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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.
This is after stripping everything out and just washing with a wet towel:
After sanding and taping:
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.