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Old 05-12-2012, 09:46 PM
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Post How to bedline various elements of your car

Over the past week the black plastic parts on my car have really been bugging me, especially because they are grey instead of black. I have heard a lot of people use bed liner to coat the lift gate strip. So i figured why not try it on that and a few other parts. Turns out the product works and looks great! Here is the guide of what i did so all you know how to do it the same way!

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Supplies:
-Can of Rustoleum bed liner (or equivalent)
-1000 Grain Sandpaper
-Dish Soap
-Sponge



Take whatever part you want off the car preferably and give it a good wash wish soap to remove any dirt and oil.


I chose to use the lift gate strip first and started to wash it clean. Next step if you take your 1000 grain sandpaper and start wet sanding with a reasonable amount of force to roughen it up for the paint to stick too.

Then after you gave it a nice sand wash it again and throughly dry it preferably with a microfiber cloth.

I then put the part on a piece of plywood and started to get the paint ready for application.





Now for the most important part; you need to use the can of bed liner about 12-15 inches away from the actual part. This is due to the fact that the bed liner sprays very thick. Just like with spray paint do a very light coat making sure you overlap after each spray line. Once the product is covered wait 3 minutes and apply a second coat making sure its another light coat.

1st coat


The amount of coats you apply really depends on how much you want to use. I used two coats and the part turned out great and is very durable.

After about a half hour the part will be very dry to the touch and ready for reassembly if your careful.

Finished Product


I was so happy with the results i decided to do a few other parts that were bothering me.

-Antenna

Again you want to lightly sand the part and tape off everything around the part. This is due to overspray that can land on your base coat of the car.

Finished Product


-Front License plate bracket

1st Coat


2nd Coat


Since the bracket was on the front of the car i did an extra coat to ensure durability and the parts look great.

Finished Reassembled Product


I hope you all found this useful. Remember your supposed to wait 72 hours for the part to fully cure before putting any pressure against it.
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Old 05-13-2012, 12:10 AM
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Re: How to bedline various elements of your car

Looks good man! Not to be a party pooper, but I have found the Rustoleum to not hold up very long. I much prefer the DupliColor Bed Armor! It is a little chunkier and doesn't scratch or chip off as easily.
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Looks good man! Not to be a party pooper, but I have found the Rustoleum to not hold up very long. I much prefer the DupliColor Bed Armor! It is a little chunkier and doesn't scratch or chip off as easily.
Haha damn! Let's hope it was only from your serious wheeling
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Haha! Possibly, but my brother hasn't had the best luck with it either. Time will tell, but hopefully your luck is better than mine!
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Re: How to bedline various elements of your car

Are either of these bed coatings UV resistant? Does the color fade over time? I've found that Herculiner fades quickly with sun exposure.
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Re: How to bedline various elements of your car

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Are either of these bed coatings UV resistant? Does the color fade over time? I've found that Herculiner fades quickly with sun exposure.
Not sure I've seen some cars where it has lasted years!
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Re: How to bedline various elements of your car

That looks really good. I actually used a product called "Back to Black" on my tail gate and front air dam about 6 months ago. I was really skeptical of this but It really brought it back from the faded gray to black an it is still that way. I have used it with great sucess on the trim and weatherstripping as well. Though what you have done will probably hold up better!
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I have used that on my old 88 Samurai and 91 XJ with good success, but I like the bedliner. It gives the Jeep a more rugged look!
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