was as good as new.
This is my first time using Monstaliner, but I picked it based off the reviews online and in the various forums.
I did it the hard way. I used a hammer and chisel. Most folks recommended an air hammer chisel which would have worked much better. After I chiseled most of it off, I soaked it with water (used my garden hose set to "mist") and just scraped off the remaining goo with the chisel by itself. It comes off pretty easy after it gets wet, but you have to get through the painted layer first. I finished it up with a sander.
Are you going to take the seats out or just leave the area under them unlined?
Seats are out...if you ever have to remove your front seats, you'll need a good 6pt socket and a good breaker bar. Actually, only two of the 8 bolts gave me a fit, but when I started I found out I was missing my 18mm 6pt socket so I was trying to use a 12pt with an adapter. That doesn't work!
No you have to prep the surface before painting. Once everything is removed, you have to clean to floor, then wipe it down with MEK to remove any wax or residue. After that you have to sand the painted areas to remove the gloss so the liner has something to stick to. Once you've scuffed the surface area, you then re-wipe with MEK to get the last of the sanding dust off and then you're ready to tape and paint. That took the most time, plus I was pretty worried about getting that right because I really want this liner to last.
All told, I think it took us about 5-6 hours to sand it down and tape.
There's no primer. The liner comes in a gallon can with a quart of catalyst. You have to mix the two then we poured some in paint trays and used the supplied rollers from the kit. Extra paint brushes were a must because of all the nooks and crannies the roller couldn't get to. We ended up having to buy a few extra brushes for the second coat.
Did you mix the entire can at the same time? The directions say to but i do not want to ruin the whole batch by mixing too much at one time
Yep, we mixed it all at once. We just followed the instructions and poured a little onto the paint trays at a time and closed the can back up. There was a thin film on top of the can when we reopened it for the second coat, but I think we didn't close the can tight enough when we left for breakfast. We were in a bit of a hurry to eat since we'd been painting all morning.
I really love this look. Toss some black rubber slush matts or liners over it and you're done.
I've always said "when my carpets get skunky" . . . but now I don't know if I'll be able to wait that long.
I know what you mean. I was going to wait a few years, but when my wife and daughter decided on taking a trip to see her folks...I decided the time was right. I totally love it. Looks, ease of cleaning, and best of all; not having to pull wet carpet ever again.
Looks great. I love how you did the door sills too.
Thanks! I almost talked myself out of doing the sills, but after sleeping on it changed my mind. I'm glad I did. My daughter had already started to scratch the sills climbing in and out so I figured the Jeep could use the extra protection!
I'm on the verge of pulling the trigger and tackling this job on my own '97 Wrangler.
I like that Monstaliner has that orange peel effect, rather than the Hurculiner "cut your knees" texture. I want something that I can crawl around on or rest my elbows on without pain, if I need to work on something inside the vehicle.
I'm seeing others using Monstaliner and so far there seems to be no complaints.
Were you able to complete the job of your entire Jeep with only 1 gallon? I was thinking that I might purchase 2 and do at least 3-4 coats. Like my eating habits, I always think more is better (but like my eating, I may be wrong about using extra Monstaliner). I'm also getting tired of pulling carpet sections.
Thanks Mattd. I used the one gallon kit and we had about one full paint tray of liner left over after we finished. We used that for touching up spots we missed and I hit up the heavily trafficked areas with a little extra as well. I think 2 coats was plenty thick, but that's just my thoughts. I'll let you know after a year or so to see how it holds up. So far, 2 coats seems to be enough.
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