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Anyone DIY truck bed liner?
« on: June 18, 2014, 09:05:41 PM »
If so, what product did you use, and how did it turn out? I'd love to have a spray-in liner, but it's not really worth it to spend the money for a pro job on a 14 year old truck. I've scuffed the bed and scraped off lots of paint since I bought it (it was pristine), but no rust yet. I saw the Por brand truck bed liner that is painted in - 2 coats, and it's tempting, but I'm skeptical that the results will be good.
http://por15.com/POR-15-OEM-Bed-Liner-_p_105.html

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Re: Anyone DIY truck bed liner?
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2014, 10:12:23 PM »
http://amazon.com/Shake-Shoot-Bedliner-Kit-Black/dp/B003L8K0V2

I won this stuff in a golf tournament about 5 years ago and it worked great. Was very happy with the results. It came with the spray gun also, very easy to apply. 5 years of mild abuse and it still looked good. I like por 15 for rust repair but haven't used the bed liner. I'm sure the por 15 would work good, just make sure you prep the bed properly and it will turn out great. Good luck

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Re: Anyone DIY truck bed liner?
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2014, 10:17:30 PM »
Thanks, I just might go for it once I get the 5th wheel hitch base taken out. Definitely needs to be done by someone with the proper impact wrench - hmm, I ought to ask my neighbor who seems to be running a car repair business out of his back yard...

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Re: Anyone DIY truck bed liner?
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2014, 11:45:08 AM »
I didn't know POR15 made a bed liner. I like their regular POR15 system. I used a roll/brush on product called Herculiner, and it works well and wasn't too hard to apply. The surface is kind of bumpy though, like it has little chunks of rubber in it, so it traps dirt if that's important.

I wonder if POR15 would send a sample of their bed liner on something, so you could get a good idea of what it looks like.


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Re: Anyone DIY truck bed liner?
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2014, 01:03:26 PM »
I love POR-15 and didn't realize they make a bed liner, if this product is anything like their core product POR-15 (paint over rust) it will not let you down. But if you compare the price of the rust prevention stuff, which i will say is awesome, to the bed liner, i would expect the opposite, but the POR-15 is far more expensive, so i would search the web for some reviews.

I used herculiner from Autozone to paint the inside of my tracker and i am happy with the results.

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Re: Anyone DIY truck bed liner?
« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2014, 03:10:48 PM »
Good to know! I will probably use the rust preventative on the wheels of my horse trailer too.

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Re: Anyone DIY truck bed liner?
« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2014, 08:49:40 PM »
Has anyone used bed liner on other parts of their car? My '95 Corolla still has lots of mechanical years left, and it's just starting to show rust in a few spots. I'm concerned about the areas around the wheel wells and bottoms of the doors, and I'm intrigued by the idea of coating those vulnerable areas in bed liner to delay rust by a few years.

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Re: Anyone DIY truck bed liner?
« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2014, 10:58:26 PM »
I did not want to destroy the factory finish on the bed so I bought a Bed Rug off Amazon. Very easy to install and works well.
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Re: Anyone DIY truck bed liner?
« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2014, 09:23:49 AM »
Has anyone used bed liner on other parts of their car? My '95 Corolla still has lots of mechanical years left, and it's just starting to show rust in a few spots. I'm concerned about the areas around the wheel wells and bottoms of the doors, and I'm intrigued by the idea of coating those vulnerable areas in bed liner to delay rust by a few years.

This won't really help delay rust. It will create a thick layer under which rust will spread, and may make it harder to see the spread. Sort of like undercoating, which works great until water gets past it.

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Re: Anyone DIY truck bed liner?
« Reply #9 on: June 20, 2014, 01:04:57 PM »
Has anyone used bed liner on other parts of their car? My '95 Corolla still has lots of mechanical years left, and it's just starting to show rust in a few spots. I'm concerned about the areas around the wheel wells and bottoms of the doors, and I'm intrigued by the idea of coating those vulnerable areas in bed liner to delay rust by a few years.

Yea don't use bed liner for this, but that is what POR-15 (Paint Over Rust) is for. It seals the rust and prevents it from getting worse.

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Re: Anyone DIY truck bed liner?
« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2014, 11:03:56 AM »
This guy:
http://tosimplify.net/2013/03/painted.html

painted his entire exterior of his vw van with tinted bedliner. There are details on the site, but you may have to search around for them. It was last year. So far he is happy with it. There is a post where he goes into why he did it, and details of where he bought it, also somewhere on the site.
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Re: Anyone DIY truck bed liner?
« Reply #11 on: June 21, 2014, 12:06:26 PM »
I have a similar but slightly different question: My old (1996, 200K miles) truck came with a plastic drop-in bedliner. There's nothing wrong with the bedliner except that I'm worried about water getting behind/under it. Is it worth taking it out and doing a DIY painted bedliner instead?

If it helps, I consider the truck to be in good enough condition to be a daily-driver (although I plan to stop commuting in it once I finish fixing my VW) and I have no plans to replace it in the foreseeable future.

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Re: Anyone DIY truck bed liner?
« Reply #12 on: June 22, 2014, 06:54:51 AM »
I have a similar but slightly different question: My old (1996, 200K miles) truck came with a plastic drop-in bedliner. There's nothing wrong with the bedliner except that I'm worried about water getting behind/under it. Is it worth taking it out and doing a DIY painted bedliner instead?

