Where to begin.
I am trying to get a lot of initial thoughts out quick so this may be a lengthy read. Apologize in advance. Scroll to the bottom for the TLDR
Underlined sentences will highlight where I deviated from everyone who has ever done a Raptor Liner's instructions.
Act I: Pre-spray
I show up to my neighbors shop. Take a quick wire wheel to two bare spots that I see a little rust in. One of them could have used some puddy or epoxy but too late for that now. I hit those spots with some Self Etching Primer and begin wiping down the tub. It has been sitting in this shop for over a month an has about an inch of dust all over it.
My neighbor sends in a tech to assist me as I asked him to. The tech brings over the line to the compressor and hooks up a blow gun to it, sprays the jeep out. I rather liked this idea to me wiping every square inch an umpteenth time.
We do not know the PSI. For what ever reason he could not find a read out on the compressor, and the little gun that came with the kit doesn't have a read out on it either. Lets just say, its blasting out some serious pressure.
I begin to wipe parts down with acetone but I'd be lying if I said I got every part of the jeep.
I have wiped every part of that jeep at least 5x with Acetone through out the past weeks. We prep the first bottle of Raptor Liner and hook up the overpowered gun.
Act II: The First Bottle
I commence spraying on the tailgate. My initial three rows knock out some of the paper I had placed in the bolt holes. I definitely think this is too much PSI. I pull the gun back a bit, spraying from about 30" away. This seems to work nicely.
I looked to the tech for advice as I have never used a compressor to paint anything before. He says "just have at it". I do, and its rather simple. I start coating the entire jeep. I debated doing 1 bottle or maybe 2 bottles of Raptor in just the front as others have. However, the Tech and I thought "lets just spray everything 4x".
At the time, I thought why not. I got a light dusting over everything in about 3 minutes.
Act III: The Second Bottle
We got just about the whole tub in the first bottle. Originally I had intended on waiting at least 40 minutes before the second coat. The tech had already prepped the next bottle for me so I went ahead and loaded her up. I waited about 10 minutes before the second coat
I sprayed everything again, this time covering all the little gaps I missed. I got under the foot wells quite good. Behind the pedals was the toughest part.
Act IV: The Third Bottle
We waited a good 20 to 30 minutes before applying a third coat. I was happy for this as everything was just a bit tacky, but not that wet. The third bottle was spent primarily on the foot wells. I still could not get behind the pedals. The bottle was just to big and bulky to do it. The Tech took the third bottle from me and sprayed a bit all over. He looked like a pro, I guess he wanted me to feel like I did the jeep. Thats why he watched the first two bottles.
Act V: Wrapping Up
Yup No 4th Bottle
. I really wanted to but I felt bad for one. I didn't want to keep the tech there as strictly an observer. Not to mention the entire tub looked good and covered after the second bottle. I have no clue where I would have sprayed the bulk of the 4th!
We took all the tape off (I hope I got it all). Pulled all the plugs. Pushed the Jeep back into the garage to dry.
- I will be letting this thing cure for at least 6 days. The temperature outside was around 60 degrees. The box suggest 2-3 days I'm going to double it for safe measure.
- Thinking of buying a compressor from harbor freight just to use that final bottle, set it up for 60 PSI and spray a top coat.
-Does anyone think that the reason I was able to cover the whole tub in one bottle was due to the high PSI of the compressor? I was hoping the reason everyone else got only half done with two bottles would be due to the low PSI.
-Didn't acetone everything
-Used what I am assuming is a really high PSI (although I've never worked with compressor)
-Only waited about 10 minutes between coats, if that. The wait between coat 2 and 3 however was around 25min.
-Didn't use all 4 bottles
Still came out looking
great! The only thing I worry about is will it hold up.
Some things to note are that this jeep is not a daily driver
. It is only used on weekends. It is not going mudding every weekend, mostly a mall crawler
. I do have all weather rubber floor mats
for the front foot wells. I had planned only to use them in winter but may use them to preserve this lining now.
Finally ... Pics
. Sorry no before pics, Samsung was kind enough to delete all of those for me.
I hope all of my miscues don't come back to show a hack job and just peel up at every turn. I know plenty of people have said they've been in and out in less than three hours and thats what I did pretty much.
The Foot Wells look darker than the bulk of the tub because I hit them hard and often. I wanted them to be the heaviest coat.
What do ya think? Did I just waste $109 and a few months of jeepless winter?