LizardSkin Sound Control and Ceramic Insulation for the Project Humvee Battlewagon

LizardSkin Sound Control and Ceramic Insulation for the Project Humvee Battlewagon Woo Hoo! Time to quite the HMMWV. *May 2017 Update: the LizardSkin coatings have been applied and a quick […]

LizardSkin Sound Control and Ceramic Insulation for the Project Humvee Battlewagon

Woo Hoo! Time to quite the HMMWV.

*May 2017 Update: the LizardSkin coatings have been applied and a quick summary added below! We will add a video in a couple of months after we have a feel for how the LizardSkin holds up… so more to come!

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

LizardSkin before paint. 1/2″ socket for perspective

More HMMWV articles can be found under the Humvee category menu above or by clicking HERE. You might also like the HMMWV section of our Amazon store where we have listed lots of replacement and upgrade parts for Humvees. We have also found a lot of HMMWV parts on eBay (link).

 Does LizardSkin work?

I’ve put about 400 miles on the Project Humvee Battlewagon since spraying the LizardSkin. So, I’ve finally got enough real-world experience with it to write intelligently about it.

The first time my youngest daughter rode with me after installing the LizardSkin she looked shocked and said “Dad! Is there something wrong with the Humvee!? …. it sounds too quite!”

She knew I had painted the interior, but didn’t realize I was really “soundproofing” it. lol

Supplies needed for applying LizardSkin coatings

With Amazon links for your convenience:

Spraying LizardSkin coatings

In short… I used the Super Pro application kit to coat the entire HMMWV body tub interior for both Ceramic Insulation heat and Sound Control sound insulation.

  • Prep is same as for paint… easy, but time consuming… and you have to remember that CARC paint is toxic… so suit up and wear a respirator.

    • Remove interior
    • ShopVac all the loose stuff
    • Spray with Purple Power and let soak for a few minutes
    • Pressure wash interior
    • ShopVac the wet nastiness… This is key, BTW, as you spray the interior and free bits of loose stuff you need to suck it out of the body with the Shop Vac. Sand and dirt don’t drain through the holes in the floor very efficiently
    • Wipe down with rubbing alcohol any surfaces to be coated
  • Cover EVERYTHING you don’t want to get LizardSkin on. I used paper, plastic and tape. I skipped some things thinking they wouldn’t get overspray or that I could wipe it off quickly. It does wipe off easily with a wet cloth, but I often either didn’t notice it in time, or just didn’t want to stop spraying to deal with it… should have taped a bit more.
  • Mix the LizardSkin for a few minutes with a drill and the mixing attachment they provided.
  • Set the air compressor to about 60 PSI.
  • Sprays on easy. I had never painted with anything but cans of spray paint and I found the process very straight forward, easy, and simple.
  • Easy to paint over.
  • So far, the LizardSkin coatings are wearing well. No cracks, chips, gouges, etc. Even in the truck bed area. Seems to deform a bit rather than cracking… so there are a few tiny dents under my heavy tool box in the back where it smooshed (that is a technical term) a little… but the paint still looks fine.
  • The rattly sound in the HMMWV is almost totally gone.
  • Particularly, the noise coming from the doghouse has been reduced WAY more than I expected.
  • A lot of the resonating sound of road noise has been reduced.
  • The Battlewagon is a soft top HMMWV, so still loud as hell… just more manageably loud. Wind noise from the top is obviously unaffected by the LizardSkin

Pictures of the whole process

*click each pic to enlarge

Suggestions?

Please leave a comment if you have suggestions on what we should put on top of this as the durable protective layer.

The Project Humvee Battlewagon

Gear Report acquired a real HMMWV (High Mobility Multi 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 Overview (link)

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.