If it helps, I consider the truck to be in good enough condition to be a daily-driver (although I plan to stop commuting in it once I finish fixing my VW) and I have no plans to replace it in the foreseeable future.

I would consider removing the bed liner to inspect if there is any evidence of water/aka rust forming in the areas it sits. I actually prefered by plastic liner when i had a truck, for ease of sliding things in and out and it's easier to clean then the rough textured surdface.

It all depends on how long you plan to use the truck for and for what. Do you use it ofter for heavy loads or just the occasional trip to home depot.

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Re: Anyone DIY truck bed liner?
« Reply #13 on: June 22, 2014, 02:51:22 PM »
Yea don't use bed liner for this, but that is what POR-15 (Paint Over Rust) is for. It seals the rust and prevents it from getting worse.
I should have been more clear--I would wire brush/sand down the areas with rust before applying any bed liner! :)

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Re: Anyone DIY truck bed liner?
« Reply #14 on: June 22, 2014, 03:02:19 PM »
This guy:
http://tosimplify.net/2013/03/painted.html

painted his entire exterior of his vw van with tinted bedliner. There are details on the site, but you may have to search around for them. It was last year. So far he is happy with it. There is a post where he goes into why he did it, and details of where he bought it, also somewhere on the site.
Ooh, thanks for that link! So someone *has* done it, to a far greater extent than I was considering. Sounds like as long as you prep the surface properly, it can work...

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Re: Anyone DIY truck bed liner?
« Reply #15 on: June 22, 2014, 03:11:55 PM »
I have a similar but slightly different question: My old (1996, 200K miles) truck came with a plastic drop-in bedliner. There's nothing wrong with the bedliner except that I'm worried about water getting behind/under it. Is it worth taking it out and doing a DIY painted bedliner instead?

If it helps, I consider the truck to be in good enough condition to be a daily-driver (although I plan to stop commuting in it once I finish fixing my VW) and I have no plans to replace it in the foreseeable future.

I would consider removing the bed liner to inspect if there is any evidence of water/aka rust forming in the areas it sits. I actually prefered by plastic liner when i had a truck, for ease of sliding things in and out and it's easier to clean then the rough textured surdface.

It all depends on how long you plan to use the truck for and for what. Do you use it ofter for heavy loads or just the occasional trip to home depot.

I would classify the hauling as closer to "occasional," but when I do haul it's as likely to be compost from the dump (or concrete chunks to the dump) as it is anything from Home Depot.

As an aside: that van is awesome! And inspirational for the more nomadic Mustachian, I think...

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Re: Anyone DIY truck bed liner?
« Reply #16 on: June 22, 2014, 03:33:00 PM »
I've done bedliner for the cab of an old truck. The key was prep work. I think I used Xylene to clean up the old paint prior to painting. The only spot that went bad was the brake fluid leak that I couldn't find until the new paint was applied (ie operator error).

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Re: Anyone DIY truck bed liner?
« Reply #17 on: June 22, 2014, 04:38:06 PM »
Thanks all! I will definitely go this route, and post an update when it's done. Could be next week, could be next year.

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Re: Anyone DIY truck bed liner?
« Reply #18 on: February 01, 2017, 02:29:06 AM »
I used a brush on Herculiner for my truck, and it works well. You can easily use for your truck. The surface of your truck after using truck bedliner is looks great. It can be protect your truck bed from the damage caused by the heavy goods.

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Re: Anyone DIY truck bed liner?
« Reply #19 on: February 02, 2017, 06:00:49 PM »
I have a similar but slightly different question: My old (1996, 200K miles) truck came with a plastic drop-in bedliner. There's nothing wrong with the bedliner except that I'm worried about water getting behind/under it. Is it worth taking it out and doing a DIY painted bedliner instead?

If it helps, I consider the truck to be in good enough condition to be a daily-driver (although I plan to stop commuting in it once I finish fixing my VW) and I have no plans to replace it in the foreseeable future.

I would consider removing the bed liner to inspect if there is any evidence of water/aka rust forming in the areas it sits. I actually prefered by plastic liner when i had a truck, for ease of sliding things in and out and it's easier to clean then the rough textured surdface.

It all depends on how long you plan to use the truck for and for what. Do you use it ofter for heavy loads or just the occasional trip to home depot.
I've got a 95, 80k miles (looks brand new) with the deop in bed liner. I like it because its easy to sweep out, and things slide out easily. (Too easily: left a whole load of stuff in the middle of traffic one frosty morning, all tied neatly together, when the anchor point pulled out.)

I have no concerns about water infiltration. I figure it will be sold with the liner in, and the pristine paint beneath it will protect from rust.
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Re: Anyone DIY truck bed liner?
« Reply #20 on: February 11, 2017, 10:56:12 AM »
Anyone know if there are differences between "stone guard" paint and "bed liner" paint? I've seen rough texture bed liner paints and then versions which have a nice bumpy finish similar to "stone guard" paint.

Planning to use stong guard paint in the wheel wells of an old car when I paint it.

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Re: Anyone DIY truck bed liner?
« Reply #21 on: February 12, 2017, 06:35:23 PM »
Any opinions on Monstaliner vs Herculiner? There seems to be a lot of trash talk both ways out on the internet.