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Advice on painting the plastic bed

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas' started by Ownage, May 6, 2013.

  1. May 6, 2013 at 9:37 AM
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    Ownage

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    My truck's bed is starting to fade and in general looks kind of beat up so I want to respray it black. I want something durable like a bed liner but I do not like the texture. I am afraid rattle can will flake and chip off when I put stuff in the bed. Some guy at http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd-gen-tacomas/4548-spray-painting-bed.html mentioned shoe polish. Any advice on painting the bed?
     
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  2. May 6, 2013 at 9:42 AM
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    Cmurder

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    Lets see some pics. OEM bed mat is black. Throw that thing in there.
     
  3. May 6, 2013 at 9:48 AM
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    Thanks that dye looks pretty good. Have you ever used it? How many bottles do you think I need?
     
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    i'd look into rhino lining it before I painted it.

    Not sure how well it'll hold to the plastic but worth the look.

    Maybe a 2part epoxy?
     
  5. May 6, 2013 at 10:12 AM
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  6. May 6, 2013 at 11:37 AM
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    I spray some back to black on mine every now and then. Brings back the shine and makes the bed look almost new.

    Keep in mind, it is a work surface and any restoring you do perform will come back off quickly after some use.
     
  7. May 7, 2013 at 5:21 AM
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    Do you ever get any residue on items you transport in the bed after doing that? I used Back to Black on my '02 Tacoma's fender flares and they always seemed to be a bit tacky until the first wash.
     
  8. May 7, 2013 at 7:19 AM
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    If you give it a night or two to dry there are no residue issues.

    I have thrown stuff in the bed right after and it leaves a clear "film" on whatever touches it. I've just learned to give it a little time.
     
  9. May 7, 2013 at 9:10 AM
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    What I understand is none of the spray-on liner places will warranty a tacoma bed. Because they know its only a matter of time before it starts to chip off after its been applied
     
  10. May 7, 2013 at 3:30 PM
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    If you want to repaint a plastic bed, it can be done. The key is prep-work. The plastic bed must be cleaned VERY well, to include being wiped down with a degreaser product. After that you can apply a coat of adhesion promoter, then a good primer. After that dries, use the proper automotive paint that has had a flexible additive mixed in. Then your clear coat.
     
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