Jeep Grill Herculiner Project
something happened during a ride that got me to thinking about Herculiner
for my grill. After getting myself stuck to the point were I had to
call in reinforcements, my rescue team showed up with only a cheap
strap with hooks on both ends. I found out quickly why you don't ever
alone, and never, never use
straps with hooks. I know well not to do both, but stupidity was ruling
A nice big dinger in the grill. That didn't bother me at all, I was
happy that the hook stopped there and didn't get into the A/C unit.
Prep is the key to success. First thing
I did was remove the swaybar
trim cover and headlight bezels, and start masking the stuff that I
didn't want to get the Herculiner on.
The instructions say to use a
3M scrub pad or 80 grit
with Xylene to scuff and clean the finish prior to applying the
Herculiner. None of my local hardware stores carry Xylene or Xylene
substitutes which are Xylol, Tolulol, or Tolulene. I didn't think I
would need to thin the Herculiner, so I really didn't need the Xylol
that. I ended up using lacquer thinner to wash the surface after
scuffing it up. Nobody carries 80 grit sandpaper around here either so
100 grit would have to do.
I tried the red 3M scuff pad first. It did
okay for a light scuff and gets into the round corners very well.
scuffing it and washing it down with the lacquer thinner, I found
that there was still a lot of the gloss left. The instructions are
clear about not applying over any kind of gloss finish, so I broke out
the 100 grit sandpaper and that really did the job. After knocking off
gloss finish, I spent some extra time cleaning the rust out of the ding
in the grill.
I washed everything again twice and hit
any raw steel spots with rattle
can primer. Once everything was clean and dry, I used a 2" paint brush
to apply the first coat. This is cool stuff. It covers great. It looks
like watery black paint with sand in it. As it goes on the rubber
starts to clump together and gives its unique texture.
The instructions say to wait
1-2 hours or until it is no longer tacky
before applying the second coat. It did take 2 hours until it was tack
free. I applied the second coat with a mini-roller. This keeps it from
getting brush lines and helps keep the texture consistent. It took less
than 5 minutes to roll on the second coat.
The photo to the left is the damaged
area after applying the second coat of Herculiner. You can barely see
happy with the results.
a very simple project. I spent maybe 30-45
minutes sanding and
cleaning. The first coat painted on in 15 minutes and the second rolled
coat only took five minutes. My only disappointment was with the
itself. I bought a quart size container. I have opened about a zillion
cans of paint before this one and kinda know how to do it properly, but
the can's lid was impossible to remove so that it could go back on and
to save the leftover half of the quart. I didn't have anything to
pour the leftovers into, so $15 worth of it went bad. Their lid is
paper thin and it tore before it came off. I'll be better prepared next
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