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!

Installation Notes:

     Products Used

The following are the LizardSkin items that were used for this application

  • LizardSkin Sound Control - Link
  • LizardSkin Ceramic Insulation - Link
  • LizardSkin SuperPro Application Kit - Link
  • LizardSkin Topcoat - Link

 

     Reference

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

 

     Tools/Items Used

In addition to having some great friends to help you out, you'll also need the following tools and materials.

  • Torx Bit Set -  These will be used for removing the hardtop (T40), doors (T50), seatbelt (T40), tailgate latch (T30) and the center console (T30). I highly suggest removing the top and doors to make the process much easier. You can get a full set of Torx Bit Socket Set here
  • 18 mm Socket - This will be used to remove the factory seat bolts from the floor of the Jeep. If you do not already have a socket set, this is a complete 3/8" drive set here
  • 10mm Socket - This will be used to remove the factory compression nut from the battery terminal so you can remove the cable (before you remove any of the interior items from the Jeep). An inexpensive set can be purchased here
  • Trim Removal Tool - You will need this to make it easy in popping out the plastic christmas tree plugs that are used to hold down the interior plastic trim molding. Here is an example of the tool here
  • Air Compressor - The compressor will need to be capable of 4-5 CFM and 50-70 PSI at the trigger (working air pressure, not tank pressure). I would also suggest that it have an air regulator. An example of a model capable can be viewed here
  • Wire Brush or other type of scuffing material - As you can see in the video, we used 2 drills with wire brushes attachments. This made the work much easier than using a sanding block. You can find these at any hardware store
  • Latex Gloves
  • Dust Mask - depending on the ventilation in the area you are working, you can use a mask like this or this. Be safe and make sure you have proper ventilation at all times.
  • Safety Glasses - Regular glasses or sun glasses do not cut it! Be safe and make sure you protect your eyes.
  • Bucket (this will be used for holding water to clean off the mixer and spray gun after each product being applied). The "Homer" bucket from Home Depot or the Lowes equivalent is a perfect size.
  • Aluminum Foil - As you had seen in the video, this was used to fill in the floorboard nuts. You'll need to do this to protect any material from getting into the threads
  • Automotive Tape - This is used for taping out the sections of the Jeep that you do NOT want sprayed
  • Plastic drop cloth - You'll want to pick up a good amount of plastic drop cloth. This is not the hard plastic cover, this is a thinner material that will allow you to tape on and cover up anything that you do not want sprayed. As you can see in the video we taped out and placed the plastic wrap around the whole exterior of the Jeep as well as cover the interior dash.
  • Tarp, cardboard, plastic, etc. - This will be used as a general covering for anything. Put the cans of the product that you are pouring out on the cardboard because the material will run down the sides. You tarps to cover the group around the Jeep
  • Clothesline/String - This will be used to tie up and hold the wiring off the floor and out of the way for spraying
  • Towels/Rags, etc.

 

     Suggestions/Gotchas

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

 

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