Jim Walczak Updated July 12, Whether you use your pickup truck for work or play, its bed leads a rough life. Herculiner brush-on bed liner makes it relatively easy to protect your vehicle, and at about half the cost of having a liner installed at the dealership. Before you start the project, we strongly advise purchasing some extras. Preparation by properly deglazing and roughing up the surface is the key to a durable, long-lasting coating.
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Fortunately for truck owners, there are many options for protecting the bed, with the simplest and most common of these being the standard drop-in plastic liner. However, these too come with their drawbacks. Water, dirt, or worse can easily get between the liner and bed, which can lead to rust. In extreme cases, they can also become detached from the bed, ending up along the side of the highway.
Thankfully, in the last decade, an alternative bed covering has come into the picture, providing excellent coverage and protection, great looks, and unmatched longevity.
Herculiner is the number one brand of DIY roll-on bedliners -- and for good reason. Because of its proprietary formula, Herculiner is able to bond to any type of material, including wood, aluminum, plastic, fiberglass, rubber, and even asphalt.
It also prevents rust and is resistant to gasoline, oil, and solvents. Wanting to give it a try for ourselves, we gathered up a Herculiner Bedliner Kit and set to work making over the bed of our Ford Ranger work truck. Overall, we were quite pleased with the results and are confident our bed will now outlive the rest of the truck, no matter what we toss its way.
Our test mule is a well-used Ford Ranger four-wheel drive that came equipped with a factory 2. This particular truck spent the majority of its life working the oilfields in Oklahoma and Kansas. And, like any good work truck, a toolbox and other assorted parts, pieces, and equipment have made the bed their home.
The original owners did a good thing by opting for the factory drop-in plastic bedliner, which left us with a near pristine floor underneath. Bed prep is key to a good-looking and long-lasting roll-in bedliner. With the old liner and toolbox removed, we started by first sweeping out the decades of dirt and debris that had built up. Next, we grabbed a hose and bucket and gave the bed a thorough scrub.
Once the bed was dry, it was time to rough it up with the provided scouring pads, which allows the Herculiner to properly adhere to the sheetmetal. This is one of the most time-consuming steps, but also the most important. Herculiner provides detailed instructions with each kit. With the Herculiner mixed well, the first areas that were coated were the corners of the bed, using the provided brush.
Next, using the roller and foam pads from the kit, we turned to the bed floor and other larger areas. While you could use other rollers to apply the Herculiner, these foam ones are designed to work with the heavy, rubber-impregnated material and ensure an even distribution. The work also needs to be performed outside; even with fresh air and a breeze, the fumes can be overpowering. The tailgate is last to be coated. After the first coat was completed, we waited an hour for the Herculiner to become dry to the touch, and then set about applying the recommended second coat.
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Herculiner provides detailed instructions with each kit. Yes, the Herculiner Coating can be used on an array of surfaces from concrete to plastic as well as an undercoating to ramp coatings, etc. First coat forms a good base. TORC events are a weekend long lifestyle where fans imerse themselves in their favorite pastime from morning to night. Because of its proprietary formula, Herculiner is able to bond to any type of material, including wood, aluminum, plastic, fiberglass, rubber, and even asphalt. Next, we grabbed a hose and bucket and gave the bed a thorough scrub. What is the material used in Herculiner?
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Shakalrajas The work also needs to be performed outside; even with fresh air and a breeze, the fumes can be overpowering. You should allow Herculiner to dry about hours before any light use and allow 24 hours for a complete cure. Fortunately for truck owners, there are many options for protecting the bed, with the simplest and most common of these being the standard drop-in plastic liner. RHM is a veteran Short Course team with over 19 years of successful branding through short course off road racing in the Midwest.
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