I have been pretty busy working on my YJ lately (which means a lot of research on JeepForum). I have found a lot of great write-ups and figure I would attempt to give back by developing another write-up on using Herculiner inside a Jeep tub.
First I should say that I only Herculined from just behind the front seats forward, stopping where the floor raises up to the bed of the Jeep. I used a whole quart of Herculiner and I'm pretty content with the outcome. The following is a list of items that I used to complete this job:
1 Qt of Herculiner ($25-$30; Menards is cheapest; 2 Qts if you plan on doing the whole inside of your tub)
I apologize in advance for how I am going to be posting this write-up with pictures. For some reason, If I use my Mac have not figured out how to add pics,but if I use my JeepForum Application on my phone I can add pictures. So I will be adding text with my computer followed by replies with pictures from my iPhone. If anybody can assist me improve this unconventional method, then please let me know.
I painted the whole tub last fall with hammered finish, but virtually every weather strip is bad in the jeep, so water got under the floor mats and caused havoc. That is the reason I decided not to paint the back because it still looks pretty good. I'm posting pics of the back for reference for anyone who's interested in rustoleum hammered finish.
Do this very well to ensure that floor is very clean.
(Side Note: I forgot that I put POR-15 on the floor pans to help reduce rust. The Herculiner did stick to it well. I just roughed up the POR-15 after it dried with a scotch brite pad and repeated steps 2-5.)
Tape off any areas that you don't want to paint to give you a nice clean edge.
I forgot to add that all bolt holes need to be covered with tape before painting. For the seat bolt holes and drain plugs, I covered them up with tape and used a razor to cut the excess away so the tape just covered the holes. For all other small holes, I bunched up some tape and stuff them down in the holes.
Stir for ever.
At least five minutes.
Apply liberally, using small brush stokes and "pats."
Remove all tape before Herculiner dries. It's a big pain if you wait to long.
Let dry for the night.
Take some pictures.
Last edited by southworth; 06-23-2011 at 01:05 AM..
Reason: Covering Bolt Holes
Let the Herculiner dry before putting seats back in.
Bolt down your stuff. (It helps to place nuts and bolts in separate sandwich baggies and label them so you know exactly what goes where.)
Well, Here it is. Thanks for checking out this thread. I will be posting more pseudo write-ups on other modifications. I am hoping to get a membership soon with JeepForum so that I can be more active. If anyone would like to help me out with the membership cost, I would be extremely grateful. Just think of it as a birthday gift!
I have done this also to an old Land Cruiser and would not do it again. The Herculiner did not stand up to wear and tear at all. It would just crumble and chip if I put anything in the back that wasnít soft. I was surprised at how fragile the "bed liner" was.
It also does nothing for noise and heat dissipation if that matters to anyone. The floor in the Cruiser would get so hot (even though a heavy rubber mat) that my feet were constantly sweating after about 30 minutes into a drive. My wife would sit Indian style because of it and wasnít too happy about taking any trips in the rig.
There are better products out there but maybe none cheaper and easier to do. Next time I do it, I will probably use a good, textured paint or spray on version that isnít so rough on the skin or use something that is designed for heat insulation. You lose skin with the Herculiner if you arn't careful so not all that kid friendly.