I want to line my tj's interior but I'm unsure which route to take. Obviously there is a big difference in price and if I screw something up its my fault. Other than that is herculine that much worse? How much sanding is involved? Are there any tools i need that i may not have?
The X will win on quality, durablity and color holdout. The herc cost a lot less. General tools to remove seats ect. Either way that will save doing the dis and reassembly your self. Both will do the job. I have not done Herc but Ive done Durabak and it held up for 10+ years. A good clean and sand with 80 grit will get you ready. Figure the seat removal and prep will take about 1 day to do a good job. Another 4-6 to line it.
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The Line-X will be better at everything obviously, thicker, non fading (if you get UV topcoat) tougher. We line-xed trucks that had been herculined and it was such a pain removing old gross looking herculiner. I would rather leave my bed/tub the way it is than put that tar in my bed. It looks terrible and doesn't even protect well. I would never put a DIY liner in after seeing them. The only thing about Line-X is $900 is tough to swallow to line the inside of your Jeep. That's the only reason i haven't done mine.
I've used Herculiner before. Took me a while to figure out it didn't save me that much money after I calculated the cost and man hours it took to repair it. Wish I went Rhino Lining or Line X from the get-go!
I just recently Herculined my interior of my XJ, and thus being said i think for the money, it can't be beat. If your in a tight pinch and trying to save money. Heruliner will do the job. I had applied mine over a span of 3 days and i have 5 coats on her. Took me just over a gallon. Went mudding, and has so far been holding up great. Texture is rough but im assuming it will wear with use. If you have the money by all means Line-X or Rhino it man, but if your looking to save some money; Herculiner won't do you wrong.
As for prep work. I spent about 2-3 Hours sanding with 80 grit with an orbital sander.. I roughed it up pretty good. I may have went overboard but I also didn't hit every single spot. Wiped everything down with degreaser and just jumped right in. Herculiner is some tough stuff ill give them that. Im thinking about Herculining the underbody now just by how strong this stuff is. If you don't mind the labor and saving some $$$. Herculine it. If you got the money to spend, go the other route.
I Herculined my interior this past summer. Prep is everything and should not be skimped on. I spent 5 hours roughly hand sanding, then followed up with tack cloth and finally wiped down with MEK. Like previous people have said, this is at least a 2-3 day job.
Also check out Monstaliner in the Vendor Fourm section, I think it is a much better alternative to Herc. I just recently finished my interior and engine compartment and am very pleased with how it turned out. Check out my build thread.
1987 YJ, 258, Weber 32/36, HEI, Custom Sound bar, Hardtop/Sun-rider/bikini tops, 2" Lift, 1/2" Boomerangs, 1" Body & MM Lift. 32x11.5x15 Copper STT's on Black Rock 950 Lobos w/4" backspacing, Still need Front Bumper and Seats.
My build thread: [url]http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/my-very-slow-87-yj-build-thread-1137667/[/url]
I used "shake and shoot" on the interior of my cj7 and had the paint shop tint it to match my exterior paint. Texture is similar to line-x and it has held up well. I have line-x in my pickup and it is definetely tougher but i am glad i went this route in the jeep