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Old 08-22-2010, 07:31 AM   #1
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wet interior :(

Ok so call me stupid but I listened to that idiot on channel 10 that said no rail until Sunday afternoon, well, I woke up at 6 am this morning to 3" or water in the Jeep, so I yanked the front carpet, and pulled the plugs, didn't pull the rear carpet, but pulled the plugs, the carpet is soaked, seat covers are soaked, and water is everywhere.
My question is what am I gonna have to replace? I know I have to wipe it all down, but its never been this wet before, from rain anyway

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Oh man, that bites that you had all your carpet in!

We've stripped ours and just try to have them rain-ready. No carpet, as little fabric as possible and drain plugs are permanently removed.

You should be fine, try to get it parked in a sunny spot if at all possible and good luck Ken!

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Next step isto herculine it, then you'll never have to worry. As for everything else just do like andreafahy said and park it in a sunny spot, it'll be dry in no time with no damage. I cant brag on herculiner enough i did it and LOVE IT!!! Had the same thing happen to me after I did and no prob, there was on a little water under the seat, once i got moving it all went to the drains.
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just kidding. Relax this isn't stupid, this is Jeep (or maybe one in the same)If y

Mine gets rained in all the time (actually its raining right now), and you really should be fine. The seats and carpet (very thin compared to most cars) are designed to get wet. All you need to do is towel them up and if you have a wet vac (shop vac) pull out the filter and then hose em out. Or, do what I do up at school and take it to a car wash and use their vaccums (make sure its designed for water).

If you do experience any electrical problems, don't freak, give it a few days to dry up and you should be good to go. What I've experienced is intermittent turn signals and my airbag light once came on.

For the summer, I always recommend pulling the carpet (and then MonsterLining it). Easy access to your drain plugs and it looks badass.
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It will depend a little where you are from. I live in the West and there is no humidity. I just pull the plugs and park it in the sun and it takes care of itself. The only problem I have found is the silver heat reflective material on the passenger side. That will never dry or at least mine didn't. I just ripped it out and left the carpet.If you are really concerned because you are in a humid place you can always lift the carpet up and use a box fan.
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The first time I went trail riding I ended up sitting in a hole with water up to the bottom door hinges. Long story short, pulled the plugs, enjoyed the rest of the ride, took it home yanked the carpet, rinsed the mud out of the carpet, let it dry for a couple of days. I only reinstalled the front carpet mainly to reduce the heat coming from the tranny. One day I will line it and go carpet free.
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Thanks guys, I'll pull the rest of the carpet when it stops raining, the front was easy but the back is a little harder cause I gotta remove the center consul first. If the heat shield never dries, then I'll remove that from the carpet before I reinstall it, unless I just leave the carpet out altogether and use rubber floor mats, which is exactly what I did with my old Chevy (76 ) pickup, hurculiner sounds like a good idea cause when I pulled the front carpet I found the corrosion from the last owner getting it wet, so its gonna be grinder and wire wheel time before I do anything to the floor pans.

As for the Waaahmbulance comment.......you should have seen me at 5 am this morning would have needed the entire waahmbulance squad. I was outside in the jammies, no coffee, raining on my head, then I sat in the nice squishy seat....oh yea I was mad.
I like the idea of the box fan too, might try that tomorrow since NOW the weather idiot says its gonna rain all day. But if I look outside right now I can almost see the tropical rain forest starting to form on the plastic windows when the tree frog moves around


Edit: I'm think and thinking , and the more I think the more I like the remove and toss the carpet and hurculine the whole thing
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You don't have to remove the center console to remove the rear carpet. The carpet in the back should slide towards the rear from under the console. On mine it was difficult but with some patience it will slide out. I thought I was going to tear the carpet getting mine out but it eventually gave it up and slid out.
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You don't have to remove the center console to remove the rear carpet. The carpet in the back should slide towards the rear from under the console. On mine it was difficult but with some patience it will slide out. I thought I was going to tear the carpet getting mine out but it eventually gave it up and slid out.

Oh Really? thanks man that will save me a hellofa lot of headache, that only leaves me the rear carpet behind the rear seat which is easier for me to get out than keep in place LOL. I'm gonna go out and do it all now, thanks again man.
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Good point, it's been so long since we removed the JK carpet and my YJ never had any - I totally forgot about how the carpet came out in sections without having to remove anything else. I was certain I would have to remove seats/console or cut the carpet; I finally gave it all a good hard tug and it comes right out from beneath the edge of everything.
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This has happened to me at least 3 times so far this summer.Carpet is a non-issue,and I have Rhinoliner all inside the tub.It's Africa hot and humid in the mid-south where I live.My solution is to leave the top down,doors off,and park in the sun.After a full day of this,it's dry again!I also leave the drain plugs out,so when it rains,the water just runs out.When possible,such as last night,when a sudden thunderstorm popped up,I just throw a tarp over the Jeep and strap it on with bungee straps.It takes too long to erect the top and zip the windows in,remove the Harley mirrors and put the doors back on,and I have found this to be a great temporary solution!
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Only serious problem I've had with rain is when it gets in the steering column. Had to get the clock spring replaced when this happened about 10 years ago. Had the windows out but the top on a couple weeks ago. Go a couple inches of rain in the tub, pulled one drain pug behind driver seat, propped the back carpet up a couple inches with a wrench, took 4-5 days for carpet to dry out good.
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Only serious problem I've had with rain is when it gets in the steering column. Had to get the clock spring replaced when this happened about 10 years ago.
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Yea so do I take the spring out and toss it. Ain't like ya need a lock nowdays anyway




