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I picked up a pickup. (2005 Ford Ranger SuperCab 4x4)



We got it pretty cheap because the bed was shot. I picked a 2009 bed that needs some TLC but is still very serviceable.

Has anyone used the paint-on bed liner?
Pros?
Con?
What brand do you like?

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Unless the truck is fairly new and you want to protect the bed for resale, never saw a use for them. I had a similar Ranger years ago and it was a nice truck. Totaled it in a wreck.
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I used the rustoleum from Walmart years ago. It did alright but I rushed the prep some. Probably 15 years later there's still some of it hanging on.


The Herculiner stuff is getting around 4.5 stars and I'm planning on that.
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Whatever brand you decide on make sure it's 2 part! Do NOT use some single component brush/spray on crap, it will not last and it will be very thin and not protect.
I've used several brands (all 2 part urethane) and one even had ground up rubber chunks that you could add as an option, that stuff ROCKED! Sorry but I can't remember the name of it but you might find it online searching bed liner with rubber.
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People here use that stuff for everything. Hoods, rocker panels, carpet, sometimes even truck beds. It's like duct tape but for trucks. Honestly, people treat it like a cure all for everything. I think people would use it on their houses if it was cheaper.

Researching brands myself as I'm going to flatbed my truck and coat everything with bed liner.
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Herculiner has the rubber crumbs in it. Its a one-part product,comes with a rough texture roller for application to carry the rubber crumbs with the paint coating.Holds up pretty good,we use it on speaker cabinets.Comes in a one-gallon can(I think I saw it in quarts,too) for about $100/gallon..I think we were getting it for $85..its been a while
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I took my Gator bed to a Rhino Liner place 16 years ago and it’s still 99% there. I would do that rather than spraying it myself. Most of the spray on places are ok. Ask a car dealer for a place.

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Whatever brand you decide on make sure it's 2 part! Do NOT use some single component brush/spray on crap, it will not last and it will be very thin and not protect.
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Got that right. I used rattle can spray stuff on a new in box steel utility cart (had never seen weather or a load). A TOTAL waste of time. Coating is too thin.

Go with a professional installed spray product or don't bother.
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I rolled on my colorado bed (god rest her soul) myself, and I'll echo the others.....if you're going to keep the truck a long time, and want it done right, pay to have it done at a shop. It's worth the investment.

What I did looked nice, but it did NOT last long at all. They simply don't give you enough to put on a thick enough coating. You'll need at least a solid 1/4in thick coating on the high wear areas - floor, tailgate, wheel wells. You can go thinner on the sides. I had to spray over thin areas at least 5 times a year, maybe about 1 year after the original job.

I prepped it according to the instructions....cleaned thoroughly, scuff with scotchbrite, acetone, then apply. Even in areas that did NOT get much abuse, it just wore thin.

After all that, I found the bed had rust holes in a spot, straight through the steel. They certainly weren't there when I painted it the first time, so I don't know what happened there.

Anyway, if it's a beater that you really don't care that much about, save money and do it yourself. But if it's nice, you're going to keep it as long as possible, and it's more than just a work beater, ie: drive it on trips, dinner, etc, then have it done professionally.
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I just picked up a 2019 f350 standard cab 8í bed it has a really great looking spray in liner .
It seams like itís has 3/8Ē of spray on it .
But I just like the plastic drop in liners .
I payed 270 $ for a plastic liner just to be safe .
I use the bed in my truck .
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Raptor by Upol is my preferred liner.
Herculiner if not as interested in a professional looking finish.
Duplicolor spray cans for odd jobs/uses. It works but is nowhere near as tough as the previous two.

The most important thing, and I cannot stress it enough, is prep.!!! Most products work ok-great but even the best is ruined by poor prep.
And trying to get bad bedliner off is a nightmare unto itself.

The professional places have a decent product but cost a premium. If you go that route, I usually prefer Line-X to Rhino liner. Their product is less lumpy and Iíve had better luck with their UV resistance.
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Have it done. Line-x is the best in my opinion. Do it right, do it once. The DIY kits aren't going to last. Then you will end up paying to have it removed and pay again to have it done again with the proper materials.
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