DIY Hub: Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Q Can I Paint Herculiner?

Herculiner can be painted though, it is best to use a polyurethane based paint to coat the surface with. Colored polyurethanes may be a little harder to find, but because they are like material and have the same pliability, you will get the longest lasting coverage with it. The usage of polyurethane paint is recommended because other types of paint will not have the same pliability and will be more apt to crack and peel off at a much quicker rate. You can use any other paint if you'd like, except for lacquer, but it may not hold up as long as the polyurethane.

If you can, the best time to apply the paint is within 24 hours of the Herculiner becoming dry to the touch. It will be in it's most receptive state for paint at that time. So after you apply the final coat of Herculiner, give it the recommended one to four hour time frame to set or wait until the surface isn't tacky anymore, then put the paint on. If you go a prolonged amount of time between applying the product and painting, we usually recommend lightly sanding and cleaning the surface of the Herculiner before applying.

What you don't want to do is mix anything into the Herculiner before applying it, even if it is a urethane product. There is a specific amount of plasticizer for curing that is in the product that will be affected if anything additional is added and there is the chance that the tint would not be compatible with the polyurethane we use in our product. Even mixing one Herculiner color with another can cause curing issues because certain colors use different types of polyurethane as well.

Q Can I Use Herculiner for other uses?

Yes, Herculiner can be used on an array of surfaces from concrete to plastic. Go to our Projects page and see what other surfaces you can apply it to.

Q What kind of warranty does Herculiner have?

We warranty the product against faulty manufacture and defective materials prior to application. We cannot accept liability for application or use of this product (too many variables, proper prepping/cleaning of surface, application methods, etc.).

Q What necessary items are not included in the kit?
  • One quart of Xylene, Acetone or MEK (solution to prep the surface of the bed before coating)
  • Rubber gloves
  • Stir stick (we recommend a drill with a paint mixing attachment)
  • Paint tray and some rags
  • Tape for masking off areas
Q What is included in the kit?
  • 1 gallon can
  • 2 rollers
  • 1 abrasive pad for scuffing
  • 1 roller handle
  • 1 gallon can opener
  • 1 - 2" brush for tight spots/corners
  • Application instructions
Q What is the difference between Herculiner and other spray-on coatings?

Herculiner has a proprietary polyurethane and rubber formula. It's the only do-it-yourself bedliner with a tough, thick, skid-resistant finish that won't chip, flake or peel under normal conditions and uses.

Q Can I apply Herculiner in the winter?

Yes, Herculiner can be applied between 32° F and 95° F. However, the colder the temperature and the lower the humidity, the longer the curing process will take. Additionally, it MUST BE APPLIED IN A WELL VENTILATED AREA.

Q Is Herculiner flammable?

Yes, but only while drying.

Q Can you repair a section that has been damaged?

Yes, Herculiner adheres to itself, while other coatings do not. Other coatings would also require removal for gouging repair.

Q How many coats should I use?

Always use two coats. The first coat will form a good base. Then allow one to four hours to dry and apply a second coat to completely seal and bring out the shine. When applying the second coat, spread in the opposite direction to ensure complete coverage. *Note:One (1) gallon covers 6' beds with 2 coats. An extra quart is needed for 8' beds.

Q How long does Herculiner take to dry?

You should allow Herculiner to dry about 24 hours before any light use and allow 3-5 days for a complete cure. Curing begins when Herculiner is exposed to atmospheric moisture. Therefore, with higher humidity, curing time is shorter.

Q What happens if I get Herculiner on my hands?

Use Xylene immediately to remove the product from your hands. Then wash hands with soap and water.

Q How can I remove Herculiner once it's applied?

Herculiner is a permanent application. However, if the product is still wet, it can be removed using Xylene.

Q How tough is Herculiner?

Herculiner won't chip, flake, or peel under normal conditions and uses, and is resistant to damage from gasoline and most chemicals & solvents. It can withstand years of heavy-duty use.

Q What is the shelf life of Herculiner?

Unopened containers of Herculiner can be stored for two to three years depending on storage conditions.

Q What surfaces will it bond to?

Herculiner can be applied to virtually any surface including wood, metal, concrete, asphalt, rubber, fiberglass, and most plastics, including PVC, and even painted or primed steel and aluminum.

Q How much does it cost, and what size containers does it come in?

Our kit with black Herculiner retails for $99.99 (MSRP), which includes one (1) gallon. Additional black quarts are available for $29.99 (MSRP). Gray kits are available for $139.99 (MSRP).

Q Where can I buy it?

Visit our Product Locator

Q What colors are available?

Black & Gray

Q How can it be applied?

Herculiner can be applied with a brush/roller or with a spray compressor. (Brush and two (2) rollers are included in each kit.) It must be applied in a well-ventilated area.