I finished taking out the carpet, its all out now, and on the back porch drying out, I might put it back in I might not depends on how she looks after the liner gets painted in. I gotta go now, clouds are starting to come back over and I hear thunder, I'll be damned if I let half a days work get wet again LOL see yall later
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Find my monstaliner thread on here. It is a roll on treatment but isn't as harsh a feel as sprayed herculiner (it feels like sandpaper to me). I'm VERY happy I pulled the carpet!

I don't worry about rain getting on the floor, but I'll keep a cover over it just so my dash and electronics don't get soaked.



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dude bring it to good ol tx, heat index 110 today, everything will be dry in about 5 mins
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dude bring it to good ol tx, heat index 110 today, everything will be dry in about 5 mins
lol this happened to me last week... 3.5 inches of standing water... pulled the carpets.. pulled the plugs... carpet was sitting in the sun for 45 minutes and was completely dry lol.
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yea man it is hotttttt, cant even go topless or doorless in this heat
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yea man it is hotttttt, cant even go topless or doorless in this heat
I'm in Florida so it's not that horrible.. heat index is about 105ish at the moment.. but I'm going topless... trick is to keep moving man.. could be 120.. if you're moving you're fine :P
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agreed, but when you have a gf that gets PO'd because of the heat you really cant go topless, unlessssss i tell her my soft top was stolen bam problem solved


erick that monstaliner job is awesome
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agreed, but when you have a gf that gets PO'd because of the heat you really cant go topless, unlessssss i tell her my soft top was stolen bam problem solved


erick that monstaliner job is awesome
Give her an ultimatum... jeep goes topless or she goes topless
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My TJ still has the original carpet in and it's been an inch deep in water several times. Leave the top off, leave it out in the sun and it'll dry right up if your drain plugs are out. I leave my plugs out all the time. It's a Jeep, not a Cadillac. It's built to get wet.
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truckerz, I agree with you, but when I pulled mine out knowing I was lining it, the mud, dirt, crap, etc I saw was really gross. I didn't need that stuff to breathe in. The mud was going to rot the carpet. With it lined, it is easier to clean up. Hose it out. Dry if so inclined. Done.
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Well guys I ended up with two quart cans of whats called Rain erosion coating Found them out in the shed, it looks like flat black paint, but as long as I don't take the jeep up to 5000feet spinning at 1100 rpm this stuff WILL stay forever
I know it works cause when I was in the Navy we used it on leading edges of rotor blades and some aircraft wings
Only bad part is it has to be brushed in instead or sprayed, because its really really thick stuff.
Either way I am throwing the old mold smelling carpet away in the thrash can. I'll get some wire covers from the auto parts store for the wires that used to be hidden
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Well guys I ended up with two quart cans of whats called Rain erosion coating Found them out in the shed, it looks like flat black paint, but as long as I don't take the jeep up to 5000feet spinning at 1100 rpm this stuff WILL stay forever
I know it works cause when I was in the Navy we used it on leading edges of rotor blades and some aircraft wings
Only bad part is it has to be brushed in instead or sprayed, because its really really thick stuff.
Either way I am throwing the old mold smelling carpet away in the thrash can. I'll get some wire covers from the auto parts store for the wires that used to be hidden
you know pics are mandatory right?
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You know your gonna have to wait till tomorrow

just remember I'm doing this with a paint brush, so yea there are brush marks
I would have started spraying it, but this stuff will clog up anything, besides, brushing it on gets it on thicker
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Ok here ya go, wip pictures
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And the reason I haven't done anything but the rear yet

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Gotta take a wire wheel to the floor pans first then prime the bare metal before the rain erosion will stick
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Ok today it wasn't raining, so I yanked the front seats and the console, got a fresh paint brush stirred the coating and painted everything up to the beginning of the roll bar padding went to the front, and painter everything as far up under the dash as I could get and everything I could get a 2" brush into, and everything on the hump except the little silver computer box and the hump cover, cleaned everything out while it was apart too, got the console back in this evening, but I'll get the last of the pics tomorrow and put em up so yall can laugh at me
Oh and I did find out that I lost a floor plug, anybody know where I can get one at?
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Ok shes all done, here's the last of the pics before I put the seats back in, I'm open for comments and being joked for brushing it if yall wanna.

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Front drivers, excuse the dust I had to move it out of the front yard



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