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Old 11-13-2013, 10:25 AM   #1
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Best Tub Liner, IYO

So I've been wanting to, for a long time now, apply a bed-liner product to the inside of my TJ. I finally ripped out the carpet this past weekend and I'm debating on which way to go. There are many products out there that will do the job for a DIY project but there's also some professional routes I could take, the most notable being Rhino-lining, which can be expensive. Any advice is better than what I've got now. Also, I'm not familiar with applying a bed liner because I've never done it before, is it going to be super easy or ridiculously hard? I'll only probably be able to spend at most a weekend to get it done.

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Old 11-13-2013, 10:31 AM   #2
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I just did my tub in Monstaliner. Came out great and is easy to apply. I did it in one day because I was rushed to get it all done. So a weekend should be more than enough time if you work hard. If I ever do it again, I'll definitely go with Monstaliner again.

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Old 11-13-2013, 10:44 AM   #3
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I hear good things about UPOL Raptor liner and Monstaliner. However, nothing DIY will compare to a commercially applied liner. That being said I have seen some really good looking DIY jobs. The devil is in the details and prepping and masking up the tub will require a good deal of work (about 10:1 compared to actually applying the liner).
All things considered I'm going to bite the bullet and shell out the cash for a LineX in mine.
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For those that have done this.. did you sand out every little piece of surface rust? or just cover it up with liner?
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Old 11-13-2013, 01:13 PM   #5
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I used herculiner to do my tub. It worked great. To prep I used a palm sander and just went to town trying to hit every place I could. I purchased the liner from autozone. It was $89. It comes in a kit with everything you need. Rollers, fiber sanding pad, and a one gallon can of product.

Prep is the biggest part of the install. The pad is great for getting into where the sander couldn't reach. It turned out great
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Didn't have rust in my tub so I can't say. But I think monstaliner has a paint specifically for covering rust before lining the tub.

And one thing to say about herculiner, it isn't UV stable. So after a year or two or maybe three of sitting in the sun, it will begin to break down and leave crumbs of rubber in the tub.
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Monstaliner here too. They provide some Chassis Saver paint for those rust areas (or where you sand down too far ). Yes, the prep work takes a while, but I LOVE how it came out, did it myself, and it wasn't that hard. Taking your time, following each step, and thinking out how you want to apply it (pattern) makes things quite easy. Did mine in a couple of days taking my time, then let it sit in my garage for a week to really cure well. I have another vehicle I can use so that wasn't a problem.

I have a thread documenting what I did. The prep steps are pretty much the same regardless of liner you use (or if it is done by you or a pro).

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/new-...ner-49355.html
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I did my jk in monstaliner on the inside. Worked great. Not abrasive at all. Can sit in direfjct sunlight all day and it stays coool (and the center console still burns me!). Dog claws dont hurt it. Nothing hurts it....except it takes about a week to fully cure, and i got in a rush and put my seats in sooner and scraped a spot of it. So downtime sucks.

Mine had a little bit of rust. But the monstaliner basically just went over it and is fine. You dont really need to use chassis saver under it if its just a little. Read the directions...and theyre available online.

You do not need chassis saver where you sand down too far either.

And they didnt give me any chassis saver either...
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I did my jk in monstaliner on the inside. Worked great. Not abrasive at all. Can sit in direfjct sunlight all day and it stays coool (and the center console still burns me!). Dog claws dont hurt it. Nothing hurts it....except it takes about a week to fully cure, and i got in a rush and put my seats in sooner and scraped a spot of it. So downtime sucks. Mine had a little bit of rust. But the monstaliner basically just went over it and is fine. You dont really need to use chassis saver under it if its just a little. Read the directions...and theyre available online. You do not need chassis saver where you sand down too far either. And they didnt give me any chassis saver either...
I went with BedTred. I'm happy with it but it was a little pricey.
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I put herculiner in my old yj. It came out great, however it was very rough, I wouldn't want to imagine scraping a knee or arm on it. I'm actually in the process of prepping my tj for bed liner. Still on the edge but I think I'm going to go with monstaliner this time around. Still might consider herculiner, but I might buy a different roller and not use the one that comes in the kit because I feel like that caused it to come out much more sharp than it should have.
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I think the best would be having it professionally done with Line-X.

I did my tub in Monstaliner and there isn't anything wrong with it. It is nice because if you can touch up places that you may have missed (I swapped my old drain plugs for rubber ones after I lined it so I needed to touch up those areas). Overall it has been great. However, I think it is a little slippery so if the floors are a little dirty and I don't have a floor mat in, I find that my feet slip around quite a bit which is annoying.

Around the same time I had my truck bed done with Line-X. It seems sturdier (probably because it is so much thicker), but also there is no slipping and I prefer the way it looks/feels. I have no complaints with Monstaliner, but if I were to do it again, I would spring for the extra few hundred bucks and have it sprayed with Line-X.
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Monstaliner here too. They provide some Chassis Saver paint for those rust areas (or where you sand down too far ). Yes, the prep work takes a while, but I LOVE how it came out, did it myself, and it wasn't that hard. Taking your time, following each step, and thinking out how you want to apply it (pattern) makes things quite easy. Did mine in a couple of days taking my time, then let it sit in my garage for a week to really cure well. I have another vehicle I can use so that wasn't a problem.

