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Herculined My Bed Today

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by ttran, Jan 15, 2011.

  1. Jan 15, 2011 at 8:05 PM
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    ttran

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    So I bought my truck about a week ago and the previous owner lost the drop in bedliner and as a result the bed started rusting. I was originally planning to get it line x'ed but money played a big factor in my decision to herculine it. Due to the cold weather, I could only get one coat on today but I plan on doing at least 3 coats. Pics below.

    Materials Used:
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    - Bondo
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    - Easy Painters kit from Home Depot which included two paint rollers and a pan
    - Herculiner Bed Lining Kit
    - Rustoleum Undercoating + Rubber Spray Can
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    - Lots of time!

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    Here's the bed as I got it.

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    Discovered this bout 1 inch in diameter hole after removal the plastic liner on the tailgate.

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    Found some more holes on the tailgate after removing the plastic liner.

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    Began Sanding and Taping off around the bed rails

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    Finished Sanding! = Worse part of this project

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    After spraying the bed with the rustoleum undercoating/truck coating

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    You can never be too safe when it comes to painting.

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    The Stuff!

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    What happens when weather isn't on your side and you have to paint inside your garage. (Friend)

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    It was dark in the garage so I couldn't get a good picture. This is how it looks after one coat.

    I chose to put the plastic liner back on the tailgate so it'll be more capable in taking beatings and I use the tailgate alot to work off of.
     
  2. Jan 15, 2011 at 8:46 PM
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    :thumbsup: looks good man! Buy a respirator.
     
  3. Jan 15, 2011 at 8:47 PM
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    looks good dude. i did the same thing to mine about a year ago and probly time to put another coat on it because of usage, this stuff will hold up great if you prep it right looks like you did a good job
     
  4. Jan 16, 2011 at 6:20 AM
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    Didn't the Herculiner kit come with rollers & scuff pad? I Herculined my 96 about 10 years ago.

    We used a orbital sander to get the flat spots (makes it go much faster). Also - disposable shoes, disposable clothes.... disposable pans & brushes. This shit does not come off and hurts your skin (DO NOT SCRUB is off your skin when trying to wash it off!!!)

    The stuff isn't that thick even after 3 coats. It's NOT like those professionall installed stuff. If you haul a lot of stuff, it will scratch off (especially rubbing heavy objects across it). The good thing is....you can easily do - touchups with no prepping at all. Just paint it overtop the scratches. After about 3-4 years of being exposed to the elements....the black part (non rubberized spots) also gets thin.
    I had a tonneau cover on.... but the stuff that I painted over the rails wore off down to the paint after about 4 years. I had to repaint. Not a big deal and still WELL worth it (IMO).
     
  5. Jan 16, 2011 at 8:06 AM
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    looks good bud. jans right though about the thickness,the pros put er on there 1/4''-3/8'' thick,even after 3 coats you still would be around 1/8''-3/16'' thick. thats ok though you can always touchup any scratches. after i did mine,i just put my drop in right in over top of it.
     
  6. Jan 16, 2011 at 10:30 AM
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    yea it may peel off after awhile but you can get the quart size and use that to touch up certain spots. its alot better when trying to put a atv in than with the plastic bed liner
     
  7. Jan 16, 2011 at 11:05 AM
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    ^thats actually one of the reasons i put my drop in back in over top of it,i found i was scratching the hell out of it getting my quad in.
     
  8. Feb 26, 2011 at 9:01 AM
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    I'm planning on doing this once summer gets here, but I've got a few questions.

    First of all, what is herculiner like after it dries? Is it a rubber-like texture or is it a hard, traction-tape like texture?

    Why did you use the Rustoleum products for? In what order did you apply the 3 different products?

    Any of you know how herculiner compares with Hippo-liner? I searched the forum and it didn't find anything at all about the hippo product.
     
  9. Feb 26, 2011 at 9:05 AM
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    It's really hard and rough once it's dries. I used the rustoleum products because they were cheap and didn't see a reason why I shouldn't do it. Might as well haha. I believe I applied the rubber undercoating first then the truck bed coating after. Then I brushed the herculiner on.
     
  10. Feb 26, 2011 at 9:07 AM
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    Also I suggest buying sandpaper, the scruff pad that comes with the kit is crap
     
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    Ok, so the herculiner dries hard, so it's not going to keep things from sliding around in the back? I wonder if applying the herculiner first and then a coat or two of the rubberized spray would give a better non-slip bed?
     
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    Looks good. :)
     
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    High as a kite...
     
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    looks good bro!
     
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    Thanks all!
     
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    what did you get bondo for?
     
  17. Feb 26, 2011 at 7:39 PM
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    To patch up a hole on the right bed rail it should be in one of the pics, and to also patch up like 5 holes in the tailgate which is also in one of the pics I believe
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  18. Feb 26, 2011 at 7:46 PM
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    I did this on Ford when I had it. Stuff is a mess and if you get it on your skin it wont come off for AT LEAST two weeks. No exaggeration. Stuff is absolutely awesome. Rough as hell and nothing slides around. I've spilt gas and everything imagineable in the bed and it doesn't do anything. Just make sure you throw A TON of coats on there. You can't do too much. I went thru 1 and a half of the big cans that it comes in and everything lasted great thru the 95 degree and hotter summers we have here. I never sprayed the bed with anything though? Just wet sanded and applied... Great stuff if you got the time.
     
  19. Feb 26, 2011 at 7:48 PM
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    What you see above is only like 3/4ths of one big can of it LOL so I got like barely any on there
     
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    You got any pics in sun w/o tape? Looks good!
     
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