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Spray-On Protection

Posted in How To on August 21, 2002
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Contributors: Randall JachmannMark Dustin

One of the biggest problems off-roaders face is how to protect their truck's bed from daily abuse. The inevitable scrapes and scratches can definitely be the start of long-term problems such as rust and corrosion.

The first method of bed protection lies in carpet kits and drop-in bedliners. For a few hundred dollars, your truck bed could be protected. However, this quick and easy solution to the bed protection problem has its drawbacks -- rubbing and condensation, either of which could lead to rust and corrosion. Because of this, the fit is not custom and allows the kit or liner to vibrate when the truck is driven. Over time, the vibration points will wear through the paint and expose the bare metal to the elements, eventually causing rust.

In the early '90s, spray-on bedliners came onto the market. These liners offered the first true, custom fit in the bedliner industry. They spray into the truck bed, bonding instantly. The key to this new technology is the airtight and watertight seal. This means no more rub spots, rust, or corrosion in your truck bed. Spray-on bedliners are also maintenance free, and with the growing improvements in the industry, the liners are now offered in a variety of colors and can even be color-matched. The color coats contain or have added UV stabilizers that eliminate fading, including the regular black material for liners.The use of this technology is not just limited to truck beds. The polyurethane material can be used on bumpers, rollbars, rocker panels, trailers, and entire truck bodies. Since the material creates a watertight/airtight seal, it is the perfect finish for boat trailers and boat decks.

Not only are the spray-on liners the best choice in bed protection, they also increase the value of the truck. With all this to offer, the best all-around choice is a spray-on liner. We will showcase three different spray-on bedliners that are available. While all have slightly different attributes, they all end with the same result: saving and protecting your off-roader's body parts.

Line-X
With the price of a good paintjob costing several thousand dollars, why not cover your truck in Line-X protectant? In this application, we decided to protect an entire Bronco, giving it an unusual, custom look. This makes sense if you do a lot of 'wheeling, but hate the damage that it does to the paint.

The Line-X material creates an airtight/watertight shell on the body, making it ten times stronger than paint alone. The durable material can also handle being scratched, unlike paint. If a mishap should occur, any authorized Line-X dealer can fix it good as new.

Another benefit of the Line-X protectant is its ability to damp noise. This old Bronco definitely makes its fair share of noises out on the road, but with this thick coat of material, most of the road noise is blocked out. The material molds precisely to every curve on the Bronco, leaving the shape exactly the same. To top off the Line-X material, a coat of blue ultra shield is sprayed on. The ultra shield prevents the blue pigment from fading or changing colors after prolonged exposure to UV rays.

The skills of Patrick Johnson at Line-X's corporate office in Santa Ana, California, were called upon to handle this labor-intensive, custom job. In a few days, the old Bronco had a fresh new look and was ready to roll.

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Perma-Tech
If you're looking for liner that can protect in a variety of conditions, then Perma-Tech is the liner for you. It is the perfect combination of impact resistance and cargo stability.

The spray-on liner bonds instantly to the truck bed for a custom fit that won't vibrate. The 1/4-inch-thick coating resists the extreme conditions of the planet so there's no need to worry about it cracking or warping.

The Perma-Tech liner has a droplet-textured surface that helps keep cargo in place. Its super-pliable properties allow the liner to absorb impacts and remain bonded to the bed when dents occur. If it should be damaged, any authorized dealer such as Perma-Tech of Santa Ana can repair it in no time.

All Perma-Tech liners include a UV stabilizer that prevents the color from fading. The liners also come with a limited lifetime warranty that will cover any damages to the liner over time.

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Rhino Liner
Rhino Linings' Tuff Stuff polyurethane coating provides a permanent layer of protection that withstands the most rugged conditions around.

The Rhino Liner is sprayed onto the bed, as much as 1/4-inch thick, instantly forming a permanent airtight and watertight seal. The flexible, textured surface reduces cargo slippage and will not crack, warp, or peel under extreme temperatures such as drop-in liners have a tendency to do.

The Rhino Lining is environmentally safe and solvent-free. The maintenance-free Rhino Lining also resists petroleum products, fertilizers, and most chemicals, should they come in contact with it. If an accident should occur and the Rhino Liner is damaged, it can be easily fixed.

When looking to purchase one of these liners, look for authorized dealers such as Rhino Linings of Corona & Norco. They are factory-trained installers who know how to do the job right in as little as three hours.

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