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Old 07-15-2018   #1
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Bed Liner on Frames

I have a new welded steel frame that I need to protect. I don't want to go the powder coat route because I may want to make some changes.

Has anyone used a DIY bedliner and if so, how did it hold up?

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Old 07-15-2018   #2
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Ive seen impressive results DIY style with raptor liner, not on raft frames but on auto stuff and it seems very good for the price.

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Old 07-15-2018   #3
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Welding changes? I would not want to mess with removing Line X or whatever bedliner to grind and weld or sand down to get fittings to fit. Plus, seems like it would be abrasive against the raft.
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Old 07-16-2018   #4
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I've used tintable truck bed liner on lots of stuff - cat side boards, inside of my dory, bottom of my drift boat, etc. I think it's a great product for the river. Tough, durable water proof and has a good grip. Line-x from a dealer is much tougher than the home applied stuff (I use Raptor tintable) but either are pretty bomber. As mentioned it would be tough to remove om a frame clean enough for welding but I'm pretty sure you could do it. Get the gun - it does a much better job than trying to roll on
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I wouldn't like something that rubberized/tacky. I think it's either going to tear up your straps or your straps will tear it up....but that's my personal preference. I haven't seen it used to coat a frame, but if you do it, please do report back and let everyone know how it works.

That said, a wire wheel should take it off fairly efficiently if you do want to make changes. A friend of mine had a hitch mount spare tire/kayak rack on his 5th wheel and the previous builder had used spray-on bed liner. I made some changes for him and it wasn't an impediment to making new welds.

I like POR-15 primer, POR HardNose Paint, and GlistenPC clearcoat. I did my frame 6 or 7 years ago, and it's held up really well. It does need a recoat where the frame rubbed the tubes over time (and road dust didn't help). There are two dings where either a rock or a drybox chipped the paint, but otherwise, it is all super glossy and straps slide great on it. It also has barely marked the boat--really only in the corners with the aforementioned dust/rubbing.

If your base metal was galvanized, do a quick wipe with muriatic (swimming pool) acid. It will etch the galvanized, cut the shine, and give paint a much better surface area to bond to.
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Old 07-16-2018   #6
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POR-15 primer, yellow HardNose paint, and gold pearl mixed into the clearcoat.

This was brushed on.

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