Are you looking into a bed liner for your truck but not sure if you want molded plastic, expensive spray on, or a do it yourself kit? I was unsure myself. In the end I chose the do it yourself kit Herculiner, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. It is a simple and low cost way to have a professional looking bed liner. You will have to do some light prep work for the product to adhere correctly.
Here are some helpful tips when using Herculiner:
When using the scuff pad be sure and scratch the surface really good, and be sure not to leave any un-scuffed areas. For faster results use an air sander with 300 to 400 grit sandpaper
When taping your bed off, take the extra time to get it right. Once it’s on and dry it’s not coming off!
Gloves are a must!!! I can’t stress this enough. I used it without gloves one time and it took 3 weeks or more to scrub off.
Make sure you wipe the area with Xylene or Acetone. This will clean the surface again and soften the adhering surface.
Have a plan of attack when you start applying Herculiner. (Section your project out) I found doing the front upright first is helpful, then move on to the side uprights, and then the bed its self. If Herculiner starts to get tacky it can be hard to work with.
Let it dry between coats! The package says it takes 1 to 2 hours to dry after the first coat. This is not always true. I have had it take up to 4 hours on the first coat.
With little work and some time, you can have a very clean and durable bedliner. Not only does it look good, it has withstood everything I have put it thru. That is saying a lot when I load the bed full of heavy firewood and still no chipping. It also makes the truck bed less slick as Herculiner has an abrasive texture to it. I also put Herculiner underneath the wheel wells to stop paint from chipping, and to reduce the chance of rust. So far so good!