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Anyone have long term experience w/ spray in liner

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by trailmaker, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. Jan 5, 2009 at 7:22 AM

    trailmaker [OP] Well-Known Member

    Dec 2, 2008
    northern ca
    4wd reg cab
    I just bought an 04 4wd reg cab w/62000 miles for work around the property. It has no frame rust and a well maintained engine so it should last many, many years with the low mileage I'll be putting on it. I was thinking of Line-xing the whole thing since the engine may outlast the body. Has anyone had Line-x or any other liner for a really long time? How did it hold up? If Line-x only lasts 10 years or so then I think I'll wait until the body looks like it's about to go and then Line-x it. Any feedback appreciated.
  2. Jan 5, 2009 at 8:03 AM

    Janster Old & Forgetful

    Mar 25, 2007
    First Name:
    Lancaster, PA
    2016 GMC Canyon SLT w/ LineX and....
    I used the Herculiner kit on my 96 tacoma bed (& did rock sliders with it).
    You can buy the kit in the department stores for like around $100 (back in 99). It includes everything you need to do it yourself. It's a messy job but I think it's worth it. I also did two jeep wrangler floors with it.

    The Herculiner isn't gonna be as thick as the professionally sprayed stuff. So - it can gouge it or scrape it off when or if you drag really heavy objects across it. If you do gouge it or scrape it off - you can easily paint over those spots without any prep work involved. They have Herculiner in quart cans for small areas and touch-ups.

    I had a tonneau cover on it, so majority of it was protected from the elements. The *over-the-rails* portion was fully exposed to the elements.

    After 5 years - the stuff that was exposed to the elements (over the rails) did fade and the thin black part actually washed away (weird). The chunky rubbery stuff stayed intact. I bought a quart can and repainted over- the -rails and it was good as new.

    It's a cheaper alternative to the expensive kits. If you buy an additional can, you can make it thicker..... but honestly, it's probably just better to touch-up areas that get thin over time.

    If you decide to roll this stuff on yourself - ask me about some hints/tips before you do it. :D
  3. Jan 5, 2009 at 8:44 AM

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

    May 8, 2008
    First Name:
    Tenoe, AZ
    2013 Rubicon Unlimited,
    4.10 gears, sliders, and lots of buttons.
    I have had my truck beds sprayed, and they seem VERY tough. the only way I was able to puncture one, was when I was lowering a tranny/transfer case into the bed of my Dodge, and the cherry picker I was useing broke a pin, causeing the load to fall about 2 foot down onto the bed. The output shaft poked a hole thru the bed liner, and thru the bed of the truck. Other than that, anything I have carried has been unable to puncture the liner.
  4. Jan 5, 2009 at 5:16 PM

    vette-kid Member

    Dec 26, 2008
    Navarre, FL
    99 4X4 SR5
    3.5" Fabtech suspension lift
    I have had a professionally done Line-X in my bed for 5 year now...still looks as good as new. And I abuse it! Just as a side note, these dont rust out like the old Toyota pick-ups did. My 99 has nearly 130k on it and the body is still in great shape (aside from a few tree limb scratches). Wash it once in a while and wax it once a year and it should last as longs the motor.

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