We, my two sons and I, just recently installed a roll on bed liner and have now lived with it for a few months. A do it yourself bed liner can make your truck look much better. Plus the new coating is a functional protection for your truck bed too. This type of bed liner is especially useful in an older truck with some bed damage, one of those beat-up eyesore kind of trucks!
Here are some tips to make your project a success.
- You need more than a gallon.
A gallon of bed liner paint probably isn’t enough. A professional spray on liner is up to 1/4 inch thick. That’s one of the keys to durability, thickness. A professional liner may contain four or more gallons of coating. One reason you can save money by doing it yourself is you aren’t using as much material. So don’t skimp on the material. Apply as directed on the can. You’ll need at least a gallon and a quart spray on bedliner you may want two gallons.
- Repair the rusty spots.
Don’t even think of just painting over rust. Chip it away. Sand it. Use a chemical rust converter. Make sure you deal with the rust. Otherwise, skip this project.
- Clean the surfaces to be coated.
Paint will not stick to wax. If you start sanding without proper cleaning, you will drive the wax and grease into the surface. You must use the proper solvents to remove the wax before you start sanding. Otherwise the paint will peel.
- Sand aggressively.
For paint to stick, you need a roughed up surface. So don’t spare the effort to sand the bed very thoroughly with coarse grit sanding material. You’ll be glad you did. Wash the bed thoroughly before painting.
- Prime then paint.
Use a primer on bare spots at least and prime as well as you can. After all this preparation, you will be amazed at how easy applying the bed paint is and also amazed at how good that first coat looks. The main problem is your newly coated bed will make the rest of your truck look bad!
Allow the coating a few days to cure and you’re ready to enjoy a much improved bed on your truck.