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  • Installing a truck bed storage system, spray in bedliner & window tint on to our 2004 Ford F250

Installing a truck bed storage system, spray in bedliner & window tint on to our 2004 Ford F250

Updating a Worn-Out bed Area with Decked Storage Systems and PCS Coatings

Jul 22, 2020
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The thing that makes trucks unique—and the number one reason people buy them—is the bed. Right now, you're probably thinking Thanks, Captain Obvious, but there is a point here. If trucks are that popular, so much so that they make up the majority of all auto sales in the U.S., then why don't we spend more time outfitting their bed areas? Admittedly, with all the excitement of the overland movement, things are changing, but we'd venture to guess that at least 60 percent of truck beds remain completely bare— devoid of any add-ons, upgrades, or accessories.
You might recognize this '04 F-250 as a sometimes project around here at Truckin, and we decided it was time to get its bed area looking better than new, after the years of abuse it endured working as a chase vehicle in Baja. The shell was still solid but filthy, and the tint on the glass was purple and peeling all over the place. The bedliner was sprayed in when the truck was new and had some divots taken out of it as well as being severely faded. Besides that, we'd always wanted some better storage solutions than just throwing everything in for a trip and dragging it back out when we got home.
DECKED is a relatively new company that busted onto the scene with its revolutionary bed drawer systems. The idea was as simple as building a lightweight, easily assembled version of the raised floors and hidden drawers people have been building out of wood and metal brackets for decades. DECKED Storage Systems are easy to install or remove, weatherproof, secure, ergonomic, and made in the U.S.A. The system's low-profile design leaves plenty of room for further outfitting of your truck as needed.
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Burt before we could put such a nice-looking system in our workhorse, we needed to make the bed area worthy! We started out at Toys for Trucks, in Hesperia, California, where we resprayed the 15-year-old bedliner with new material from PCS Coatings. PCS is the go-to alternative for small shops that simply cannot afford the high prices of the big-name franchises, and the product meets or exceeds those big names in every single aspect. After our bed was looking good, we reinstalled the shell and headed to AP Sounds & Customs for some custom glass tinting using Dub IR film. Besides the glass in the shell, the AP crew also tinted the door and Super Cab glass up front, adding to the full stormtrooper treatment of the truck. Finally, back at the shop, we made quick work of the installation of our new DECKED storage system. It was a long three days, but the results are worth it, and we're confident the bed area of our F-250 will look good and function even better for another 15 years! Check out the websites for more info on how to outfit the bed of your work truck or weekend warrior!
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