As a Jeep and off-road enthusiast I find myself doing many projects outside of detailing that would preserve and enhance the function of a jeep or truck. I’ve done quite a few spray in bed liner projects for jeeps and trucks. I currently am the exclusive bed liner contractor for Happy Traills 4×4 in Atlantic Beach.
There are many liners out there all with different textures, chemistry and quality. When looking for a liner you want a material that is UV stable. Meaning it won’t fade, crack and turn chalky after a year or so in the Florida sun. The material I use is a 2 part urethane mixture that is UV stable and can be tinted to match your factory color or any color for that matter if you do not want black.
Its LONG lasting and dramatically improves the appearance of your truck or Jeep. This can also be used to spray rocker panels, bumpers, or any part you wish.
The key to any liner job is in the prep work. The surface MUST be scuffed just enough to where the shine of the factory paint is gone. That is to facilitate mechanical adhesion helping the material bond to the surface. This also removes any dirt, grease, grime or other that gets in the way of the material bonding to your vehicle.
As you can see on this 4 door jeep Rubicon extra prep was performed to remove the factory floor insulation. The shiny clear coat was scuffed down, and cleaned with acetone to remove any dust, oil, wax, grease or contaminants. Any bare metal is treated with self etching primer before spraying.
Here is another example on a YJ Wrangler. Before and after.
Here is a TJ Wrangler after sanding, cleaning, taping.
Afterwards the vehicle is carefully prepped with plastic to prevent any over spray.
As you can see, absolutely no shortcuts are taken in a job like this. All hardware is removed, door pins and latches removed, all serviceable bolts removed. Golf tees are placed in empty bolt holes to prevent overspray into the threads.
This is also a good time to add a detail package to the job. You’d be surprised how much more debris and dirt you can remove from seats and consoles once they are removed.
The same high level of prep work is done to trucks as well as jeeps.
About the product I use:
Most material that bed liner shops use range from thick rubbery compounds to epoxy mixtures. Some are hard some are softer. The material I use is a 2 part urethane mixture that dries hard. It is UV stable meaning it won’t fade or crack in the sun.
All liners are susceptible to wear and tear over the years. If you require a heavy duty coat of liner it is available or a different product for super heavy duty applications are available. For the average owner the regular application will give you years of service and look like new.
Email, text or call anytime to discuss your custom liner project!