Can You Paint Over Rhino Liner?

Wrestling with the idea of whether to paint your rhino lining bed liner?

If yes, you’re not alone. Many other truck owners are wondering if it’s good to paint over a rhino bedliner…probably to match the color of their truck bed to that of their truck?

For this reason, this topic has become a thread starter on online forums as well as Facebook groups.

In this quick guide, we’ll weigh in on this use and give you our thoughts on whether it’s a good idea to paint over a rhino spray-on liner.

What exactly is rhino liner?

To understand if you can paint over rhino liner, you first need to know what the liner entails.

Rhino liner is simply handed plastic mold that forms a protective coating on the bed of your truck to protect it against abuse resulting from everyday use as well as keep off weather elements.

Seeing the word plastic in rhino material might make you think that painting over rhino is impossible, right?

Not really…

With the right kind of preparation, you can be able to paint over rhino liner and achieve the desired look of your truck.

How do you paint over rhino liner?

Let’s take a look at the steps you can follow to successfully paint over your rhino liner paint and achieve your desired results.

What you’ll need for this job:

  • Sandpaper
  • Multi-purpose cleaner
  • Sponge or soft cloth (for cleaning job)
  • Painter’s tape
  • Spray paint gun
  • The paint you wish to apply

Follow these steps:

Step 1: Prepare the rhino liner surface

The first thing you need to do is prepare the rhino surface for painting. To do this, you simply use the sandpaper to help level the bedliner, remove any imperfections that might make the painting process a challenge.

Step 2: Clean the surface

Having properly leveled the bedliner, now it’s time to clean it to further prepare it for painting. We recommend you to use an all-purpose cleaner and a soft cloth or sponge to help you thoroughly clean.

Using a hose to spray down water on the liner will also make the cleaning easy.

Once you’re satisfied with your cleaning job, give the liner time to dry.

Step 3: Mask the liner surface

Now grab that painters tape and mask all the specific areas of your truck that you don’t wish to paint.

Even if you’ll be applying them paint with a brush, we still urge you not to ignore this step. The masking tape will help give you a clean, well-defined line between the unpainted and painted areas.

Step 4: Time to paint over the bed liner

How do you apply your paint? You can choose to do the brush or spray gun for the job, depending on the type of paint you wish to use on the liner.

In this guide, we’ll focus on the spray gun application method.

Load your spray gun with the paint and apply it to the liner, making sure to use the slow side-to-side and long paint strokes for the best results. Also, consider starting the job at one end and work your way all the way up to the other end.

Depending on the coverage you need, you might want to add several layers of the paint. The more the coats, the stronger a liner of defense against chipping pealing, etc. of the liner, the paint will deliver.

In this case, you should allow the first coat to dry completely before applying the next coat. This should take approx. 24 hours.

Step 5: Remove the masking tape

At this step, your job is done, and all that’s remaining is for you to remove the masking tape and clean up your work area.

Be careful when removing the masking tape to ensure it does accidentally chip the paint coat and send you back to the painting job.

Give the paint enough time to dry completely before you can start using your truck again. Check if the manufacturer of the paint indicates the ideal curing/drying time for the paint you used.

Pro TIP: You can give your paint job one final inspection before you leave it to dry. Be on the lookout for bare patches and chips and fill them in with more paint (use a thin brush for this job) to ensure your truck paint looks uniform.

Final word

It’s entirely possible for you to paint over rhino liner. For the best results, however, you’ll need to do the right preparation of the surface to be painted. Follow our step by step guide above to see how to paint over the rhino liner the right way and transform the looks of your truck.

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