What kit would be best for a spray in bed liner that would closely match factory bed liner, and what would the mix ratio be?
This would be my first one… I’ve sprayed drywall and car paint before, but never a spray on bedliner.
The closest match to Line-X and other professionally applied bedliners would be our Diamondback Ultra Liner . You would be best to select the full size option to ensure you have enough product to provide professional quality results. If you have your own texture hopper gun, you could select the Diamondback Ultra Liner Without Spray Gun. This is also the simplest of the applications since it is a 1:1 mix ratio (1 part A, 1 part B), and the Poly Powder is only required to cut your cost per gallon since the product is very thick already.
The Poly Powder is part of most kits (this one included), and acts as a filler to thicken our standard bedliner products for faster vertical build, provide the ability to texture more, and cut costs since it is less expensive per gallon than the liquids. You can still incorporate some of the powder into the Diamondback Ultra Liner, but this product is much thicker than the standard products. You usually can’t incorporate as much powder, and may require a bit of lacquer thinner (NOT paint thinner) to get the proper consistency for your hopper sprayer.
We can also custom quote a kit with no powder, but this will be more expensive per gallon than the standard recommended mix. Simply get in touch with us at 855-545-4900 ext 902 for a custom option without Poly Powder if you like.
The process is pretty straightforward. You prepare your surface, mix the liquids a couple minutes, then add any powder you are using, spray the surface with as thick a layer as the verticals will allow based on your consistency before dripping. Repeat the spraying process as needed to get the verticals your desired thickness after waiting about 2 hours for the first coat to become thumbprint tacky. The final coat is your texture coat, where you will just be applying a “splatter coat” with the texture you prefer. You don’t keep spraying the final coat, just let it cure as droplets on the thicker first couple of coats.
Many of our customers have no experience at all applying drywall or other coatings using a spray hopper. By following the directions and/or calling with any questions, anyone can obtain professional quality results with these products. We are always glad to provide specific recommendations for your particular application.