Tuesday, August 27, 2019


Spray-in bed liners are hard bedliners that are made to protect your truck bed. They are typically made from polyurea and polyurethane elastomer which sticks directly to the truck's cargo area. Spray-in bedliners will not fall out or shift as your truck moves. When installed accurately, they also block water, grime, and other environmental elements from damaging your truck bed. Most bed liners have a gritty consistency to them, to prevent objects from shifting or sliding around in your truck bed.

When it comes to picking the best spray in bedliner for your truck, there are several bedliner companies to consider. However, three top manufacturers typically come to mind. These manufacturers are ArmorThane, Line-X, and Rhino Linings. Explore the information below about each manufacturer:

ArmorThane – ArmorThane is the counterpart of Rhino Linings, and users consider it to be indestructible. There truly is no comparison between all the name brand bedliners and ArmorThane. Especially when you add in customer services and all the charity done by this company. They believe in giving back to those that made them who they are. This is not to take away from their fantastic work on bedliners. You will not find a better quality more indestructible.

Even in extremely harsh weather, movement within the truck bed with an ArmorThane spray-in bedliner is practically nonexistent. Tests show that even after spilling materials such as oil and lacquer thinner on this bed lining, no destruction was visible. No bedliner can stand up to the toughness of an ArmorThane Bedliner.

Reviews online also state that if you want to choose a spray in bed liner that would last your entire life, ArmorThane is the best option. Customers of the bedliner say that nothing seeps through this bedliner and no scratches are ever reported seen after several years.

ArmorThane lists the following benefits to their product on their website:
No scratching paint
Maximized cargo space
Wide range of colors and OEM color match
No worry with the fit; fits all sizes, shapes
No vibration or noise
No fading, warping, cracking
Easy to clean
Increased resale value

"ArmorThane shows Performance TV how to prep a BedLiner."

"Applying ArmorThane Bed Liners"

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2. Line-X – While people protest that Rhino Linings make the side walls look sagging, Line-X is a good choice for those who want them to look more molded in appearance. As compared to Rhino Linings, Line X seems to be more durable, especially for people who are going to use their trucks on a regular basis. Line-X keeps the truck looking flawless while Rhino Linings develops tears, and the texture is almost rubbery, which is off-putting to most that encounter it.

A territorial manager of a Line-X store confirmed that Line X is more durable than Rhino Linings because of a superior curing process. While Rhino Linings follow a low-pressure curing system which makes them less durable, Line X is made from a high-pressure curing system. According to their website, "Line-X's range of tough, durable coatings are guaranteed to protect your truck and more from the harshest of elements… In addition to customizing trucks and SUVs, we excel at delivering advanced protective coatings solutions with commercial, municipal, industrial, and manufacturing applications."

"2015 Ford Aluminum F150 Line X Bedliner Install"

"Removing Line-X Bedliner from a truck."

3. Rhino Linings – Rhino Linings is most well-known for its ability to decrease the road noise when it is used on the pickup bed. It is also a versatile product which can be used at a lot of places without any hassles. The brand is trusted and loved by truck owners because of its reliability. Reviewers of the product also praise the way only a hose is required to wash off the truck and make it as good as new after Rhino Linings has been used and things like bulk sand, Belgian Block, firewood and others have been carried. It's essential to get these linings from a reputable installer.

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Rhino Linings come with a lifetime warranty, but it's imperative to have a professional install the lining initially to ensure it's quality. The government experimented on various spray-on technologies for bomb protection, and as per that report, ArmorThane was the only one that passed the test.

Just like ArmorThane, Rhino Linings has been around for "more than a quarter century" and have gained distinction as "superior quality, strength, and durability" according to their website. They also have more than 2,000 independently-owned and operated businesses in almost 80 countries.

Friday, April 19, 2019

How is polyurea coating applied on concrete?

Performance of the concrete coating is 80% reliant on surface preparation. If the crust doesn’t stick, it isn’t going to work.

Always begin with a test to assess surface contamination, looking for such things as oils, acids, salts, and other elements that will impair the coating. Based on the test results, follow with the correct approach to preparing the surface.

Extract grease and oil first by using an excellent commercial-grade degreaser or a hydrocarbon dispersant. Make sure you research local environmental compliance specifications—some cleaners and waste byproducts can’t go down a wastewater drain. Full containment and offsite disposal may be required, which adds another level of complexity.

Next are chloride and sulfate removal. Again, consider local environmental regulations when choosing the product and process. Use a widely accepted, commercially available chloride/sulfate extraction product.

The purpose of proper surface preparation is to create a profile for a good mechanical bond for the spray-applied product. Shotblast the field area and use diamond grinders for edge detailing. Both of these are dustless methods using vacuum retrieval attachments. Strive to achieve a concrete surface profile of ICRI CSP3.

Before spraying, replace or repair caulking sealants and repair corrupted or spalled concrete surfaces that will receive new coatings. Cracks less than 1/8 inch get routed to a 1/2-inch V-groove. Fill the prepared cracks, expansion joints, and different transitions with a urethane sealant. This step is sometimes done after spraying if someone wants to exclude it from the warranty. Use caution here when working with inexperienced spec writers or owners.

Next, install the primer, usually a 100% solids epoxy at 5 to 8 mils, followed by broadcasting #20 aggregate into the wet epoxy. The total also can extend the primer recoat window, making the working time more suitable for the crew.

Bag off and mask the area as needed to protect against overspray. Make sure all of the fixtures and vertical surfaces are covered. In some cases, this might include using wiretaps where a clean-trimmed edge is desired.

When spraying, work with the owner and manufacturer to define the result, making sure the correct product is selected and applied based on the warranty required by the owner.

There are three significant challenges when spraying. The first is the overspray. This is all about common sense. Pay attention to what’s around you and how the wind is blowing. Skip this step, and you can have a lot of unhappy vehicle owners.

Next are pinholes that can transfer through the base coating during the first two minutes of spraying. If this happens, stop spraying and prime again. A solution to outgassing, which directly relates to pinholes, is to apply the primer in the late afternoon when the concrete is cooling off. This creates a vacuum effect, which will pull the introduction into the concrete surface pores and imperfections.

The last problem—spraying off-ratio—can create a big mess. If the equipment operator monitors carefully, he will know right away that there is a problem. Some of the newer equipment reduces the chance of these issues by incorporating data recorders and alarms that control heat and pressure ratios; some will shut the pump down if set that way. The fix for spraying material off-ratio can be hours of rigorous cleanup. Pay attention, and you will dodge that bullet.

Finally, avoid problems with plural component spray through preparation and training. Train your teams to diagnose problems in their early stages. Replacing a 50-cent O-ring is much easier than tearing out and replacing 3000 square feet of the bad coating.