Bed Liner -- Good or Bad?

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Bed Liner -- Good or Bad?

Post by rmel » Sat Aug 17, 2019 11:09 am

Been thinking of how I plan on gussying up the bed for my 712 project.
The bed is pretty free of rust but has the usual paint chipouts and wear.

Not sure what I am going to do just yet in terms of customization. For
starters I will either repaint or perhaps a bed liner such as U-POL Raptor.

I know that adhesion of these liners is poor over surface rust and can blister.
That shouldn't be a problem in this case with very little rust and proper
surface prep; 180 grit sanding and de-greasers etc.

Question for those who have gone this route, happy or regretted it. Any
recommendations on where to apply? Floor of the bed area only? Floor plus
side-walls? More? Would love to see some Pix's.
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Re: Bed Liner -- Good or Bad?

Post by pinzi » Sat Aug 17, 2019 1:34 pm

Raptor liner is great stuff, dont think you could go wrong with it :wink:
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Re: Bed Liner -- Good or Bad?

Post by VinceAtReal4x4s » Sun Aug 18, 2019 4:12 am

They cause rust eventually, or hide it anyway, unless you are in the SW maybe. I think the marketing if those kinds of products, and the somewhat blind adoption of them by pick-up owners, have made them seem like a good idea but when you really get down to it, why are they so good exactly? Seriously? Maybe you won't get a scratch from some theoretical impact at some point? So what? How is all that worth it?

I've never heard a good enough answer and definitely never been convinced that its a good idea on a Pinzgauer or Volvo. Lots of weight added, heavy costs, hides corrosion (which can start from the the other side!!), makes adding accessories harder, etc..

These 4x4's survived military service for 40 years and not one of them ever had a liner in them.

I'd usually refuse to consider buying a 4x4 with any bedliner and assume it's rusted underneath. If I did go for it, I'd spend 2 hours stabbing an awl into every possible rust spot which would then make rust even more likely later. ://

Paint it well and the next owner will thank you, and you'll likely get more money out of it to boot. Throw a rubber mat in it if you think you are going to jab it with something.
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Re: Bed Liner -- Good or Bad?

Post by rmel » Sun Aug 18, 2019 11:28 am

Well I suppose the advantages of liner is also the risk, that is, it goes on THICK and
is conformal. That's good at hiding chip outs in the paint, you need not spend all day
Saturday feather sanding and blending before you paint -- I liked that idea, hate
sanding, the look is kind'a nice too IMHO.

But the thickness also has it's downsides I suppose. It's a Polyurethane after all, so
can crack, chip out, and take gouges. You do need a very well prepared substrate
to bond to as well. I suppose there's never any good short-cuts ://
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