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Rust Never Sleeps: Rhino Linings

Create an Impenetrable Barrier with a Spray-On Bedliner

Todd Kaho
Apr 25, 2007
It's a terrible scenario, one that happens all the time. Imagine lugging two large dog crates in the back of your brand-new pickup for a few hours and, by the time you get home, you discover the bed's paint is worn completely through (even past the e-coat), right down to bare metal. A little rain or morning dew could be enough to start the rust process. How can you stop it from happening? Get a polyurethane bedliner installed, like one from Rhino Linings.
Unlike drop-in bedliners, the spray-on process forms a permanent airtight bond with the surface, preventing metal from being exposed to moisture. Drop-in liners protect the bed from dents, scuffs, and scrapes, but can also "sandpaper" the paint and trap moisture against the surface.
Photo 2/10   |   rhino Linings truck Bed
The material can be sprayed up to a quarter-inch thick, which provides considerable dent and ding protection. Rhino's polyurethane also is formulated to offer a cushion and act as a nonslip surface; it's even impervious to most chemicals, including gasoline. While many truck owners choose black or gray, the bedliner can be colormatched to the vehicle's paint. It can even be applied to a wide variety of surfaces, including plastic, rubber, fiberglass, wood, and concrete. It's an effective Jeep tub coating and can be used on everything from bumpers and rocker panels to the inside of trailers.
This isn't a do-it-yourself project. Rhino Lining is applied only by an authorized dealer. Here, an F-150 recently spent the afternoon getting a new bedliner at Rhino Linings of Central Ohio.
Photo 3/10   |   When installing the Rhino Lining, the first step is to remove the tailgate, tie-down cleats, and other obstructions from the bed. The entire truck is masked to prevent overspray from adhering to the painted surfaces.
Photo 4/10   |   Special masking tape with wire embedded along the side is used in areas that'll need a clean edge. After spraying the liner, the wire is pulled to cut the excess Rhino material. The tailgate will be sprayed off the truck, so masking and prep work are completed on a padded bench.
Photo 5/10   |   Once all the prep work is complete, the truck is backed into the booth and the Rhino Tuff Stuff is sprayed on. The special gun mixes the two-part urethane, applied up to a quarter-inch thick.
Photo 6/10   |   After pulling the wire tape and removing the masking, final trimming is done with a razor knife before the Rhino material completely cures.

Photo 7/10   |   Trimming out the bed is followed by torquing the bed bolts back down and reinstalling tie-down cleats and any other hardware that was removed.
Photo 8/10   |   Pickups that don't have top bedrail protection from the factory can opt for an over-the-rail application to guard this vulnerable area.

Photo 9/10   |   This Super Duty has gray Rhino Lining applied to the bumpers, fender flares, and bed for a durable, rugged look.
Photo 10/10   |   Another popular application is to line the inside of Jeep tubs. The Rhino not only seals the tub, but also provides sound deadening.

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