Bed Liner Paint Job Pros and Cons: Is it Costly?

If you’re planning to give your truck a bed liner paint job, you might want to take your time and think if it’s a wise decision.

We all know that an excellent bed liner paint job can transform the overall looks of your truck. It can also boost its ruggedness, which is helpful for those hit off-road more often.

However, truck owners who have tried bed liner paint job give mixed opinions regarding it. Some would advise you to stay away from it; others would encourage you to do it.

To do or not do it?

Deciding on which route to follow can be a mind-wrecking, right?

Join us below as we discuss the costs involved in doing a bed liner paint job. We’ll also weigh on the pros and cons of this process.

(And for the DIYers in the house, we’ll give you an easy guide on how to do it at the comfort of your home).

The cost of bed liner paint job

There’s no fixed cost for the bed liner paint job.

That said, the bed liner paint job cost can vary from $100 all the way up to $800 if you hire an expert to do the job for you. And in some exceptional cases, the cost can go as high as $1000.

Keep in mind that the amount you pay will heavily depend on the company you hire to do the job and their level of expertise. Your location can also affect how much you’ll spend for a professional paint job.

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If you decide to the paint job on your own, then you can spend approx. $80-120.

Quite cheap, right?

The biggest benefit of doing the pint job on your own is that you’ll get to save a significant amount of money that you can channel to other uses. Plus, you’ll learn something new in the process.

We’ll give you an easy to follow guide on how to do bed liner paint job later in this guide (keep scrolling!)

Bed liner paint job pros and cons

Probably the most important thing you need to do before you decide on doing a pint on your motorcycle is its advantages and disadvantages.

By weight the bed liner paint job pros and cons, you’ll be in a better position to decide if it’s worth it or not.

Let’s look at the good and ugly sides of the bed liner paint job…

Bed liner paint job pros:

  • DIY paint job is quite economical and will save you a lot of cash than hiring a professional for the job
  • It’s much easier to clean compared to the regular paint
  • Gives your truck a matte finish, takings its aesthetics to a whole new level
  • Bed liner paints come in a variety of colors, so you can to give you freedom of choice
  • Improves the ruggedness of your entire truck. This is especially helpful for truck owners who hit off-road more often.
  • Improves resistant to scratches, dings, etc.

Bed liner paint job cons:

  • The job requires skills and precision; if you don’t do it right, you might end up with undesired results
  • Using the spray gun with respirator can cause health issues to the user
  • The process takes time; you’ll need to give your truck up to 24 hours to dry completely
  • If you’re not careful during application, you might end up missing some areas such as the side mirrors, badges, etc. This can affect the appearance of your final product
  • You’ll need to do the job in a garage or closed place to ensure bugs don’t stick on the wet paint and make your work look unprofessional

A DIY Bedliner Paint Job Guide:

If you’re a DIY enthusiast and you’d want you to do the paint job on your own, this is your part.

Below, we’ll take you through a step by step guide on how to transform the overall looks of your truck, make it more rugged and resistant to scratches and dings.

NOTE: You should never be in a hurry to do a paint job on your vehicle. Set aside an entire weekend for this job.

Things you’ll need:

  • Bed liner: you’ll first need to pick the bed liner you wish to use on your truck. For his guide, we’ll use the U-pol Raptor liner (cost approx. $120). You might consider getting two kits if you think one won’t be enough. You’ll also need to choose between black and tintable options.
  • Spray gun: you’ll also need to get a spray gun for applying the liner all over your truck. If you’re lucky, you might get the spray gun included in your liner kit. Otherwise, you’ll only need to spend around $20 to get a new one.
  • Paint: you’ll also need to get the paint. This will depend on the color you pick for the liner kit above. If you go with tintable, then you should be able to choose the color of your choice.
  • Sandpaper & DA sander: as you’ll see in our guide below, you’ll need to sand scuff your vehicle surface before applying the liner to help create a more bondable surface for more appealing and long-lasting results.
  • A respirator (approved): to help shield you from the harmful particles that can take a toll on your health.
  • Masking paper: helps you cover all the parts you don’t want to apply the liner on, including the windows and side mirrors.
  • Automotive masking tape: used for masking off your truck.
  • Air compressor: anything around 60 gallons for a compressor should be enough for the job. However, you might need more depending on your specific needs.

