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10-21-2019 05:59 AM
dudeman351
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Originally Posted by Steve_In_29 View Post
One gallon is NOT going to coat an entire truck. It would barely coat just the bed but would be sprayed on so thin it wouldn't provide much protection.

Since you apparently don't care how the truck looks (bed liner always looked like ass on the vehicles I have seen it used on the exterior) simply get a few cans of automotive spray paint and rattle can it.
If you know what you're doing, a rattle can paint job can look phenomenal. 90% of it is prep work.
10-20-2019 12:58 AM
jchavasu My sons first car, a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee, was fully sprayed with Rhino lining. Or something very similar. It was obviously professionally applied and looked really good. Very durable. I can't compare before and after but I don't think it added to the weight significantly.
10-20-2019 12:57 AM
Steve_In_29
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Originally Posted by ActionJackson View Post
I did a little checking locally. There's a guy who used to do this for a living who's going to give me a quote as a side job. He no longer does it but may be willing to do it for the right price. Still waiting to hear back from him.

U-POL Raptor claims that one gallon of liquid liner is enough to coat a full sized pick up truck. That doesn't sound like muck weight would be added to the truck. Even two coats (two gallons) would weigh much. I watched a few more DIY videos and it appears that the results could look pretty good.

My truck is a 2003 and the black paint is oxidized (especially on the roof and hood). It has all the usual dents and dings. So far, there isn't a single rust spot on the body or underside. Since it only has 131,000 miles on it and has been well maintained (mechanically speaking) and runs like a top I may as well run it for another 130,000 miles which, if my calculations are right, should be another 15 years. No sense in making giant monthly payments on a new truck (not to mention in the insane cost of insurance). But, since I will be hanging on to it for awhile I'd like to find an inexpensive way to make it look a little nicer and to protect it from any future rust issues.
One gallon is NOT going to coat an entire truck. It would barely coat just the bed but would be sprayed on so thin it wouldn't provide much protection.

Since you apparently don't care how the truck looks (bed liner always looked like ass on the vehicles I have seen it used on the exterior) simply get a few cans of automotive spray paint and rattle can it.
10-19-2019 09:38 PM
NW GUY AS SOMEONE else said.. about using bedliner on the paint for protection..

I taped off the top half of my Cherokee and used the Rustoleum rattle can bedliner from Wally world and other places to provide rock and brush protection for my Jeep. Goes on easy and put on several coats while it was taped up.

Stopped all the nicks and scratches from road debris and brush from trails.



I also use it for bed protection for my various trailers. It isn't as thick using the rattle can as some other applications but it has been pretty good protection for my uses and it touches up very quickly.
10-19-2019 08:28 PM
John Galt 1 I had a Jeep CJ that the previous owner had professionally sprayed with white bedliner over the entire exterior and most of the interior. Because of the texture it was difficult to clean and over the years became impossible to really get back to white.
10-19-2019 06:24 PM
PurpleKitty One of our guys with a truck had a liner, it was good for a good 15 years before it started getting a little worn, and that is hauling a bed full of vending supplies every week.

I would do the liner.
10-19-2019 05:03 PM
ActionJackson
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Originally Posted by Rockin90 View Post
When I was stationed in Alaska, one of the civilians at the range had his Toyota painted with the green CARC paint and it looked good. I would go that route or a regular paint with a satin clearcoat before I would add all of the weight of completely painting it with bedliner.
I used to work for Birdon America (Namjet) where we made Bridge Erection Boats for the US Army. We painted all of our boats with CARC and it was pretty awesome. We had the painter include a rough, sand-like finish for added durability and anti-slip properties. Had I thought about it back then, I would have purchased a couple of gallons of it for myself at cost since I was the purchaser at the time.
10-19-2019 05:00 PM
ActionJackson I did a little checking locally. There's a guy who used to do this for a living who's going to give me a quote as a side job. He no longer does it but may be willing to do it for the right price. Still waiting to hear back from him.

U-POL Raptor claims that one gallon of liquid liner is enough to coat a full sized pick up truck. That doesn't sound like muck weight would be added to the truck. Even two coats (two gallons) would weigh much. I watched a few more DIY videos and it appears that the results could look pretty good.

My truck is a 2003 and the black paint is oxidized (especially on the roof and hood). It has all the usual dents and dings. So far, there isn't a single rust spot on the body or underside. Since it only has 131,000 miles on it and has been well maintained (mechanically speaking) and runs like a top I may as well run it for another 130,000 miles which, if my calculations are right, should be another 15 years. No sense in making giant monthly payments on a new truck (not to mention in the insane cost of insurance). But, since I will be hanging on to it for awhile I'd like to find an inexpensive way to make it look a little nicer and to protect it from any future rust issues.
10-19-2019 04:46 PM
Rockin90 When I was stationed in Alaska, one of the civilians at the range had his Toyota painted with the green CARC paint and it looked good. I would go that route or a regular paint with a satin clearcoat before I would add all of the weight of completely painting it with bedliner.
10-19-2019 10:20 AM
Nefarious1 I'm in this business.
Every one of those do it yourself kits is pretty much crap.
If you want it done right, get a Rhino liner, Bullet liner, or equivalent done by a professional.
10-19-2019 08:54 AM
wldwsel I had my Gator bed sprayed, and it has held up well. As for cosmetics, not so good.

