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What about roll-on truck liner coatings?

Roll on liner protection

If you don't want to go to the trouble of hunting down a nice custom liner for your truck bed, you can roll on, or spray on, a protective coating. Sort of like underarm deodorant. This will make your truck look spiffier and give it a tough, non-skid surface. Plus, it will cost you less. The roll-on version is simpler to apply than the spray on and results in a nice textured finish. Here are the materials you'll need to give your truck bed a thick new protective coat. Roll-on bed-protector kit, Electric sander, sandpaper and abrasive pads, Rubbing alcohol, Newspaper and masking tape, Socket wrench or screwdriver, Rubber gloves, Particle mask

How do I choose a custom truck bed liner?

Custom Linerology 101

There's a lot to consider when checking out a custom truck bed liner. It's sort of like buying a new suit for your truck. Well, maybe not exactly, more like a new union suit, but you get the idea. Here are a few things to look for: -resistance to snow, ice, hail, sleet, rain, mud, dirt, gas, oil, even battery acid. with this checklist, you should be able to get A new liner that works hard at looking good. -Colors: Major manufacturers, like Husky, offer gray, black, and tan to match just about any vehicle color. -Molded-in tread pattern that grips cargo to keep your cargo from slip-sliding away. -Tough polyethylene material that will stay soft even in extreme heat or cold.

How can I protect my truck's cargo bed better?

Custom Liners and Floor Mats

Your hard-working macho pickup may be built tough, like a rock, or even have a Hemi, but that doesn't mean you don't have to baby your baby sometimes. Whether you haul sand and gravel or granny's garage sale treasures your trucks bed and interior take a beating. To make sure that your cargo bed and truck interior are protected right, you can go the extra mile and get yourself custom made liners and floor mats. The truth is, no off-the-shelf protection can protect your vehicle the way custom liners and floor mats do.

How do I choose a custom floor mat?

Custom Floor Matology 101

There's more to choosing custom-made floor mats than meets the eye…or the feet. (Sorry.) It's sort of like choosing a new pair of boots, only different. Anyways, here are a few things to look for in custom-made floor mats.

-Should be made with the toughest rubber to withstand abusive foot traffic. (Duh!)
-Warrantied against cracking or breaking. Should be for more than a year. Most off the shelf products offer one year limited warranty.
-An exact fit. No folding or slipping allowed!
-Resistance snow, ice, hail, sleet, rain, mud, dirt, gas, oil, even battery acid. (Again, Duh!)
-Go with a proven brand, like Husky or a Weathertech cargo liner. With new custom floor mats in your vehicle, you may feel the earth move under your feet, but it won't be a problem. You can just wash it away with a hose.

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