I showed up at Superior Linings with the bare
essentials: roll bar, seat, seat belt.
The tub was quickly stripped. Even after a
thorough washing the night before, this was only
the start of the preparation process.
Steve applies a solvent to remove any grease or
Darin continues the laborious task of cleaning
the surface while Steve begins masking.
Once the nooks & crannies were cleaned and
sanded rough, Darin roughed up the larger areas
with an air grinder.
Bare metal was sprayed with Tremclad as an added
precaution against corrosion. You can see the
rolled-up masking plugs inserted in the roll bar
mounting holes. These will be pulled out (with
great difficulty) after the Rhino Liner has been
Darin preps the tailgate which will also be
Once the was Jeep fully prepped, it was rolled
into the spray booth. A sheet was draped over
the hood just in case of overspray.
Once Steve started spraying, he had to keep moving quickly.
Rhino Liner sets extremely fast.
Here you can see the liner right after Steve finished
spraying. You can also see the masking tapes plugs which
are now coated with the liner.
As soon as Steve finished spraying, he pulled the trim wire around
the tailgate which left this very clean edge on the liner.
The time-consuming process of removing the plugs and clearing
The finished product.
This sure beats that ratty old carpet I had. Best of all,
it requires no maintenance ever again. Just hose it out
whenever it gets dirty.
Project YJ Gets Rhino Lined
I've been thinking about Rhino Lining my Jeep for a long
time and I finally got it done last week. Now I wish I
hadn't waited so long. It's fantastic stuff! What's Rhino
Lining, you ask? It's a rubber-like coating that can be
sprayed onto almost any surface. Its most common use is in
pickup truck beds but it's also becoming very popular for
4x4 interiors, such as my Jeep's.
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Cement & Fertilizer
Sand & Salt
Okay, now that you know what it is, you're probably
wondering why I wanted it done. The main reason is because
I'm lazy. That's right, lazy. I hate cleaning out the
dirt, leaves, bugs, bark, dog hair and everything else that
accumulates in my Jeep. Trying to separate these things
from my carpet was nearly impossible and I spent several
dollars at a time whenever I resorted to using one of the
heavy-duty vacuums at the car wash. I could have installed
rubber mats but they trap water and dirt between them and
the sheet metal, promoting corrosion. With Rhino Lining, I
get the benefits of rubber mats without the drawbacks.
Rhino Liner forms an airtight, rustproof seal against the
sheet metal. Other benefits include protection from dents
(Rhino Liner can be sprayed up to any thickness), an
anti-skid surface which is great for toolboxes and pets, and
high resistance to oil and solvents.
With Rhino Liner, I can load anything from greasy auto parts
to firewood to shedding dogs without shuddering at the
thought of clean-up afterwards. To clean out the Jeep I
just pull the drain plugs and hose it out. These benefits
apply to pickup trucks as well. You get a super durable
liner, which doesn't crack, distort, or bang around like the
plastic inserts. Rhino Liner also protects the metal from
corrosion unlike the inserts, which actually rub paint off.
Getting Rhino Liner applied to my Jeep wasn't a simple
process but like most valuable things, the effort was well
worth it. Prior to delivering my Jeep to Superior Linings
in North Vancouver, I spent a very full evening removing
everything I didn't want covered with the liner. The
carpets, seats, console, seat belts, roll bar, transmission
hump cover, and other odds and ends were all removed. The
inventor of the Torx head bolt was cursed thoroughly and
frequently that evening. Then I used a lot of soap, water
and a Scotch-brite pad to get rid of the dirt and dog hair
that had accumulated under the carpets and in the nooks and
crannies over the years.
The next morning, with just the roll bar and driver's side
seat belt and seat in place, I drove to Superior Lining's
shop in North Vancouver. The owner/operators, Darin
Calderwood and Steve Graffi were waiting for me. We rolled
the Jeep into their shop and removed the seat, belt and roll
bar. Then they removed my tire carrier and tried to unbolt
the tailgate. Unfortunately, my past adventures with the
tailgate had left one of the Torx (there's that name
again!!) bolts' heads stripped. I suggested to Steve that
he try spraying with the tailgate in place but he was
determined to avoid that option. He said that the tailgate
would hinder his ability to spray an even coat inside the
Jeep. So, despite my eagerness to begin the job with the
tailgate on and suffer the consequences, they decided to
take the hard route and find a way to remove the Torx bolt.