Nearly anything spilled on it, discolors it - gasoline, diesel, tree spray, oil, etc.
Doesn't take it off, just many different colors of black after a couple of years.

When I haul dirt, it gets into the "pores" of the paint. Takes several good hard rains to get rid of it. Pine pollen or grass, does the same. Won't stay shiny black for long.

The guy who sprayed mine had a Suburu he drives sitting out front with a bed liner finish (green). Looks OK, but had faded pretty bad from the sun.

I'd stick to traditional coverings, in maybe a military drab, no shine finish, if that's what you're looking for. Several F1 cars have a "murdered", no shine finish this year. You get used to them, but I still like the traditional shine finish better. Bed liner paint is for bed liners.

WW

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10-19-2019 08:52 AM
Dragunov
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Originally Posted by ActionJackson View Post
Has anyone tried coating their truck (or other vehicle) with spray on bed-liner material? I've seen a couple of Youtube videos that make it look pretty easy. I'm just wondering if anyone here has any experience with this and what you think of it. I've heard that it's pretty durable over the long run but that it adds a lot of extra weight to the truck. I'm also curious as to how many coats it takes to do it right and what sort of prep work is necessary. Is primer required?


Anyway ... I'm strongly considering the idea. Coyote Brown with black trim and flat black rims if I move forward.
Someone here did this with his Jeep. Had it done professionally. Looks pretty good.
10-19-2019 01:12 AM
Colt I just don't know what the benefit would be. Fewer dents from hail, or maybe scratches from brush driving cross country?
10-19-2019 12:16 AM
bunkerbuster While I was gone on a trip off-grid mining claim staking. My wife had mine done as a present to me at a highly recommended local auto body & paint shop that does bed liner spray ins. Could not be happier with the job they did. She never told me the cost.

I would advise not doing it yourself. I have seen a few DIY jobs & none looked very good, in-fact one looked atrocious.

10-18-2019 10:54 PM
Steve_In_29 Doing it yourself is going to end up looking like crap and most likely having adhesion issues. There needs to be careful and thorough prep work done or it will peel off in sheets.

The material is also rough and pretty much impossible to keep clean of road dust/grime.

It also adds several hundred pounds to the weight of the vehicle, thus reducing your load capacity by the same amount.

Get in a wreck or need to otherwise do body work and most repair shops aren't going to want to touch the vehicle. Or the labor cost will be so high that the vehicle is instantly a total.
10-18-2019 10:02 PM
Hick Industries
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Originally Posted by ActionJackson View Post
Do you know if the vehicle you saw had been hand painted with roller or do you think a paint gun was used? The few I've seen on Youtube look pretty evenly covered and well done. The dude in the video above seems to have gotten pretty good coverage.
The vehicle I saw was owned by the body shop and used to retrieve parts. The problem was they painted the entire thing the same dark green surface.
It would have looked a lot better if the body had been painted a lighter color paint, then covered the lower body and fenders with black bedliner.
But I can assure you that covering the entire body with the same color bedliner looks like crap.
10-18-2019 09:41 PM
cujet I saw an orange Jeep done this way. It looked great. But it was clearly a professional job.
10-18-2019 09:33 PM
Wulfthang I worked with a guy who painted his Nissan P/U truck with a type of bedliner, called Zolatone. It looked really good and they had many different colors. The finish that was on it, was rough.... all scratched and scraped up. I liked it so much that I started finishing long gun stocks with it. I used a "Texture Sprayer" paint gun and full air pressure. Don't put it on to thick or it will sag. It's heavy when it's wet but fairly light when it's dry. Years later, his truck and my stocks still look good!
10-18-2019 08:46 PM
4X4
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Originally Posted by ActionJackson View Post
Has anyone tried coating their truck (or other vehicle) with spray on bed-liner material? I've seen a couple of Youtube videos that make it look pretty easy. I'm just wondering if anyone here has any experience with this and what you think of it. I've heard that it's pretty durable over the long run but that it adds a lot of extra weight to the truck. I'm also curious as to how many coats it takes to do it right and what sort of prep work is necessary. Is primer required?


Anyway ... I'm strongly considering the idea. Coyote Brown with black trim and flat black rims if I move forward.
You can do it easily enough but after a few years it will look like ****e unless you get something that's wade to withstand the direct sun for long periods of time. In my opinion it really doesn't do very much other than add some extra weight and if you decide you don't like it is a major problem to remove. You would be better off painting it with something designed better as an exterior paint.
10-18-2019 08:32 PM
Justme11 For my truck bedliner, I simply bought a thick rubber mat sized for it from Atwoods in Tulsa. No muss, no fuss. 80 bucks and still like it 12 years later. .

I dd see a tricked out Jeep that was all Black Bed liner the other day. Looked pretty neat, but in the Texas sun, black is not a good color.
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