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Tough Haulin’

October 29th, 2009

0607_st_rhino_bed_liner_01_thumbRhino Linings Shows off their Bedliner Stylings.

Trucks help keep our lives moving. From hauling lumber to hauling dirt bikes, personal projects, and a thousand other things that require more than a backseat for mobility, pickups come to the rescue every time. Unfortunately, when trucks are used to the maximum potential, the scratches, dents and war wounds in the bed remain as clear indicators of a truck’s seemingly endless service. There is no doubt about it that trucks are put to the test day in and day out in various regions of the world; however, just because your truck bed is used for hauling more abrasive materials does not mean it has to look like it has been hit from all sides with a baseball bat. Before you say the words “drop-in bedliner,” stop right there. Drop-in bedliners are archaic units that can do more harm than good to your bed. With a drop-in bedliner moisture can get caught between the liner and the bed floor and rust is the result. The new approach in bed protection is to apply a sprayed on liner. Rhino Linings is one of the main players in the sprayed on bedliner game and utilizes a detailed process to ensure that a durable and aesthetically pleasing liner is the result. Recently we paid a visit to a local Rhino Linings facility and followed along with the application of a Rhino Linings bedliner. The results were exceptional, making this bed box upgrade a great thing to add to your customizing list. Follow along as we take a banged up bed box to a whole new level of cool with Rhino Linings.

Source Box:

Rhino Linings
740 E. Lambert Rd.
La Habra, CA 90631
(562) 697-0197
Dealer near you (800) 447-1471
www.rhinolinings.com

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We visited Rhino Linings of La Habra. California. This shop not only offered premium custom bedliners but also a variety of custom accessories as well.

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The freshly sprayed Rhino Linings bedliner looks great and is ready to provide years of rugged duty.

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First a nylon cup brush was used on the end of the die grinder to get the bed surfaces roughed up for good solid adhesion for the liner. Acetone was then used to properly clean the areas where the fiber tape was laid to designate where the edges of the liner would stop.

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The fiber tape was applied along the edge of the tailgate jamb to designate where the bedliner will stop once applied. Inside the tape exists a small fiber wire that when the job is unmasked will create a fine and clean line for the liner. Next the fiber tape is run along the bottom side of the tailgate jamb.
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Since we arrived at Rhino Linings while two trucks were in progress we decided to collaborate the efforts and show you the difference between prepping a truck for an under-the-rail liner and an over-the-rail liner. Here, store manager Victor applied masking paper to the top of the bed rail cap on a Ford super duty. This truck will be getting an under-the-rail liner so the bed rail caps must be masked off. Victor runs masking paper up to where the bedliner will stop at the tail end of the bed sidewall.
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Masking paper is applied down below the tailgate area to only allow the bed liner material to flow where we want it to. Extra care is taken at Rhino Linings to wrap up the rear bumper and trailer hitch to prevent overspray. Victor stretches masking paper over the entire bedside to protect the paint from overspray once the truck goes into the Rhino Linings spray booth.
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Since the Silverado was scheduled for an early pickup it went into the spray booth first. The bed was completely wiped down with acetone prior to being backed into the booth. The Silverado was scheduled for an over-the-rail bed liner so it was masked accordingly to allow material to flow over the rail. More prep time, including additional masking and the use of more material, increases the cost of the over-the-rail option.
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Fiber tape was applied along the edges of the tailgate to designate where the liner would stop and paint would begin. The truck is finally in the booth and ready for Victor to do his thing.
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All the tailgate jambs are wrapped and the tailgate will be given a few passes with the spray gun after the liner is applied. Just the bed of the truck is backed into the spray booth and a sheet of plastic is draped over the cab and front end for safety’s sake.
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This particular truck received Rhino Linings Tuff Stuff mixture, which is a commercial grade material that is sprayed 1/4-inch thick on the bed floor and 1/8-inch thick on the sides. All Rhino Linings bedliners come with a lifetime warranty. After the liner was applied, the fiber tape was pulled and a clean edge was the result.
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Victor de-masked the tailgate and prepared to mount it back on the truck. The finishing touch was the Rhino Linings signature brand tag. Do not be fooled by imitations!

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