That route ended up being a Dremel tool with a cut-off
wheel. Darin used the wheel to cut a slot into the bolt,
allowing it to be removed with a large slot-head
Air & Water Tight
Permanently seals out mildew, rust and corrosion.
Resists scratches, dings and gouges.
Will not break down when exposed to fertilizers & corrosive chemicals.
Eliminates damage caused by load slippage.
A Perfect Fit
Sprays on to the contour of a truck bed, easily molding around
5th wheel hitches, tie-downs and utility boxes.
Bonds permanently to virtually any surface, including steel,
wood, aluminum, concrete and fiberglass.
Tolerates extreme temperatures without cracking or warping.
Forms a protective cushion between cargo and the truck bed, reducing noise.
100% solvent-free polyurethane.
No waxing, repainting or retightening required.
Ultimate protection for your vehicle in just a few hours.
With the tailgate out of the way, there were no more
surprises. The tub was swabbed down with a solvent to
remove any grease or oil and then roughed up with a wire
wheel grinder. Hard to reach places were sanded by hand.
The dust was vacuumed and then the time consuming task of
plugging the holes and masking the tub began. Any holes
which I did not want to be filled with the liner had to be
plugged with rolled-up masking tape. This included all the
threaded holes and some of the smaller non-threaded holes.
Large, non-threaded holes like the drains were left as is
since the Rhino Liner wouldn't cover them over.
Rhino Liner sets within a few minutes of it being sprayed on
so Steve has to work fast when spraying. Proper and
thorough masking is necessary because he doesn't have the
luxury of slowing down. The entire Jeep was masked, leaving
only the interior of the tub exposed for spraying. Areas
where the liner would be trimmed afterwards were masked
using a special tape containing a thin wire filament on one
edge. Steve used this for masking areas around the
tailgate. Once the liner was applied, he could pull up the
wire which neatly sliced the liner, cutting it so that it
traced the edges of the tailgate opening for a very
With the Jeep fully prepped, it was rolled into the spray
booth. Steve prepared the liner chemicals and ran a test
flow to sample the ratio between the chemicals. After
checking the ratio of the samples' weights, he donned his
spray suit and respirator and stepped into the booth. He
walked around the Jeep a few times to plan his route. Like
I said before, he has to work quickly so planning ahead was
very important. Once he started spraying, it took only 15
minutes to complete.
Pick a colour, any colour. You won't find this kind of
selection with drop-in bed liners.
As soon as he put the sprayer away, Steve pulled the masking
wire to trim the liner around the tailgate opening. The
material was still setting so pulling the wire as soon as
possible made it easier to cut. I was amazed and how fast
the Rhino Liner hardened.
We rolled the Jeep out of the booth and removed the masking
paper and tape. The next step was to clear the holes, which
we had plugged with masking tape. Because Rhino Liner is so
tough, it took considerable effort to remove the liner and
trim the openings for the holes. Steve and Darin had
considerable practice at this, as evidenced by the speed
with which they handled this task. I tried clearing a few
of the holes and the difficulty involved made me a firm
believer in the strength and resilience of the product.
Because Rhino Liner's thickness typically ranges between 1/8
and 1/4 inches, knowledge of the locations of the various
tub fittings was critical. Spraying the entire tub with a
1/4" thick liner would severely alter the interior
dimensions and cause a real problem when we re-installed the
door strikers, roll bar and other fittings. Fortunately,
Superior Linings had done many Jeeps before this and were
aware of their particular requirements.
The only modification I had to make during re-assembly of
the interior was to notch four of the roll bar mounting
flanges' holes. Other than that, everything re-installed
without a hitch. If you're going to get the interior of
your vehicle Rhino Lined, I strongly recommend dealing with
an installer who has done vehicle interiors before. There
are added complications, which are not common to pickup
I guess it's pretty obvious that I am extremely pleased with
the results. This past weekend, I woke up with the horrible
realization that it was pouring rain and my Jeep didn't have
the top on. Then I remembered that the interior was Rhino
Lined and I had waterproof seat covers; no more soggy
carpets to worry about. I went back to sleep. The interior
of my Jeep has finally been ruggedized to match the
vehicle's go anywhere, anytime personality. Clean up will
now be a breeze, so driving to work after a weekend of
offroading will no longer be an ordeal of dirt, leaves and
bark swirling around inside the Jeep.
Thanks to Darin and Steve of Superior Linings for doing such a great job!