Episode 4 - LizardSkin Insulation
In our search for something that would improve the cab quality as well as protect the interior against corrosion and rust, there were several items to consider. Do we just pull the factory carpet and simply replace it with a thicker carpet? We could, however while that may reduce some of the road noise. We still would have to care for the carpet when it gets wet, to avoid the funky mildew smell, and we would also have to pull and vacuum it out to get dirt and debris from on and under it. We can pull the carpet and replace with all rubber mats. This would help with cleaning but does not address rust, noise level and heat. We could remove the carpet all together and roll on some "bedliner" which would protect against rust and corrosion, however again it would not reduce the noise level and heat coming from the floorboards.
The LizardSkin product came up by chance when I was attending an auto auction and noticed that several of the higher quality restomods had the LizardSkin Sound Control and Ceramic Insulation applied to the interior. So, I had to checked out their website and found that this was exactly what I was looking to do for the interior of the Jeep! I just found the perfect way to reduce overall road noise and a way to reduce the heat coming up from the transmission tunnel and all the floorboards and body of the Jeep. A quieter and cooler ride indeed!
The following are the LizardSkin items that were used for this application
The LizardSkin Sound Control and Ceramic Insulation are sold in 2 gallon containers and we used just over 3 gallons of each product. We had also used about 5 cans of the topcoat. We did remove the entire interior and applied the product to everything, including the tailgate. Depending on what model Jeep you have and exactly what you want to cover, your coverage area may vary. LizardSkin has a coverage estimator here that you can plug in your estimated coverage are to get the amount of product you will need
In addition to having some great friends to help you out, you'll also need the following tools and materials.
Having fellow Jeep owners along to help you out is invaluable! Not only will it cut down in the total amount of time required to do the work, great conversations can be had and stories while out on the trail during the install are always great. As you can see in the video there was some difficulties getting the doors off as they had never been off of the Jeep before from the previous owner. I would suggest allowing you and your crew the good part of the 1st day for the complete removal of the interior and the preparation of the Jeep. If you take the time to do it right from the start, once you start peeling away the tape and removing the covered areas it will be a much easier process and eliminate any potential issues (i.e. overspary, etc). Each layer of product will require between 24-36 hours to cure in between sprays, depending on the temperature and humidity levels, so allow yourself enough time that you will be without your Jeep.
Additional information on the LizardSkin product can be found on their website
If there are any questions, please feel free to post them up in our Forum
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