Step-by-step guide:

Step #1: Prep your truck for the paint job

The first thing you want to do before you apply the bed liner involves preparing your vehicle for the same.

Firstly, remove everything from your vehicle—take out all your personal belonging and any movable items.

Secondly, grab the masking paper and tape and start masking off all the parts that you don’t want to apply the liner on.

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Quick tip: We highly advise you to do the masking slowly and carefully to ensure you excellently cover and adequately tape all the parts where you don’t want the paint job to go. This is because once applied, this stuff won’t be as easy to get off.

Thirdly, take the sandpaper and DA to scuff your truck surface where you’ll be applying the liner. As we said earlier, sanding enables your car surface to bond well with the paint for more appealing, long-lasting results.

Again, you’ll need to be extra careful when scuffing your vehicle to ensure you don’t touch the masking paper and tape with the sandpaper.

Finally, you’ll need to get rid of all the dust paint that has accumulated on your truck during the sanding.

Take one final inspection on your truck to ensure everything is ready and then head on to the next step…

Step #2: Time to spray the bed liner

This is the part where the actual bed liner paint job begins!

Before you begin applying the bed liner, go through the user instructions first to ensure you’re using it right. We said you should never be in a hurry to do this job if you want the best results.

The manufacturer will provide crucial info on the instruction manual, like how much to use and the amount of hardener to add to the u-pol bottle.

You’ll also need to shake and fix your spray gun…and then spray!

When spraying, you’d want to do it from top to bottom. This reduces the possibility of accidentally smearing or brushing up against the already applied bedliner. It also makes it easy to fix a run.

Other tips to keep in mind when spraying your truck with liner include:

  • Be sure to put on that respirator to keep yourself from inhaling harmful chemicals and particles
  • Apply the bedliner evenly. Take it slowly and neatly, and do it just as you’d paint your house. This step will dictate the outcome of your job.
  • Avoid making messes when spraying. Try to stay as neat and clean as possible. The little messes can add up and create a bigger mess that’s hard to fix. So, if the liner spills or drops, be sure to clean it ASAP!
  • The further you place your gun, the better the texture it’ll form on your vehicle surface. Experiment with your spray gun to find the right distance to use for the best results.
  • Ensure you keep all your supplies within reach. These include the bedliner (if you need refiling), extra rollers, rags, etc.

Step #3: Allow the bed liner to cure

When you’re satisfied with your application process, it’s time to let the bed liner paint to cure. Check what the bed liner manufacturer states reading the amount of time the liner will take to cure.

If no info is provided, you should give your truck a couple of hours to cure. And during the curing time, avoid touching its surface as you’ll interfere with the good work you have already done in the previous step.

Also, avoid getting in and out of your car during the curing period.

When the wait is over, you can now open your vehicle doors, the hood and do anything else you wish to with the assurance that you won’t interfere with the paint job.

Quick tip: consider removing the masking tape when the paint is still tacky to help prevent it from permanently sticking to your vehicle

Parting Shot

Bed liner paint job will not only give your truck a whole new look. But will also help make it more rugged and increase its resistance to scratches, dings, and so on.

Having outlined the bed liner paint job pros and cons in this guide, you should be able to decide if you should do it or not.

Keep in mind that the job requires some level of expertise and skillset for the best outcome. This means you’ll need to hire a professional to do the job for you. They’ll charge you approx. $100- 800, or up to $1000 in some cases.

If you’re a DIY enthusiast, you can follow the easy guide we have outlined in the above guide to doing the paint job at the comfort of your home. This will be way cheaper than hiring a professional. You might spend roughly $80- 120.

Remember to take your time when applying the liner and be extra careful with each step you take to ensure you get your desired outcome.

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