Humvee Upgrade – DIY LizardSkin Sound and Heat Coatings – Long Term Update

Humvee Upgrade – DIY LizardSkin Sound and Heat Coatings – Long Term Update Ryan asked: “How’s the LizardSkin holding up? Honestly, yours looks awesome, the only thing that’s prevented me […]

Humvee Upgrade – DIY LizardSkin Sound and Heat Coatings – Long Term Update

Ryan asked: “How’s the LizardSkin holding up? Honestly, yours looks awesome, the only thing that’s prevented me from doing a similar spray on installation is I’ve been waiting to see how yours holds up. I previously had Rhino lining in a truck, looked good for 3-4 years but turned to crap quickly after that.”
Scroll down for periodic updates on how the LizardSkin coatings are surviving in the Battlewagon.

What is LizardSkin?

Start with our article LizardSkin Sound Control and Ceramic Insulation for the Project Humvee Battlewagon for what it is, how it is applied, and all of the supplies needed for this project. LizardSkin is most commonly used in classic car resto-mods, in Jeeps, Land Rovers, etc. LizardSkin would be a great option in other noisey military surplus vehicles like M35A2 Deuce-and-a-half, 5 ton trucks, CUCVs, etc.

What we applied to the Battlewagon

LizardSkin​ sent the following for the Project Humvee Battlewagon (Amazon links):

How are the LizardSkin coatings holding up?

9 months after application

I like it. More than I thought I would, actually. The LizardSkin coatings did a lot to dampen the rattly vibrations and harmonic resonance throughout the Battlewagon. It was particularly helpful in cutting down both heat and noise from the doghouse.

A small knick in the edge of the tailgate where the thin LizardSkin chipped off. Total width about 1/8″

I didn’t really know what to expect when the it cured, but I’m finding the LizardSkin a bit pliable. For example, in the back where my toolbox sits, the LizardSkin under the toolbox has flattened out a bit.
I mostly use the Battlewagon for hauling guns to the range, hauling kids to Scouts and swim practice, running errands around town.
I am careful how I put things in the vehicle.
Even then, the LizardSkin is not incredibly hard to deform. Because it remains a bit pliable, it hasn’t torn or had any big holes poked in it.

Additional truck bed protection

I knew going into this that LizardSkin isn’t supposed to be the top coat. It is supposed to have something over it to protect it. I sprayed a few coats of paint over it, but that was it. I won’t put bedliner in the interior. All spray-in bed liners outgas toxic fumes when heated for years after they are cured. I’ve lost too many brain cells already. I will likely spray bedliner to protect the bed.
Just in case, I made a tunnel cover and floor mats from a horse stall mat (article link) in the bed area. I’ll extend the horse stall mat forward past the Blac-Rac rifle holder all the way to the doghouse soon. 

 

Overall LizardSkin

If I could do it again, I would. Just understand how LizardSkin is designed to be used and use it appropriately… with something over it to protect it… carpet, rubber mat, plywood… something.

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Quarter Horse Arms - machine gun from HMMWV

Jeff shooting the Quarter Horse Arms AR15 Full Auto from the Project Humvee Battlewagon

The Project Humvee Battlewagon

Gear Report acquired a real HMMWV (High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle) from the US Army for use as our official field and shooting range vehicle. We have already posted about some of our upgrade projects (Project Humvee Battlewagon article links) and have a lot of really cool projects on the way. Consider subscribing so you don’t miss any of the cool reviews as we post them.

Here is our Project Intro (link) and our list of HMMWV upgrade projects.

The Deuce Utility Vehicle (D.U.V.) Project M35A2

The D.U.V. project started with a fairly standard 1968 M35a2 two and a half ton 6×6 cargo truck. Commonly known as the “Deuce-and-a-half” or “The Deuce.” We aren’t yet sure where it will stop.

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About Jeff

Jeff is the Editor in Chief of Gear Report and a National Shooting Sports Foundation Media member. He reports on the outdoor industry, reviews gear for camping, hiking, shooting, hunting, paddling, backpacking and other active pursuits. A USAF veteran, Jeff earned a MBA in Marketing and Health Services. He specializes in consultative selling and internet marketing. As the VP of BD & Marketing, Jeff provides sales and marketing leadership to MGECOM, Inc. and helps http://MGECOM.com acquire new clients in need of solutions for online merchants in need of Affiliate Marketing program management. Jeff founded and manages Cress Sales & Marketing LLC, offering online sales and marketing consulting and services to online merchants and service providers.