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Old June 25th, 2012, 07:38 PM   #1
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Default roll-on bed liner as paint?

I have this project that is getting closer to painting and I need feedback on the roll-on bed liner kits out there. I have these huge wheel-wells and the entire underside of the body that needs a coat of something. I live on a couple of miles of gravel road and any paint is going to take a beating (I am planning on driving this thing and leaving the trailer at home). I have never used any of the kits out there for even painting a pick-up box let alone using the stuff as a finish coat on a car. Bad idea? One kit lots better than another? The hood and rest of the body that isn't going to be wooden will still be painted with automotive paint, I'm just looking at the wheel-wells and semi-hidden areas for the roll-on stuff.



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Old June 25th, 2012, 08:40 PM   #2
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I'm running a product called "Hippo Liner" in the bed of my Single Cab. It was sprayed on but could be brushed or rolled. It took a week to really set up to where a screw driver tip would only leave a faint trace and now (a couple of months on) its like iron. It's tinted to match my existing paint and looks pretty cool, in a stippled sort of way..
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Old June 25th, 2012, 09:43 PM   #3
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I've used both the "over the counter" bed liner kits normally available. One is "hurculiner" and the other is from rust-o-leum. The hurculiner was better in my opinion. Reason being, it has larger pieces of actual rubber. And the binder ends up being thicker than the other. If you have ever had a 2nd coat of rust-o-leum lift the first coat- then you know what happened to me one of the times I used it. I painted it over several week old RUST-O-LEUM paint, and it still lifted... I did have good luck with it over POR-15, but the rubber chunks are not really that big and the binder ends up more like just paint. You can use rocker coating from 3M. It is actually designed for what you want to do. From Summit- http://www.summitracing.com/parts/TRM-8874/ and you can spray it with a gun- http://www.summitracing.com/parts/TRM-8997/ or as a spray can- http://www.summitracing.com/parts/TRM-5910/ You can then paint over it with whatever color you like. Also, there are much better prices out there. It is cheaper at my local body supply house, plus I paid only $25 for the special gun there.
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Old June 26th, 2012, 01:50 AM   #4
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I have used hurculiner also. I used it on the the under side of a floor (30 chevy coupe) it worked great and I plan on using it again on the VW
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Old June 26th, 2012, 02:05 AM   #5
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I did the roll on liner for the whole frame, underside, running boards, and even inside that would be under carpet. I even did the underside of the Fleetwing camper. Now the running boards did fade a touch.

My first and only tip: what ever you get, SPRAY IT ON. Rolling sucked (time and how the finish looked). Go to HF and get a sandblast nozzel (gun) and just spray it out of the paint can.
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Old June 26th, 2012, 03:14 AM   #6
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What about the rubberized clear coat like on the bottom edges of the newer cars? Just paint the whole car then clear it and it will all be the same color and wont chip like plain ol' paint. The rough texture is hard to clean because dirt gets in it and I have had to use a tire brush and scrub it, Unless you want the bedliner look.
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Old June 26th, 2012, 03:24 AM   #7
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Yea. Its not going to be a smooth finish at all... rolling it on is smoother than the spray on. That I do know.
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We used Gator guard on the 2 bajas we did, sprayed it on, it was a rippled finish yet smooth, if that makes sense.
I think you can thin it just a little and it will flow out better, but being on the under sides, it may also drip. But it worked great for floors and fenders.
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I used Hurculiner on the baja bug I had. Seemed to hold up alright, was almost like running your hand over sand paper though.
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I did my subi. just go in one direction paint everything at one time. Then the second coat all at one time and the same direction. make sure you scrach sand all parts you paint or a chunk will lift. I painted some spots after it dried, You can see the spot as well as the spots painted in a diffrent direction. It still looks great.just a little faded.
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Old July 2nd, 2012, 02:11 PM   #11
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If your on Facebook, look up the Duplicolor page. They have some great projects going on and the roll on bed liner was one of them.
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