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brrempel 08-15-2006 01:18 PM

Herculined The Jeep (pictures) - 10 Years Later
UPDATED 7/1/14

*************New pics at the end of this post*************

After reading various forums and doing a lot of research I decided I wanted to Herculine my Jeep. The carpets were getting wet almost daily and starting to stink so I had to do something.

I read a lot of posts from people that did all of the work in one weekend. Needless to say I am nowhere near that motivated so I gave myself a week. I mostly did all of the work in the evenings after my day job. A couple of nights to take everything out and clean, a couple of nights to sand and an evening to tape it off. I sprayed it all in about half a day.

I ended up spraying five coats, all fairly thin, and waited an hour between coats. I used almost all of a gallon of Herc (90% of it). I found that doing multiple light coats allowed me to see places I was missing and hit them before it was too late. I'm sure someone that knows how to do this would have used fewer coats, but I'd never done anything like this before. This was actually the first time I've used an air compressed tool, the spray gun.

I got the Herc at Checker Auto for $79, the spray gun off of Ebay for $22, and Zelene, rags, plastic drop cloth, tape and a couple other things I'm sure I'm forgetting at a paint supply store for about $25.

Total cost was about $130.

Total time (not counting the hours between coats) from start to finish (everything back in the Jeep) was about 12-14 hours.

I'm very happy with the results. Whenever I buy another Jeep or a truck, this will be the first project I do to them. Jeep should consider offering this as a "no rug" option in my opinion.
Thanks to all the guys that did this before me. Without you posting your adventures on some message board somewhere, I would never have considered doing this myself.

The pictures!

This is after stripping everything out and just washing with a wet towel:

After sanding and taping:

After spraying:


Ten years later. Bikini top 6 months out of the year, lots of sun, rain, mud and even some snow. In these pictures it hasen't been cleaned in 8 months. I only clean it once a year every October when I put the full top back on. Presure wash inside and out.

bradleyfitz 08-15-2006 01:43 PM

Nice job, looks awesome!

jzmtl 08-15-2006 01:49 PM

Noto self, get a compressor and gun for next time, looks much better than my rolled on with their cheap *** roller. :D

AustinJeep 08-15-2006 02:21 PM

Wow, looks a lot better than I was expecting!

And coming from someone who tapes up vehicles for a living (I restore classic cars) your tape job looks pretty good. It's all about the prep work

Saubaer 08-15-2006 03:09 PM

Well done..! :thumbsup:

Divinitous 08-15-2006 03:36 PM

Looks like it turned out real nice.

Giviner 08-15-2006 03:43 PM

Very nicely done! I am planning on doing this in the future and if mine turns out half as good I'll be happy! :thumbsup:

brrempel 08-15-2006 03:46 PM

Someone asked some good questions in a PM and I thought I'd post the answers here as well.

I used a gun just like this one and a bottle just like this one. I used a 10 gal. compressor and set the pressure at the compressor to 45 psi. The compressor spent more time off then on.

fried_gold 08-15-2006 03:50 PM


Originally Posted by brrempel
I used a gun just like this one and a bottle just like this one. ...

Does it say what the diameter of the nozzle is for the gun?

benbrewbeer 08-15-2006 04:31 PM

how is it holding up?

brrempel 08-15-2006 04:34 PM


Originally Posted by fried_gold
Does it say what the diameter of the nozzle is for the gun?

Not on mine, but its fat, it's got an opening as wide as a soda straw. The Herc kind of "spurts" out of it as opposed to the fine mist you would see with paint. If you fill your mouth with water and smash your cheeks, that's about how the Herc comes out of the gun, in a "spurt".

brrempel 08-15-2006 04:37 PM


Originally Posted by benbrewbeer
how is it holding up?

Over the last two days? Great, couldn't be happier.

J33ptj97! 08-15-2006 05:19 PM


Originally Posted by Jeepguy81
Very nicely done! I am planning on doing this in the future and if mine turns out half as good I'll be happy! :thumbsup:

Same here! Awesome job...

Dogman 08-15-2006 06:31 PM

So you just filled the bottle up? Is the bottle good for a coat or do you have to fill it more than once per coat?

Good job :thumbsup:

Grewe02 08-15-2006 06:39 PM

i'll buy all your supplies from you :D how much for the gun and anything else left over?

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