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post #1 of 8 Old 05-02-2008, 06:08 AM Thread Starter
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Bedliner for Bolt-Ons?

Has anyone used pickup truck bedliner for their crash bars, luggage racks and skidplates?

I scraped some of this stuff up pretty good a couple of weeks ago, it's starting to rust and needs straightening, so I'll be removing it and am considering using bedliner paint to refinish it.

Any suggestions or recommendations would be appreciated.

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I have used a product called Durabak which is used as a bed liner for other things that need a heavy duty coating. It comes in several colors and has a heavy granular texture. It is tough as nails when applied properly which means sanding with 100 grit sand paper and cleaning with xylol. It's a bit pricey but it works very well.
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Geez, that stuff costs like $80/gal and you'll only be using about a cupful. Not much economy there. I've got a new can out in the garage and I'm making a list of everything I'm going to coat once I open it -- still haven't found enough things to justify cracking it open.
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If the items will fit in your oven, paint them with a few light coats then bake them at 350 for a hour or so. Kind of stinks up the place but makes the paint much more resistant to scratches. Satin Black will look like powder coat finish. A large box of baking soda placed in the oven AFTERWORDS will absorb a lot of the paint smell. Don't know about any long term effects from paint fumes on food or not or not or not or not.....

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If the items will fit in your oven, paint them with a few light coats then bake them at 350 for a hour or so. Kind of stinks up the place but makes the paint much more resistant to scratches. Satin Black will look like powder coat finish. A large box of baking soda placed in the oven AFTERWORDS will absorb a lot of the paint smell. Don't know about any long term effects from paint fumes on food or not or not or not or not.....
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Ran this by the wife, her enthusiasm cannot be described with words.
I dont see the problem...doesnt bother my Yellow Lab at all

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If the items will fit in your oven, paint them with a few light coats then bake them at 350 for a hour or so. Kind of stinks up the place but makes the paint much more resistant to scratches. Satin Black will look like powder coat finish. A large box of baking soda placed in the oven AFTERWORDS will absorb a lot of the paint smell. Don't know about any long term effects from paint fumes on food or not or not or not or not.....
a variation on this trick I learned at college was that you can use a heat gun running over the paint as you're drying it will give it a powder coat look... but it requires lots and lots of passes of fine coats of paint and drying with a heat gun to look good.

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I used a can of the spray-on stuff by Dupli-Color, picked it up at the local auto parts store, on my self-made skid plate as well as my first storage tube. If I recall correctly it recommends 6 - 8 light coats, which I did on the skidplate, and I haven't seen any gashes through the coating yet. That's about 97% pavement experience, 'though.

It was pretty easy to use - came out evenly. I was only disappointed that it was more charcoal grey than black once it dried.

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