Durabak is GREAT!!!
Oh My God - I can Post to the board again! I haven't been able to for weeks! Weird... Anyway - I just did the tub of my CJ-7 with Durabak and it is GREAT! I was extremely anal about the prep, and it seems to have paid off because the adhesion is probably better than any other paint I have ever used. The only problem is that I put it on really thick with a brush, and a gallon didn't even come close, so I'm in for 2 gallons now but think it's well worth it.
My truck is Rhino-lined, and I think that's why I was putting this stuff on so thick. I got one whole brushed first coat out of a gallon, and a second coat on the front footwells, tailgate, and rear bed floor and then was out. I may never have the cage out again, so I bit the bullet and got another gallon and plan a good thick second coat on everything, and then maybe a third on the rear floor and foortwells. This first coat was near impossible to get the rubber particles to have a nice even texture, but the second coat is PERFECT! It turned out WAY better than I ever expected, and I am very happy. Also, the guys at Cote-L are great to deal with - I highly recommend the product! I also highly recommend 2 gallons and a very thick application with a brush...
I tried the little stipple rollers that came with it and that sucked. They pull the stuff up into little sharp mountains, and I just thought that was not going to cut it and that those little peaks would be prone to wearing off. So, I brushed the first coat, but per their directions, more like "applied" it with the brush rather than brushing it out. This still left the whole first coat with a very uneven surface in regards to the rubber particles - some areas had alot and some had nearly none, and I WAS mixing it with the paint stirrer on the drill like every 5 minutes. It took me 2/3 of a gallon to do the entire inner tub, floor and walls and firewall, plus the tailgate and trans cover with one coat.
So then I'm thinking, "Well, that's about right with paint, the second coat should go farther because usually the first coat gets soaked up, etc..." Wrong! With Durabak, you're applying the first coat to a smooth surface, but the second coat to a rough surface - just the exact opposite of most other painting projects, so the 1/3 gallon that I had left only did a second coat on the tailgate and bed floor, and then I just put the little bit that was left on the front foot areas and figured that's going to have to do.
The problem is that the areas with 2 coats look so great I couldn't stand it! I kept making Janie come out to the garage to look at it... Whereas the first coat is blotchy as far as the rubber particles goes, the second coat is a totally uniform, thick, professional looking job. Also, on the second coat, it really went on thick and smoothed out all of the patch panels welds so that it's like the patches are not even there - BIG plus!
So after brooding over the areas that were one coat for a week, I just broke down and ordered a second gallon and plan to second coat everything and then start on a third coat for the floors until it is all gone. Based on what I've seen, I think that 2 gallons is going to give me the nice thick coat I need on the whole tub with damn little left over.
I got into all this thick coat trouble because of the Rhino liner like I said, but they wanted $450 to do the Jeep, and I'm in this for $230 and am happy - the Jeep tub was just not worthy of a $450 liner... And - I think the thick coat with Durabak is the real key to a great job.
Rarely does something wildly exceed my expectations like this - I just wanted to share the fun. Get Durabak and apply it thick with a big brush, stirring often. I used the grey on my Dark Green Jeep, and it makes that "trail bomb" look brand new! :-) Happy Holidays! - Chuck