The purpose of a bedliner is to protect your truck bed from moisture and other materials that can scratch, dent, rust, or erode the surface of the bed. The market is flooded with various types of bedliners to fit your specific needs. Some are permanent, while others are removable. If you are looking for a bedliner that is more comfortable to install and use, we have some DIY tips for you.
A pickup truck symbolizes strength, durability, and flexibility, so owners want to ensure that it remains durable and clean. One thing that adds a layer of protection to a truck bed is a liner. Removable bedliners were introduced before, but sprayable bedliners make the protection easier to apply and maintain.
Here are some tips to ensure the proper application of spray on bedliner if you want to do it yourself.
Stage 1 – Proper bedliner application
It is vital to read and understand the manufacturer’s instructions on mixing and applying the bedliner. See to it that you also prepare the bed’s surface correctly to ensure the proper adherence of the bedliner to the truck bed.
Prep your truck bed
See to it that you use solvent wax and grease remover that are recommended by the manufacturer. Clean the truck bed and allow it to dry thoroughly.
- Masking. Cover the areas that do not need the bedliner coating. Use automotive-grade masking material to protect the parts.
- Sanding. Buy the right type of sandpaper (36 grit), so you do not damage the truck bed. The sanding process is to ensure that the spray on bedliner adheres to the surface properly. See to it that you sand all the grooves, corners, and other hard-to-reach surfaces.
- Final cleaning. The spray on bedliner kit includes a final cleaner. Use this to remove debris from sanding and other surface contaminants.
- Protect bare metal areas. Apply etch primer on all bare metal areas. Allow the surfaces to dry thoroughly before you move to the next stage.
Stage 2 – Application of the bedliner
Read the technical data included in the kit to ensure that you are mixing the product according to specifications.
- Use the proper spray gun. Test the gun on another surface, maybe a piece of board, to ensure that the gun releases the bedlining material at the right amount.
- See to it that you follow the recommended flash time between coatings. Typically, you should allow at least 60 minutes before adding the next coat. The recommendation is to apply three coatings for your truck bed.
- Note that you can increase the slip resistance or texture of the spray on bedliner by adjusting the bed and the sprayer’s distance. You can adjust the air pressure to make bigger droplets and make the texture of the bedliner coarser.
Since you are applying the spray on bedliner yourself, see to it that you understand the manufacturer’s instructions. Prep your vehicle properly to ensure the proper adherence of the bedliner. Make sure that the weather conditions are right. Moreover, be sure to have the right amount of time for the job.