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Other Uses for Line-X and Polyurea Coatings

Updated on February 11, 2013

Beyond the truck bed

Just about everyone who owns a pick-up truck knows that opting for a spray-in bedliner over a plastic one is the way to go, and if you don’t, trust me, it’s better. Aside from the obvious advantages for truck bed protection, such as a permanent coating, no ugly warping and chalky white oxidation, not everyone knows that spray-in liner material can be used for protection beyond the truck bed.


Line-X on rocker panels

Here you see the spray coating on the rocker panels of this SUV.
Here you see the spray coating on the rocker panels of this SUV.
A clean application almost makes the coating look like a factory option.
A clean application almost makes the coating look like a factory option.

Protecting the sides of a truck/SUV

Recently I had a customer who came in to have his bed sprayed, but found out that you can spray a lot more than just the bed. Because he lives in a rural country ranch setting, he is subjecting his truck everyday to brush and other vegetation typical of driving off road that can cause unsightly scratches and paint chipping to the sides and rocker panels of his truck. So we sprayed the sides of his truck and not only does it look good, it will provide protection from continued off road use. This is just one example of how spray-in coatings can be used, and depending on the creativity of the end-user, the applications are virtually limitless.

Restoring older vehicles

This old VW bed has seen better days, but once the rust is removed, a fresh coating will make it look new and protect it.
This old VW bed has seen better days, but once the rust is removed, a fresh coating will make it look new and protect it.
The spray-in liner not only made this rusty bed look better, but will protect it from further corrosion while still being able to 'use' it.
The spray-in liner not only made this rusty bed look better, but will protect it from further corrosion while still being able to 'use' it.

Vehicle restoration

For classic car owners whose vehicles have vinyl rooftops, but are sick of replacing the vinyl that will eventually crack and oxidize, consider coating it with the Line-X extra product that has Kevlar blended in which will not crack or bubble and will resist UV rays and other weather-related effects. Other brands offer simple top coats to resist fading, but the Kevlar seems to work the best. The coating will have a textured look that is very similar to the look of a vinyl top. This coating can also be color-matched, making white tops easy or any other color for that special, custom look. Spraying the beds of classic vehicles, such as old El Caminos or VW Bus pickups are great ways to make that classic look new and keep them from corroding. If you’re restoring a vehicle like these, you’re going to paint it anyway, so why go through all that trouble only to think later, how am I now going to protect that expensive paint job.

Spraying boat decks and trailers

These boat decks typically have to be refinished, but once it has been sprayed, refinishing is a memory.
These boat decks typically have to be refinished, but once it has been sprayed, refinishing is a memory.
Utility trailers can get scratched up and rusted rather quickly. The polyurea coating will keep that from happening and extend that trailer's life.
Utility trailers can get scratched up and rusted rather quickly. The polyurea coating will keep that from happening and extend that trailer's life.

Other uses for polyurea coatings

Own a boat or trailer? Ployurea can be coated on flat utility trailers and those small wooden decks on the back of boats. Aluminum boats, which don’t typically corrode, can get very slick inside when they get even just a little wet, mix in a little dirt and it’s a real mess. Polyurea coatings can offer a great semi-non-skid surface to make the inside of that aluminum boat more comfortable and user-friendly. Utility trailers topped with wood can be coated to provide protection from the elements and greatly extend the life of the trailer. Of course the latter example is one way people are now doing all they can during these tough economic times to avoid more costly purchases, such as a whole new trailer

Maybe you have an old toolbox, perhaps a nice, steel Weatherguard box that has stood the test of time, works just fine, but is showing its age. A fresh polyurea coating can make that box look new again, and stretch its life even further with permanent protection. Best of all, it’s a lot cheaper than buying a new box, especially when you’re talking about a $700 Weatherguard box.

Whatever the case may be, polyurea-based coatings can be used for a variety of applications. It can make old surfaces look new again, and offer extended protection. It can protect new surfaces that will ultimately be put through the test of time and the elements. Even the US military uses it for bomb-blast mitigation-yes, it’s that tough. So before you think about replacing anything old or ignoring what’s vulnerable, think about ‘spraying’ it first.

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      Jim 

      5 years ago

      I had some lower body damage done by a truck. So instead of paying the insurance pay-out of $4000 to paint, I paid $1400 for bed liner AND rock guard. I love linex paint match!!

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      Uro-Cover 

      7 years ago

      Buen recubrimiento para multiples aplicaciones.

    • Tom Zizzo profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom Zizzo 

      9 years ago from Santa Clara, CA

      DJGi-Good point, my shop just sprayed the inside fender wells of a big four wheel drive pickup yesterday. I'm in CA, but I agree that this stuff would be ideal in places where the roads are salted.

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      DJGi 

      9 years ago

      Don't forget it can be used as an underbody treatment if you live up north where they salt in the winter.

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