Truck bed liner paint job

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  1. Tank_Snake

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    So I got my 2000 xlt for a whopping $400...breaking the bank right. Everything works, literally it runs like new and all the. Electronics work without hiccup. I like a good looking, functional and tough truck. This bad boy has zero rust and most everything is looking good except the paint...the southern California sun took it's toll pretty hard.
    I've dealt with a faded green for a while and the perfect opportunity to get the paint redone crossed me.

    Truck bed liner...looks cool, tough, relatively easy to apply....why not?!

    I went down to my local autozone, picked these things up
    Rags
    Acetone
    150 grit sand paper
    Duplicolor bed liner kit which includes:
    1 gallon of liner
    Roll on applicator
    Paint tray
    Brush
    Scuff pad
    Stirring stick

    Total with military discount was $115 so not bad.

    Let's begin

    Like everyone says prep work is the most important step. Luckily with liner. Eh you can do a half decent job prepping.

    In advanced. Sorry I didn't take pictures of all of the steps. My bad guys!

    Step 1: Wash your truck!!!!
    Step 2: dry it and if you can use an air hose to get all water
    Step 3: clean the surface with acetone
    Step 4: use the sand paper and scuff pad to completely scuff the truck. You can't skip this step......
    Step 5: tape off any area of the truck you don't want painted. This stuff wipes off super easy when wrt. If you make a mistake
    Step 6: wipe with rag, then do acetone again
    Step 7: use brush or rattle can liner to get any super hard To reach spots like door cracks and window edges.
    Step 8: let dry 1 hour...dont skip this
    Step 9: stir and shake the shit out of the can. Trust me it's a pita to stir perfectly
    Step 10: use roller to apply 1st coat, this stuff goes far so don't worry about filling spots in yet.
    Step 11: let dry for as long as it needs to not be runny
    Step 12: apply 2nd coat and hit any spots where the truck color is visible. This coat should be thicker and it should almost be black by now
    Step 13: let it dry, I used a hair dryer to freeze dry some of the spots where liner didn't stay due to gravity.
    Step 14: if you need it. Or just want it and you have enough apply a 3rd coat
    This paint job may not be for all. But I think it looks awesome. And just to think I can go offroad and not worry about scratches now.

    Here's before and partial after.
    I got too tired and it got humid do I came in for the night. I'll post more tmrw
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    Here's what it ended up looking like this morning. I avtually am liking it. Super rough and feels really durable. Now time for the other side today. And roof good thing about this stuff is you can add to it and not worry about blending [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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    So here's some pictures of the can. I only ended up using half a can. I thought I'd use way more[​IMG]

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    And here's the final product!!! Turned out pretty good if you ask me :)[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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    That is probably thee best paint job for a expedition

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    Thanks! It turned out really cool. And I drive it through some bushes today. It didn't make a Mark

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    I have a 2003. And I just love it!

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    With as old as these are I don't see a point in making them look shiny and pretty. They are tanks with our years. Use it like one mlamd go have fun

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    Awesome! You've made her impervious to pretty much anything!

    Reminds me of a myth busters episode where they crashed a car with similar material painted on and it made the car tougher.

    Thank you for your service!
     
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    Looks good man.
    I been thinking of taking the carpet out of my 03 and paint the floor all bedliner.
    When we go Mud Boggin it's a pain n the ass to clean the carpet.
    With some sort of a Bedliner sprayed floor it would be jus a matter of rinsing it out with a water hose..

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