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Measuring thickness of your bedliner

DeFelsko’s PosiTector’s wide series of coating thickness gauges are perfect for measuring how thick the spray-on liner coatings are applied onto the bed of trucks made of aluminum and steel.

Background

Spray-on bedliner coatings are used extensively in both the automobile industry and in defense to offer protection from physical impact, chipping, abrasion and corrosion because of exposure, in addition to allowing for better slip resistance. These coatings generally consist of 100 percent polyurethane and 100 percent polyurea or a hybrid consisting of polyurethane and polyurea layers. They are applied to bed frames for trucks constructed of aluminum or steel. Several spray-on bedliner coating companies, including ArmorThane, Bullet Liner(TM), and ArmorThane, are available on the marketplace.

How Bedliners are used

Before beginning the spray-on procedure, the entire truck bed area is cleaned and sanded to ensure a solid bond is formed. Other steps include removing the tailgate and other components and covering the outside to protect from overspray. Using a nozzle in an area with good ventilation allows this protective coating to be applied with long, sweeping movements and left for drying between coatings.

Spray-on bedliner being applied to the truck bed.

An end-to-end texture coating can be applied to rough or smooth areas. To meet coating requirements for thickness, several layers of bedliner are applied to the entire surface of the bed. This provides a consistent texture and adequate slip resistance, even in damp conditions, after a short time of curing. This protective bedliner is now ready to be used in transportation.

The importance of measuring Bedliner Thickness

Bedliner coatings are usually between 3-6 millimeters (125-250 millimeters) thick. Sufficient coating layers must be applied to ensure that the overall layer thickness falls within the limits the coating manufacturer specifies. Insufficient liner thickness could result in the coating failing early and expose the truck’s bed to corrosion. Applying more than the recommended thickness is just an inefficient time and cost. Thus, a device capable of precisely measuring the thickness of the cured bedliner is essential for optimal efficiency and cost savings.

A Bedliner Measurement System from DeFelsko Solution

PosiTector coating thickness gauges are perfect for determining the thicknesses of the paint-on bedliner coatings applied on trucks made of aluminum or steel. In particular, these PosiTector FTS and PosiTector FTS 6000 instruments employ the principle of magnetism to measure and display total liner thickness applied to beds made of steel. This PosiTector FTS model uses both eddy current and magnetic principles to efficiently and accurately determine bedliner depth applied to aluminum or steel truck beds efficiently and accurately. Due to the rising demand for aluminum beds and beds made of aluminum, this PosiTector FNT offers the complete solution for application technicians.

PosiTector 6000 FT (integral), FTS (cabled), and FNTS (combination) probes

Making professional PDF reports with PosiTector 6000. PosiTector could not be simpler. Connect the device to your computer via an included USB cable. Access reports directly from PosiTector with a standard web browser or downloads the data for our robust PosiSoft Desktop software. Visit the PosiSoftSolutions section to find out more.

PosiSoft Deskop Custom PDF Report Generator

More details about this PosiTector 6000Thick Series are included in the brochure below, along with the full gage information available in the PosiTector Page 6000.