I bought myself a used OEM bed extender of a local classified for $80 without mounting brackets. One of the straps was missing the screw and barrel to hook into the tailgate so I shopped around and got these two kits from Bell Offroad.
AMP Research 74605-01A Bed X-Tender/Moto X-Tender mounting kit.
Amp Research 74603-01A Bed X-Tender/Moto X-Tender strap latch kit.
Since it was a bit banged up and to work with my no chrome black/white theme of my truck, I decided to paint it flat black. Decided on one of the truck bed coatings instead of spray paint as I thought it would be more durable that way, while better looking.
1x 80 grit 3m sanding pad/sponge.
1x 150 grit 3m sanding pad/sponge.
Tremclad Grey Primer http://www.rustoleum.ca/CBGProduct.asp?pid=203
Rustoleum Truck Bed Coating http://www.rustoleum.com/CBGProduct.asp?pid=367
Took it apart, taped parts I did not want to be painted. Cleaned and scuffed it up pretty good with both sanding pads. Cleaned thoroughly again. First I sprayed several coats of grey Tremclad Primer. After that I sprayed several coats of Rustoleum Truck Bed Coating.
Here are some pics of the progress:
1) Tremclad Grey Primer sprayed on.
2) Rustoleum Truck bed coating sprayed on.
As of right now I have the extender fully assembled again. I'm quite happy how it turned out. The texture looks very nice, but I'm not too sure about the durability of this yet. While assembling it, I had to slide in the plastic stanchions and I managed to scratch the finish in few places. I touched up wherever needed, but I'm still debating how to make it more durable.
Would a clear coat be a good idea for this?
Once this is done I will proceed to mount the bracket kit on my truck and will post more pictures of the finished product on the truck itself.
Stand by for updates.
3) Finished painting and assembled again.
4) Rustoleum texture:
5) Added pipe insulation for transporting kayaks so they don't scratch. Not the prettiest, but will do the job I hope.