For this project I used the following tools:
- Body filler (to fix the pitted and rusting Bull Nose)
- 5″ orbital sander
- Rubber Gloves
- Safety Glasses
- Sandpaper (60grit, 120grit)
- 1 Herculiner kit
- Painters plastic (though this product dries hard it is still a thin fluid during application protect your surfaces.
- 1 Disposable Paint Pan
- 1 Small cheap paint brush (for getting into those spots that the roller can't reach).
- Shop Rag or old T-shirt
- Spray bottle with rubbing alcohol in it
- Ratchets, wrenches, screwdrivers (to remove parts prior to applying Herculiner)
**You may want to order additional rollers depending on the coats you desire and where this coating is being placed**
REMOVING THE BULLNOSE
Remove the Bull Nose from the front of the Ram 1500 (just the Nose, not the actual mounting brackets; 7 Minutes and 8 bolts to remove).
PREPPING THE BULLNOSE
Cut and sand all the rotted parts of the Bull Nose and repair them with the Bondo. After applying a small amount of Bondo, wait for it to dry (15 minute curing time), then sand the entire bumper with the 60 grit sandpaper attached to a hook-and-loop orbital sander. (Ensure all rust is corrected and sanded out prior to applying Herculiner product, otherwise, it will continue to rust from within. A primer or oxidizer can be used to prevent further rusting of these areas.)
REMOVING THE GRILLE
Remove the grille shell from the truck, as well as custom grille. The grille shell is made of plastic, so be especially careful to use a finer grit as to not grind the actual plastic down and distort the shell (Recommended to do this step by hand without the sander).
CLEANING & PREPPING
After all the pieces have been sanded down to a bit of a rough texture (this is done to allow the Herculiner to adhere better), use the spray bottle filled with rubbing alcohol to clean the pieces you're looking to coat, wiping it down with the shop rag after it's been sprayed. (This removes all the particles from pieces about to be coated and ensures a good bond between the product and the pieces.)
Prep your work area by putting plastic on the floor and covering the sawhorses used to hold your pieces at a higher and more manageable level.
Put on rubber gloves to prevent skin irritation and staining, and safety glasses to prevent getting anything in your eyes while using the roller or brush.
Open the can of Herculiner in order to mix it, stirring vigorously with a paint stick for a few minutes, and pour a small amount into the paint pan. (Make sure the product is thin, almost water with grit consistency in it - it's meant to be that way.)
Paint all areas with the brush in places where the roller can't reach. Using the brush before the roller ensures consistent texture.
After painting the small crevices and areas the provided roller will not fit, pour another amount of Herculiner into the paint tray and begin rolling it on much like you do latex paint on a wall. (Don't be as liberal with this as you are with paint because it's extremely thin during the application process and will drip and run all over if you're not careful.)
Now that one side is done, you are going to have to play the waiting game until you can flip it over and do the other side. (You can save rollers by placing them inside a garbage bag and removing the air. This will prevent the product from drying on the roller, allowing you at least another use out of it.)
Once semi dry (no longer tacky), flip over and repeat down on the reverse side.
You are going to want to do a few coats to ensure that it sticks, so repeat the application steps over again to the desired number of coats and coverage is reached.
Let dry for at least 9-12 hours (based on temperature and humidity) prior to reinstallation to avoid any paint getting on you or your vehicle and to prevent fingerprints from being pushed into wet product.
For this particular application, the front and rear bumpers weren't removed, but rather taped off with green Frog Tape and edges were coated using the brush first, as explained above.
It's highly recommended to use the roller - instead of the brush - in the more visible areas to ensure proper texture.
Also, this product - by itself - will dry a glossy color, but, without using glossifier, it will lose that sheen after being weathered for a few weeks, leaving the matte black appearance.