What Supplies do You Need for a Bedliner Paint Job?
So you’ve decided you want to paint your car or truck with bedliner such as Raptor Liner, but you’re not sure what supplied you need to complete the job. No problem! I’ll break down all of the items I think are essential to get the job done right and end up with a great bedliner paint job.
As usual, please keep in mind this may not be a comprehensive list, it’s just my recommendation based on the bedliner paint jobs that I’ve done. There are lots of resources out there, so do plenty of research before you begin. That being said, here’s my list of supplies I think you’ll need to get your bedliner paint job done!
The Right Space
First of all, if you’re planning your bedliner paint job, it’s important to make sure you have the right space to actually do the paint job. This can be a little subjective, but think it through and make sure the area you have to work in is adequate. If not, you may want to make arrangements to do the job somewhere else. Keep in mind that spraying bedliner produces quite a bit of over-spray, which is less of an issue if you will be rolling it on. Even rolling can lead to drips and a mess, so be mindful of that if you are in an apartment or on someone else’s driveway.
Sanding / Scuffing
The next thing on the list is the materials you’ll need to properly sand and/or scuff the surface of the vehicle. You want something pretty aggressive – I’ve used 80 grit sandpaper as well as red Scotch-Brite pads with good results. You may also opt for a wire wheel on a drill if you have a lot of rust or other materials that need to be removed. Buy a little more than you think you will need, they don’t always go as far as you think, and those nooks and crannies take a more attention than you might imagine.
Cleaning / Prepping Supplies
Cleaning and preparing the surface might be the most important supplies for any paint job, including the application of bedliner. Of course, you will want a good detergent soap such as dish soap or car wash, but be sure it doesn’t contain any wax additives. The idea is to strip the oils from the surface, not add them on. You will also want to pick up plenty of solvent for wiping down the vehicle and cleaning the equipment. Many DIY bedliner products are soluble with Xylene, but check the specific product you’re going to use before purchasing your solvent. For cleaning the surface, I’ve has excellent luck with Acetone as well. If you’re painting a complete vehicle you’ll go through a lot so you probably want to buy a gallon to ensure you don’t run out halfway through your project.
Finally, be sure to get everything you’ll need to mask the vehicle and protect the surrounding area from over-spray. Blue painter’s tape is my preference, although there are several options out there. I don’t recommend you use cheap brown masking tape however. It’s too hard to remove and will leave a ton of residue. In addition to tape, you’ll want newspaper or other masking paper to mask of lights, windows, and other areas you don’t want over-spray. I highly recommend you also pick up some plastic drop cloths to protect the surrounding areas. The bedliner over-spray can really travel, so be extra careful and cover anything you don’t want covered in bedliner. It’s hard to remove!
Bedliner isn’t too hard to work with, but’s it’s very unforgiving if it gets on your skin or clothing. Be sure to have some clothing set aside that you don’t mind sacrificing. I highly recommend wearing a long-sleeve shirt, nitrile gloves, and even face / eye protection just to be safe. Keep in mind you’ll also be working with strong solvents that you really don’t want to come in contact with. This is another case when you really want to be extra careful and take the necessary precautions – I think you’ll be glad you did.
I hope this list helps you get the supplies you need for your bedliner paint job. Don’t rush it, get what you need and plan everything out accordingly. You’ll have a much better end result with less mess in the end. For more tips and hints, be sure to check out my step-by-step guide!