Spraying VS Rolling – What’s The Difference?

A Bed Liner Coating will extend the life of your truck bed and improve its appearance. These coatings are easy to apply and will protect your truck bed from weathering, scratches, rust, and weathering.



You can use bed liners on truck beds, running boards and bedrails, as well as other metal, fiberglass, and wood surfaces. These coatings are available in a variety of colors.

You can apply it with a Roller/Brush or Spray Gun.



These products and procedures are available for purchase.

This product is designed to make it easy for you to repair and improve your vehicle yourself. Three types of Bed Liners are available for your project:

1. Bed Armor is a water-based, one-component coating that’s easy to apply.

2. Truck Bed Coating is a one-component solvent-based coating that offers the same look and protection as conventional bed liner coats .

3. Raptor Liner is a two-component coating which provides excellent protection and can be tinted to your choice of colors.


Please be Advised


These are not professional recommendations. They are intended to help you get your project off the ground. SprayedInBedliner.com can’t guarantee the results of any project or process step and cannot accept liability due to the numerous variables.

For incorrect product use or application. Always follow the product instructions. SprayedInBedliner.com can be reached at (844) 8888-6824 if you have any questions or need technical support.


Before You Start


Wear safety glasses, respirator, latex, nitrile, and/or particle masks to ensure your safety.

If you use power tools that emit high levels of noise, gloves and hearing protection are recommended.

Spray coatings and sanding should be done in a well-ventilated area.

Temperature should be warm enough for coatings and materials drying properly.

You should work in an area that is well-lit so you can see what you’re doing.


Equipment, Paint, and Other Options…

Red highlights the recommended tools, equipment, paint and materials for each project in the repair process. These Tools, Equipment, Paint, and Materials can be purchased.

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One-Component Bed Liner Coatings

Bed Armor(tm), a ready-to-apply water-based coating, is the best choice for protecting truck bed and other metals, aluminum, fiberglass and wood surfaces. The durable, water-based polyurethane coating is resistant to chipping, flaking, and has a black satin texture.


Truck Bed Coating, a non-skid and solvent-based, durable, black polymer coating is made from one component. It offers the same look and protection as a traditional truck bed liner but at a fraction the cost. Truck Bed Coating has been specially designed to protect truck beds, inner and outer fenders, tailgates as well as cargo vans, running boards, and step areas.

Prepare The Surface

Use a pressure washer and a broom to clean the truck bed and tailgate. Let dry.

* Use a Stiff Brush to remove all traces of paint or rust


Mask Area

Tape and Masking Paper can be used to mask the truck bed area. This will protect surrounding surfaces from paint splatter and overspray.

Cover or mask all hardware, drain plugs, and other areas on the truck bed or tailgate where you don’t want Bed Armor(tm), Truck Bed Coating or Bonding to.

Tip: You can als

Step 3 – Sand Surface

* Sand, scuff or scratch all areas of the truck bed or tailgate where Truck Bed Coating ™ or Bed Armor(tm), will be applied. A superior bond will be achieved by scrubbing glossy surfaces.

* Sand or scuff your surface by hand with 180 Grit Production Sandpaper, and/or a Red ScuffPad. Or by machine using a DA sander and a 180 Grit Sandpaper Disc.

* To ensure maximum adhesion, scrub or sand the edges of the masking tape until they reach the edge.

Step 4 Clean Surface

* Use a broom or an air hose to remove sanding dust.

Before applying Bed Armor(tm), or Truck Bed Coating, clean the surface with a Wax & Grease Cleaner.

Step 5 – Apply Primer for Bare Metal

Apply a primer to any exposed metal areas before applying Bed Armor(tm), or Truck Bed Coating.

Primer should be applied in 2 to 3 coats. Primer must dry completely.

* After drying completely, lightly sand before applying Bed Armor(tm), or Truck Bed Coating.


Roller Application

* Open the container of Truck Bed Coating or Bed Armor(tm), and stir with the provided stir stick.

Stir contents again every 10 minutes during application process.

* Pour bed armor(tm), or truck bed coating into a roller tray.

* Apply the coating to the truck bed & tailgate with the


* Apply the Truck Bed Coating or Bed Armor(tm), using a brush.

* Use the Roller to apply a light tack coat from the front to the back.

Allow the first coat to dry completely before you step back in the truck bed to apply the second coat.

After the first coat is dry, apply a second coat.


For complete coverage, two coats of Truck Bed Coating or Bed Armor(tm), are required.

* Any areas that are not covered can be repaired at any time.

Before removing masking tape, let Bed Armor(tm), or Truck Bed Coating dry for at least 2 hours.

* In 24 hours, a freshly coated truck bed can be ready for light-duty and heavy-duty use.

Use within 48 hours


Tip: You can buy the Roller Tray, Roller and Brush in a Kit (Dupli Color Truck Bed Roller Kit, PN TRG103 is shown right).


Clean up: A wet rag with Acetone is a good option to remove any truck bed coating (Truck Bed Coatings are solvent-based). Any unwanted Bed Armor(tm), can be cleaned with a wet rag and water. (Bed Armor) is water-based. You must clean the coating while it is still wet.


Before applying Truck Bed Coating(tm), or Bed Armor(tm), clean all tools. For future use, make sure that the lid is secured back on the container.

Spray Gun Application (using an Air compressor)

Before applying to a truck bed, spray a test pattern.

Tape or Masking Paper should be used to mask any surfaces that are not in danger of getting overspray.

* Apply a thin, wet coat of cover to the surface after testing.

* Keep a distance of 8-10 inches from the surface.

* Apply a second coat by working from the front to the back.

To achieve complete coverage, you will need two coats.

* Use Acetone immediately to clean up any equipment.


Useful Tip: If you own an air compressor, you could purchase a truck bed coating spray gun to apply the Truck Bed Coating or Bed Armor(tm).

Pictured right: (Duplicolor Truck Bed Coating Spray Gun, PN TRG102)


* The Truck Bed Coating and Bed Armor(tm), come in an Aerosol Can. (Bed Armor(tm), BAA 2010 Aerosol, and Truck Bed Coating Tr250 Aerosol are shown below.

The Aerosol Can can be used to spray a whole bed or just to touch up. You will need several Aerosol Cans if you want to spray an entire bed.

* For use at temperatures between 68o F and 90o F.

* Take a can of spray paint and make a test pattern on a piece.

* Keep the Aerosol Can at 8 inches

10 inches away

Spray a medium-thick coat of sprayable paint and allow to dry. Spray until completely covered.


Tip: Mask any surfaces you don’t want to spray too much.




Two-Component Bed Liner Coatings

Raptor Liner, a durable, two-component coating, can be used to protect trucks, trailers, boats and equipment. Raptor Liner is available in a black or customized color. Raptor Liner should be mixed with a coating + hardener and applied using a roller or spray gun (using an Air compressor). Raptor Liner cannot be purchased in aerosol containers.

STEP 1 – Clean and Prepare the Surface

Use a pressure washer and a broom to clean the truck bed and tailgate. Let dry.

* Use a Stiff Brush to remove all traces of paint or rust.

To remove any contaminants that remain on the surface, use a wax & grease remover.

Step2 – Mask Area

Tape or Masking Paper should be used to mask any surfaces that are susceptible to coatings or overspray.