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Icon14 Helps with paining panels :: Bed liner paint for lower panels

Hi everyone, i was hoping to get some advice, ideas, and feedback about something i came across the other day. I saw someone painting the lower panels of their ranger with bed liner. It made me interested because of the look of it. I was hoping that someone has any knowledge about doing this. I would do this more more aesthetics than use, but ive heard it can protect against rust and rocks. I would love feedback, thank you!

Picture of my truck(old picture but will work) and a picture of the idea
I circled the area where i would do this in blue on one of the pictures.
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You would probably also need the black wheel well trims to make it look good

Get some car wax and Black Masking tape
Wax the area to be painted and then put on the Black masking tape to cover that area, wax is so tape can easily be removed, so up to you, tape residue will come off with solvent and elbow grease

You can then visualize what it will look like and decide if you need the wheel well trims or not
Also what you will do at the tail gate, rear bumper won't line up with Black area like front bumper does

Rust usually comes from the inside out
Outside is primed and painted and that stops the rust, but backside probably isn't, and rocker panels can get water trapped inside which is why it is a common rust out area.
So no, this won't help with rust unless outside paint is damaged already

Rock chips are another story, yes thicker paint will hold up better to this

Paint needs a good surface to bond to, that's why Primer is used
Primer bonds to metal better than regular paint but primer deteriorates fast in sunlight
Regular paint bonds to primer and holds up better in sunlight

Clearcoat bonds to paint but nothing bonds to Clearcoat, lol

So for best results you will need to sand down the area you want to paint, remove the Clearcoat
And areas that show bare metal will need to be Primed
Any rusted area will need to be sanded down to bare metal then treated with Naval Jelly(kills the rust) then Primed
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You would probably also need the black wheel well trims to make it look good

Get some car wax and Black Masking tape
Wax the area to be painted and then put on the Black masking tape to cover that area, wax is so tape can easily be removed, so up to you, tape residue will come off with solvent and elbow grease

You can then visualize what it will look like and decide if you need the wheel well trims or not
Also what you will do at the tail gate, rear bumper won't line up with Black area like front bumper does

Rust usually comes from the inside out
Outside is primed and painted and that stops the rust, but backside probably isn't, and rocker panels can get water trapped inside which is why it is a common rust out area.
So no, this won't help with rust unless outside paint is damaged already

Rock chips are another story, yes thicker paint will hold up better to this

Paint needs a good surface to bond to, that's why Primer is used
Primer bonds to metal better than regular paint but primer deteriorates fast in sunlight
Regular paint bonds to primer and holds up better in sunlight

Clearcoat bonds to paint but nothing bonds to Clearcoat, lol

So for best results you will need to sand down the area you want to paint, remove the Clearcoat
And areas that show bare metal will need to be Primed
Any rusted area will need to be sanded down to bare metal then treated with Naval Jelly(kills the rust) then Primed


Thank you! but I was thinking about this today and thinking of not doing bedliner, but maybe plastidip instead. Would that look better, i think it would be cheaper as well. Also i believe you can remove plastidip.
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Never used Plastidip so can't say

But it has been my experience that anything that "can be removed" will not hold very well, lol.
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