Daily exposure to extreme temperatures, abrasive objects, and heavy cargo can all prematurely wear out your truck bed. Once a sharp object scratches your truck bed, the paint will easily chip off. This will then expose the metal to extreme elements. The scratch may not seem like a big deal right now, but after years of use, the exposed metal can easily rust. And we all know that rusty patches can spread as rust eats away the metal. If you don't keep the truck bed in top condition, don't be surprised to see rusty holes covering the surface. So before the situation takes a turn for the worse, equip your truck with a bed liner. Fortunately, this accessory is affordable and is available in many types. As a matter of fact, one of the most popular types today is the spray-on or brush-on variety. Compared to regular liners, this type offers better resistance against moisture, gasoline, solvents, and chemicals. If you just bought one but don't know how to actually use it, just check out the step-by-step instructions below:
Tools you'll need:
- Painter's tape
- Paint brush/rollers
- Spray-on container
Step 1: Clean the surface to be painted or sprayed on.
To make sure the bed liner paint will adhere easily, clean the surface to be sprayed on or painted. With a clean rag dipped in automotive cleaner, scrub away traces of dirt, grime, and other debris from your truck bed. Don't forget to scuff off marks and scratches for better paint adhesion.
Step 2: Tape off areas you don't want to paint.
Apply masking tape or painter's tape on areas you don't want to get paint on. Make sure that the tape you use won't leave residue when taken off and won't damage the surface of your vehicle.
Step 3: Spray paint hard-to-reach areas.
To make sure every nook and cranny of your truck bed is evenly covered with the spray-on liner, use a spray bottle to reach those hard-to-paint areas.
Step 4: Apply the spray-on bed liner on the remaining areas.
Once those hard-to-reach areas have been painted, focus on the remaining areas. With the use of a roller brush, evenly paint the truck bed until all areas are covered.
Step 5: Remove the painter's tape.
After all the areas have been applied with the spray-on bed liner, carefully remove the painter's tape. Be careful not to smudge the newly painted surface.
- For the ultimate protection, applying at least four coats of paint is a good idea.
- When applying more than one coating of spray-on liner, let the first coat dry for a couple of hours before applying the next coat.
- Once the paint job is done, don't place anything on the bed yet for at least three days to allow the bed liner to dry off.
- Make sure you to tape off all the areas you don't want to get paint on before applying the coats. Once the protective liner is applied, it won't come off after it has completely dried.