I have a thread documenting what I did. The prep steps are pretty much the same regardless of liner you use (or if it is done by you or a pro).

http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/new-...ner-49355.html
I read your write up. I think I'm going to do exactly what you did. Also, I noticed your tail lights are very nice an un-obtrusive like the stocks. Are they completely inset or do they stick out from the body a little?
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When I do mine, I'm going Line-X. I've compared other bedliners, and IMO they're the best. And since my TJ is my daily driver, I want something nice.
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I went with Monstaliner and have not been disappointed with it.
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Old 11-13-2013, 05:49 PM   #15
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I put herculiner in my old yj. It came out great, however it was very rough, I wouldn't want to imagine scraping a knee or arm on it. I'm actually in the process of prepping my tj for bed liner. Still on the edge but I think I'm going to go with monstaliner this time around. Still might consider herculiner, but I might buy a different roller and not use the one that comes in the kit because I feel like that caused it to come out much more sharp than it should have.
Herculiner is rough because of the small bits of rubber in it. So even if you use a less aggressive roller, it'll probably still be rough.

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When I do mine, I'm going Line-X. I've compared other bedliners, and IMO they're the best. And since my TJ is my daily driver, I want something nice.
Seriously, look into monstaliner. Unless you just don't want to do the work, it seriously is very, very nice and perfect for a DD. It isn't abrasive but still has traction. And I bet you'll save hundreds by going with a DIY.
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Herculiner is rough because of the small bits of rubber in it. So even if you use a less aggressive roller, it'll probably still be rough.



Seriously, look into monstaliner. Unless you just don't want to do the work, it seriously is very, very nice and perfect for a DD. It isn't abrasive but still has traction. And I bet you'll save hundreds by going with a DIY.
Like I said, I've compared them, and like the Line-X better. IME, it's tougher, and looks better, but more expensive. It's worth it though.

I had my factory fenders bedlined by Line-X.
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That's fine. As long as you've actually compared them. I'm sure the Line-X is real nice stuff.
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For diy raptor liner is hands down the best. For a pro job Line-X cant be beat. Ive sprayed hundreds of floor pans, truck beds, etc with raptor liner. Tough durable and looks great, however it is nothing like line x
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I used Rustoleum spray in bl in mine and my son's TJs. Removed the interiors, scuffed, and sprayed 3 coats. $50 each in material. Works plenty good enough for us. Our jeeps play in the rocks not carry them home, got a PU truck for that.
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I read your write up. I think I'm going to do exactly what you did. Also, I noticed your tail lights are very nice an un-obtrusive like the stocks. Are they completely inset or do they stick out from the body a little?
The tail lights that you see there in inset into the tub, I just Got done doing the same to my tj and love the way it looks here's a photo of it an if you like to know how it's done, it's easy to do an I tell you every thing you will need to do it

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I used Rustoleum spray in bl in mine and my son's TJs. Removed the interiors, scuffed, and sprayed 3 coats. $50 each in material. Works plenty good enough for us. Our jeeps play in the rocks not carry them home, got a PU truck for that.
And how does it holdup in your tub and such? And did you sand a lot, hit it with primer? Or just 3 coats of the spray Bedliner?
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And how does it holdup in your tub and such? And did you sand a lot, hit it with primer? Or just 3 coats of the spray Bedliner?
So far it's held up great. We used a palm sander to scuff the paint then wiped with alcohol. The only time we use primer is on bare metal, for that we use self etching primer. As you seen on my son's thread his whole TJ is bed lined and has held up great. If you read my build thread in my sig you will see bed liner is used quite a bit on my TJ.
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Monstaliner! Did it in a weekend and I hate and suck at painting! But it looks awesome. just follow the directions. I live in Florida and it cures super quick in Florida's lovely humidity.... Videos on their site and other write ups on here helped a ton.

Plus the company provides all the tools you need in a kit on their website. For $300 I got 2 gallons, got it shipped, and even bought extra sanders/rollers. I was able to line my entire LJ with 2 coats (over the lip) and had plenty left over. So the 1 can kit should be more then enough for any TJ. Holds up beautifully to just about any beating and my big dogs.

Plus they have a slew of colors!
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I read your write up. I think I'm going to do exactly what you did. Also, I noticed your tail lights are very nice an un-obtrusive like the stocks. Are they completely inset or do they stick out from the body a little?
They sit pretty much flush with the body. There is that black grommet so it sticks out may 1/4" or so, but essentially flat.
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Happy with the Herculiner I used... light sand on the tub and right over. Stuff is tough as nails.
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So there's like 15 threads on here about herculiner. So gonna ask here. Better to roll on or spray it on? I think roll on would allow me to apply it thicker in areas such as foot wells and lesser in less needed areas such as under seats. But what's better

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