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Jan

Why ArmorThane Is The Best Bedliner Company

WHAT IS ARMORTHANE?

Is ArmorThane just a material? Is it a style? A fad? Is it a method? ArmorThane has evolved into the go-to company over the years for bedliners. The process has become generalized—a synonym of sorts—the same way the masses say “Kleenex” to describe tissue paper.

We have often heard the inaccuracies: “I will get the bed ArmorThane’d. My friend is doing it for me in his garage.” While that friend may be coating the truck’s bed, it’s not the real deal if he isn’t an ArmorThane technician and utilizing the company’s proprietary materials and equipment. That truck is not getting ArmorThane’d. In a nutshell, the bed is being coated. Period. That’s how it should be phrased.

SO, WHAT IS ARMORTHANE?

Before we get into the process, let’s examine at the chemical itself first. For clarity, we spoke with Garry Froese, owner and operator of ArmorThane Corporation, who provided insights about the substance. “ArmorThane is a coating system based on a proprietary two-component spray elastomer,” says Froese.

It’s neither paint, plastic, nor rubber. The A and B properties are:

  • Isocyanate.
  • A hardener.
  • Resin (that comprises 12 different components)/polyurea in barrels.

“Unlike other bed lining products, there are NO volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the ArmorThane chemical. There are only solids, no solvents, which means the substance reacts instantly. It’s solid within four seconds after it is applied to a surface—something that cannot be replicated with canned DIY coating products. Because of this quick reaction, applying ArmorThane truly is an art,” Garry says.

HOW ARMORTHANE IS APPLIED

A spray gun is a device that conducts an “impingement mixing” process, where Components A and B are heated to approximately 130-210 degrees Fahrenheit and collide under 2,000 psi of pressure at the tip of the gun. The strong coating blasted into the bed is the result of this reaction.

Rob is a master ArmorThane installer with 13 years of experience. After starting the reactor, he immediately begins spraying the bed, moving quickly with side-to-side sweeps and using his own (counting the number of passes over an area) method to gauge the consistency of the application. 

BOLD, DURABLE FINISH

Rob finishes the job with the spraying achieved by removing the masking materials, reinstalling the tailgate, and validating the job through a thorough inspection and a digital thickness gauge. The ArmorThane treatment is typically 1/8 inch thick. While Black is the traditional pigment for the coating, ArmorThane can blend body color and custom colors for specific applications.

CONCLUSION

We are extremely pleased with the final product. The ArmorThane coating immediately brings “modernity” to our old rig, and, more meaningful, it adds protection for the bed floor, sides, and rails against scrapes and dents caused by payloads. 

If you would like to learn how to become an ArmorThane applicator, fill out your info here, and someone from ArmorThane will get in contact with you.