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It is going to be topless season here in Montana in a couple of months and I was wanting some long term comments on liners, like herculiner.Does anyone have any long term comments on herculiner or other do it yourself liners. I can have a local shop spray my jeep .25" thick Rhino for $250, if I do all the prep work. I just thought that I should get some long term feedback about the do it yourself liners and possibly avoid paying out the nose.
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/wwwthreads_images/icons/tongue.gif We are about to do the same thing, Lee....and we want to use Durabak. Preparation is everything, and luckily for us, we can do this now, top AND bottom, when our Jeep is pretty much an open pan, no interior at all, no drivetrain, and nothin' under the dash. Do you need a bracket to mount that big York on your 304? Ozarkjeep knows where there is a setup in a salvage yard. Lee, when you first start that Big York, be sure you have a good grip on the steering wheel lest you get sucked under the hood./wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif

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I used Durabak about 7 months ago. It still looks great, no tears or peeling either. I spent many hours on prep and I think that is the key to a good installation. If you have to do all the prep for the RhinoLiner you are doing all the work. Get some Durabak or Herculiner and do it yourself save $150 and buy something else for your jeep.

Tom

85 CJ7-4.2L,T-176,D300,2.5"lift,32"BFG MT,Durabak,York-Air,HEI
 
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With my herculiner, dust and mud is a problem. The textured surface holds everything and gets dirty quickly. However, I can just hose it out and it looks brand new. I have no problems with peelng or gouges. I believe that Rhino is a little smoother, wich would catch less dirt. I am very happy with my Herc, but wish it were smoother.
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I'm happy with my Rhinolined tub after almost a year. My Jeepin partner has Herculiner which is more non-skid. It's hard for him to clean. The rhinoliner cleans up and shines real easy. I did the prep on mine and a local shop Rhinolined it for $175.
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I Used the Herc. last fall and have been very happy with it. I wish it were a little smoother... but, if you thin it when you start I believe you will get a good finish. It does collect dust but you can just spray it out. I was taking my full cage parts to have them welded together today and one slipped. It went sharp end first into the tub.Thought for sure it had scrapped a large chunck out of the floor but to my suprise it didn't even penatrate the surface.

Good luck
Steve

 
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what is involved in prep work? For starters i am doing a yj tub to a cj so it is a bare tub. I was just planning on takink a scotch brite pad and dulling the surface of the paint and making sure it is clean of dust before i roll the herculiner on? Is that good enough? if not what i want it right the first time! Also if i wanted the finsh to be a little smoother what do u use to thin the herculiner with?
thanks in advance!

 
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I just did the bedliner on my YJ to CJ tub swap in Nov. I am very happy with it . I did sandblast the inside of the tub first. After that I used POR 15 . When that was tacky, I brushed along the edges then rolled the remainder. I got 2 coats. Be sure to cover every inch of your skin or you will be wearing the liner for days.

 
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I have my Dodge Ram 4x4 Rhino-lined and it is really great - I highly recommend it. On a further note, they want $450 here to do a Jeep, and they'll only knock $25 if I prep it! I got the impression that they just hate doing Jeeps. So I haven't done it yet, not sure my hard-core Jeep is worthy... But for $250, I would get it done this weekend! Oh no, wait - I'm going to Tellico this weekend :)

Chuck Hadley
 
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I have the Durabak....very happy with it...one piece of advice however....Remove the heater duct and anything else you can on the inside firewall. It will make it a lot easier to apply to that area....and looks better.

John......southern CA
84CJ7, 3"lift, 32"BFG, 4.10's, ARB Locker, Solid Axle's, Durabak
 
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The scotch-brite idea is a good one to give the liner something to hold on to. Once you get it scuffed up wipe the entire surface down with some xylene to clean it completely and remove any residue which would repel the liner.

 

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I too have the Herculiner, and I agree that it is a little rough and holds dirt/dust pretty good, but it seems to be fairly strong. Overall, i like it, and the price is right.
I did make an interesting discovery this weekend...
Under EXTREME heat conditions (a cutting torch applying heat to the opposite side of the tub) the Herculiner on the inside in the small area around the heat just "melted" right off. It just kinda flaked off, but all the Herculiner around it stayed intact.
I realize that a cutting torch is much hotter than anything in a Jeep gets, but i wouldn't put it next to any headers or exhaust manifolds.
Just my opinion...

Dan 84 CJ-7,Weber,HEI. 95 ZJ,V8. http://netnow.micron.net/~wdohrn/
 
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It's a Dupont product. They offer it in smaller rattle cans that are ready to spray (~$7 ea. 16oz?) or you can get a gallon kit (roller, tray, etc) for $40 - $50. I've read that this system is enough to cover an 8' pickup bed, but it's a fairly thin (compared to the Rhino or Lava liners) covering. But you can make it as thick as you want with more coats. The Rhino and Lava liners have several coats to gain the 1/4" thickness. I believe that 2 coats of Durabak are a little less than 1/8". This Dupont would probably take 3 coats to get to the 1/8" thickness. The guy I talked to said that one of these gallon kits should be enough to put 3 coats down in my CJ-5. I haven't applied it yet, but I bought a rattle can of it to apply to my inner fender wells to see how sticky it is when it dries. The biggest drawback is that if you don't like black, don't buy it because that's the only color it comes in... Hope this helps...

'56 CJ-5, 283, t-90/d18, 27/44, 2.5"(soon), 33's(soon), cage.
 
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