This project all started because I had my bikini top over night and it rained heavily. Came out to my Jeep and there was 4 inches of standing water in the tub. Needless to say I had to remove all the carpet and let them dry. To my dismay as I was pulling the front carpets I noticed a considerable amount of surface rut on the floorboards. So begins the planning of the process of researching tub lining. After a lot of research for DIY tub lining Herculiner seemed to have a respectable reputation. Now to buy the supplies until Dec 31st of 2010 Herculiner is offering a $20 mail in rebate. I purchased a gallon kit for $79.99 and I am waiting on the $20 rebate making it basically $60.
So the long process of stripping the interior begins. I removed the roll bar, the dash, center console, seats, and all trim inside the tub.
After removing everything from the interior it is time to rough up the paint and remove said surface rust from the floorboards. It is important for good adhesion to scuff the paint as much as possible. When you think you are done keep scuffing.
If you notice there are three shade in this picture far right is good scuffing of the paint using a drill attached paint/rust remover made by 3M. The middle is using only a scouring pad or a scotch bright pad. On the left is un-scuffed.
Now to remove the rust. I used the drill attached paint/rust stripper and sand paper to get rid of all the rust. It takes a bit of time to get it all out but the peace of mind was worth it to me.
To me it was important to remove all the rust I want to protect my investment. Some people have used the rust reformer to basically neutralize the rust but being schooled, not professional auto body guy I chose to remove it.
After scuffing all the paint and removing all rust from the floor boards it was time to prime all the bare metal.
Let the primer dry for recommended time then you need to lightly sand the primed areas to allow for good adhesion. Be careful not to sand through the primer or you will have to prime over the bare spots again.
Wipe down everything that is to be lined with some sort of paint prep solution. I believe that Herculiner recommends using xylene and a few others. Now that everything is wiped down and cleaned you are ready to start rolling on the bed-liner. I put all the bolts back into appropriate holes to keep the bed-liner from coating the threads. I taped the threads on the bolt itself so that it wouldn't coat the bolt as well. Read the instructions for whatever type of bed-liner you are using. I did roll it on in the areas that weren't too tight of spots. For the tight spots I used a paint brush but not making stroke motion, instead i dabbed it on to keep the texture consistent. Make sure you give yourself enough time to let the bed liner dry. I put a second coat on 2 days after I rolled the first coat on. After everything was back in I told a friend of mine who is a car dealer manager he was very skeptical I could tell. He asked to see it, took him out to my Jeep and he was thoroughly impressed and said it looked like it had been sprayed on.
Since I already had the interior panels ripped out I figured I may as well paint the dirty old tan interior. I was fortunate enough to manage a restaurant so I asked the owner if I could use the sink area to prep all the interior pieces and panels. I used mild soap and hot water for a solvent. To scrub it all I used a scouring pad or a scotch bright pad. Being able to use a big sink and a sprayer saved me a lot of time. I then dried all the panels by hand and let them sit for around 3 days before painting. After the dry time I was ready to paint the panels. Before painting I took a clean towel and used paint thinner to wipe each piece down before painting. Allowing the thinner to dry for 30 minutes I began painting. I used a paint called duplicolor vinyl and fabric paint. I chose to go with flat black and red accents. I didn't take before pictures of the interior because I didn't realize I was going to paint it until after I removed it all. After all was said and done I spent $80 on the Herculiner, $60 on the vinyl paint, $40 on seat covers and around $30 on prep supplies. So for around $210 $190 after rebate and 30 hours of labor, I was able to bed-line the tub and completely change the interior of my Jeep. The following pictures are of the finished product. Hopefully this can help some of the forum members here if you have any ?'s let me know.
And yes I am a Husker fan raised in Nebraska and we don't have any professional sports team so it's kinda a given to be a fan here.