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Bed Has small hole and looks awful....thoughts?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by ryanf, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. Jan 4, 2010 at 2:34 PM
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    ryanf

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    Hey guys, I don't like composite beds, i have one but hate it...

    I have a small hole in a wheel well, bout 1/4 inch. Also its all cut up and stained from rocks, salt, material, sliding around back there....

    with a steel bed, i reweld, grind and spray in bedliner.

    Any ideas how to make my bed look nice again?
     
  2. Jan 4, 2010 at 2:54 PM
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    wow,u put a hole in your bed?that shits tuff.i thought.
     
  3. Jan 4, 2010 at 2:56 PM
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    sachou

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    Have you ever worked with fiberglass?

    In lieu of a welder, I usually go the other direction and use fiberglass to fix things. If you lay enough of it on it can get pretty strong while remaining light.
     
  4. Jan 4, 2010 at 3:03 PM
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    That sucks I dunno... fiberglass is about all I can think of too.
     
  5. Jan 4, 2010 at 3:05 PM
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    If spray-on liner will bond to the composite (no idea if it will, someone around here might know), that'll cover your stains/scratches.

    You can probably patch that hole with aluminum airplane tape (probably not the cheapest solution, but it should be fairly durable) and cover that with spray-on liner, but if you're going to keep hauling big rocks and heavy metal stuff without securing it from sliding you may need to re-patch it (a couple layers of AL tape in an "X" over the hole should be at least as tough as the composite bed if the glue will hold). Not sure what the smallest quanitiy you can buy is, but you should be able to find it (or someone that can tell you where to get it) at a muni or small-plane airfield with an on-site mechanic.
     
  6. Jan 4, 2010 at 3:05 PM
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    yea, Im a good welder, but fiberglass is not easy for me, yea its pretty tough but def not industructable, i think that was an ac unit slamming around back there.
     
  7. Jan 4, 2010 at 3:24 PM
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    You have to tie down everything with these composite beds, I learnt that the hard way but a fiberglass kit will solve your problem.
     
  8. Jan 4, 2010 at 3:33 PM
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    just patch it with fiberglass? Can you paint the composite? Yea I am ordering the bed mat now, which will at least limit the rest of the beating its gonna take, and tie down everything!
     
  9. Jan 4, 2010 at 3:38 PM
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    It's a small hole so I guess you won't have to reinforce it with clamps. I would just fiberglass, sand and spray paint.
     
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    How about two part epoxy. Might have to back it with something till it sets. Tape should work I would think. Just to fill the hole in, then sand smooth.

    Bed liner should work in these beds, Have seen numerous plastic parts sprayed with Armorthane and it seems to hold up fine as long as the surface is properly prepped.
     
  11. Jan 4, 2010 at 4:28 PM
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  12. Jan 4, 2010 at 5:36 PM
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    A pic would help.

    How bout drilling the hole, just to clean the edges, and installing a bolt and nut with a fat washer? That would distribute the weight out away from the damaged area and still look OK. Or you could order a new OEM tie down kit and have a handy d-ring. :cool:
     
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    idk the hole i got in mine just acts as another drain for the bed lol
     
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    Pic's would help alot.
     
  16. Jan 5, 2010 at 12:16 PM
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    JB Weld?
     
  18. Jan 23, 2010 at 9:21 AM
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    I've pics of beds with the spray in liners. Looks nice and am contemplating it for my truck. Rhino Lining will hold anything together.
     
  19. Jan 23, 2010 at 9:26 AM
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    I'm not sure how to fix it, but once you do.. Buy a bed mat?
     
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