Bedliners do a great job protecting your truck bed from abuse. However, once they start to peel, you quickly lose that protection. A peeling bedliner can also trap dirt and moisture against your truck’s sheet metal, which makes the problem even worse.
The only way to fix this is to remove the peeling bedliner and patch it. You can also remove the old bedliner and start fresh.
Keep reading to learn which option is best, and how to fix your peeling bedliner from the experts at LINE-X®!
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The Bedliner Removal Process
The process for removing a bedliner will vary based on what type of bedliner you have. We prefer to start with the least invasive approach and, if it doesn’t get the whole job done for you, use more aggressive methods to remove the more stubborn remainder.
Since the removal process will scratch the paint or even the metal, make sure that your budget for this project includes having your scraped bedliner painted or re-lined.
It might require a combination of techniques to completely remove your old bedliner. Experiment on a small area and find what works for you. Also, make sure to park the truck in an area where you don’t mind making a mess, and where it’s easy to clean up the old bedliner. You will likely have plenty of rubber debris in strips or small bits that will end up all over the ground.
Removing Bedliner for Replacement or Repair
Start with the cut and peel method. Use a stiff wire brush to remove loose and peeling bedliner from your truck bed, focusing on the damaged part of the bedliner or any part of the liner that might be more exposed.
If you need to remove more than just the damaged bedliner area you can try to grab a piece of the peeling bedliner and peel it off the bed. If this process works for you, try cutting the bedliner into long strips, and then simply peeling them away one at a time.
If the bedliner is really stuck onto the metal, you’ll need to use power tools, a chemical stripper, or heat to aid in the removal process. Keep in mind, some of these processes could be hazardous or damage the paint or metal behind the bedliner, so use caution. Always wear proper personal protection when working with power tools and have excellent ventilation when working with chemicals.
Your damaged bedliner didn’t completely peel off with the techniques mentioned above? Below are three more involved methods to try. The following options are a bit more in-depth and certainly more work, but they will get the job done:
- Wire Wheel
Use a stiff wire wheel on an angle grinder to remove the bedliner. This process is effective but can be tedious if you have to do an entire truck bed.
- Heat Gun
A heat gun will soften stubborn bedliners and allow you to either peel or scrape the bedliner off. After applying the heat gun, you can use a stiff putty knife, a scraping tool, or even a chisel to remove the bedliner.
- Chemical Stripper
Commercial stripping agents can soften certain bedliner materials to make removal easier. Keep in mind, some of the stripping agents will remove paint and also soften plastic, so it’s best to test them on a small area. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for best results. Generally, though, this involves applying the stripping agent on the bedliner, waiting for it to soak in, and then scraping the bedliner with a wire wheel or similar tool. The application process may need to be repeated a few times for full bedliner removal. Always wear proper safety gear when handling any chemical, including rubber gloves and eye protection.
Bedliner Removal Near Me
If you don’t have the time or patience to remove your old bedliner, take your truck to your local LINE-X dealer. We’ll take care of the removal process and prep the bed before we put on a fresh coat of LINE-X spray-on bedliner.
We’re so confident in our bedliners that they carry a lifetime warranty—you’ll never have to remove the bedliner again. If your spray-on bedliner is cracked, faded, or falling apart, make sure you check out our Bedliner Renew service for a fast, effective, and long-lasting repair.
When you’re ready for the best bedliner in the industry, reach out to your local LINE-X dealer!