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DIY Professional Grade Truck Bed Liner

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  • Estimated Time

    4 Hours

  • Challenge Level

    Intermediate

  • Tools & Supplies:

    • Professional Grade Truck Bed Liner Kit
    • Bucket of Soapy Water and a Sponge
    • 2" inch Synthetic Paint Brush
    • Broom or Brush
    • Paint Sprayer
    • Painter's Tape
    • Kraft Paper
    • Gloves
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The Rust-Oleum Truck Bed Liner Kit allows you to put a truck bed liner coating onto your pickup truck as an inexpensive way to protect against harsh weather, shifting toolboxes, and even moving equipment. 

Step 1:
Clean out the truck bed with a broom and/or brush to get rid of any loose debris and dirt. 

Step 2: Wash the truck bed with a bucket of warm soapy water and a sponge and allow the surface to thoroughly dry.

Step 3: Using the included sanding block, sand the entire area to be covered by Truck Bed Liner. Be sure to remove all wax.

Step 4: Make sure you're working in a well-ventilated area and using protective equipment and gear. 

Step 5: Mask off all areas that will not be coated. Cover any open drain plugs and or latch bolt holes with tape.

Step 6: Wear painting clothes, protective eyewear and supplied gloves – avoid skin contact. Thoroughly mix material in the pouch by massaging it back and forth and squeezing each side of the pouch. Combine components Part A and Part B by placing the pouch on the ground and rolling it from Part A side towards Part B. The pressure created by rolling the pouch will force the middle seal to burst allowing the two parts to mix together. Thoroughly mix the material by massaging the liquid in the pouch back and forth and squeezing the edges and corners for 2-3 minutes. 

Step 7: After mixing, wait 15 minutes prior to applying the coating. The product must be applied within 4 hours.

Step 8: Use a scissors to cut a small slit into the corner of the pouch. Pour some of the coating into a rolling tray. Stand the pouch with the remaining coating up in the box vertically to minimize spilling. 

Step 9: Starting at the front (wall by the cab) begin applying the coating to all corners and hard to reach areas using a brush. Apply with dabbing motions; do not use a brushing motion. 

Step 10: After the first coat is applied, apply a second coat after the first coat has begun to “tack up” (approximately 15-30 minutes). Although this product will cover in one coat, two coats are needed for maximum protection and appearance. If the coating has been applied and the temperature is between 50°-60°F allow additional time between coats. 

Step 11: Use the roller provided in the kit. Load roller evenly and apply, spreading smoothly. Finish up each vertical area only rolling in one direction.

TIP: Start your project with the sidewalls of the truck bed. Be sure to complete 2 coats on the truck bed side walls before starting the floor of the truck bed.