I know the Herculiner topic comes up often as far as how-to's...but I'm wondering if any of you guys (or if you guys know someone) who has re-applied Herculiner over an existing Herculined floor?
The story is my interior is out of my YJ because I planned on stripping it and doing it the RIGHT way, because the previous owner was an idiot and didn't prep. the floor. However I was involved in a rear-end collission and can't invest the time physically to strip the floor. So what I'm thinking is...
About 75% of the floor is in good standing condition, however he missed a bunch of spots and did a sloppy job. I don't understand why...but whatever; and there are some problem areas where he should have prepped better with some minor rust.
I'm thinking/wondering - I want to remove the Herculiner in the two small problem areas where I can tell there is some minor rust, wash the floor with a de-greaser, and then just purchase another gallon (or more), and essentially re-apply Herculiner over my existing Herculiner. I'm thinking if I go heavy enough it will still bond to the existing Herculiner, and save me the work of stripping it.
Has anyone done it before? I KNOW the right way to do it is to strip the floor completely but like I said, I just physically can't do it...the Jeep sees light off roading and is really only used during the Summer at this point. It's pretty much my fishing mobile. Gets me through the trails and that's it, so it's not like it'll be seeing mud every time it goes out.
I have done it, in fact i did the bed of my truck over 1 month with 3 layers. a few small coats with enough time to properly dry is better than one thick coat. be sure to rough up the surface in the problem areas before you apply
Originally Posted by jmathis3
lots of hair pulling, tool throwing, beer drinking, swearing, and eventualy it will start. haha good luck.
Cool. Basically I'm trying to "touch up" his (bad) application of the Herculiner. I plan on roughing up the painted areas of the floor (like under the dash and on the roll bars) where he missed, and completely stripping and sanding the small problem rust areas that I see. I will definitely re-apply in small coats as per the directions on the can...I'll just have to do more coats in the untouched areas to make it "match" the rest of the floor.
I figure this is worth posting too for anyone thinking about doing it...I just checked on AutoZone's website to see how much it is for a 1GAL kit and if my local store has it...they are offering a $20 mail in rebate and it's 89.99...so it's only $70 after the mail in rebate for the gallon...I'll probably go ahead and buy it tomorrow...not a bad deal. Maybe I'll post up some before/after pictures too.
The herc website has instructions for surface prep, and they mention re-coating an existing herc surface.
Here is a good cosmetic tip: if you have just a spot that needs touchup (like a crack, seam, joint, etc), get a tube of "Blackjack roof sealant" at the Lowes or HD. It costs less than 2 bucks a tube (applies with a caulk gun), matches the herc perfect, and cleans up easier when you are done. It sets up and is waterproof in about 12 hours.
418 miles on 19 gallons of gas. Can't beat the BBD !