The second coat of Monstaliner went on today, and I have to say, I’m relieved it’s over. Not that it was particularly difficult, but the entire process was tedious and time-consuming, not to mention lung-cancer-inducing. That MEK stuff will burn your lungs if you’re not careful.
I have to confess that while I’m generally a very meticulous person, I carelessly slopped the Monstaliner on wherever it seemed necessary. It just didn’t seem worth the time to make it look beautiful, knowing that it would all be permanently covered up by sound deadening anyway. I didn’t work it into all the nooks and crannies, and I didn’t tape up any of the wall pillars. Basically, I made a huge mess and I’m okay with that.
I am very glad that I did it. The preparation process (e.g. scrubbing the hell out of the floor) revealed a lot of nicks and scratches that I’m glad will be covered instead of left to rust. A product like Chassis Saver may have worked just as well, but I like the ruggedness of bed liner.
While all this physical labor stuff is very exciting, I’ve been researching how to get internet access while on the road. I can tether on my cell phone (provided that Virgin Mobile doesn’t find out), and I already have a C.Crane wifi antenna. But what about times when unsecured wi-fi isn’t available? What about transferring large files for work? I decided to try out Millenicom’s Hotspot plan.
The plan comes with a Novatel 4620LE device and uses the Verizon network. At $70/month for 20 GB of data, it’s the most data for the price that I’ve been able to find. I’ve been using the device all day, and I’m pretty darn happy. I’m getting download speeds of 5.87 Mbps, and upload speeds of 7.36 Mbps―faster than I’m getting with my current Charter service. The battery on the device has lasted all day (it turns itself off when not in use to save the battery), and the charging port is micro USB, so it can be charged using a solar device like the JOOS. Pretty nifty, eh? Good-bye, Charter.