The more you haul cargo into your truck, the more it is necessary to protect its bed from dings, scratches, and all the tear and wear. The best way to do this is by learning how to install and remove truck bed liners. You can decide that it is time to change the current truck bed liner or at least, you now want to protect your truck bed with a liner, or a mat for your truck bed to do the work.
With its non-skid and tough construction, the liner will keep your truck bed looking good and at the same time, ensure that whatever you are carrying in your truck bed is secure and not getting destroyed. The great thing about all this is that installing and uninstalling a bed liner is a quick and pain-free process as long as you follow this step by step guide.
Things You Need
- The right bed liner to meet your specific needs.
- Water for cleaning the truck bed floor before installation.
Step 1: Choosing the Right Bed Liner
When you are planning to install a bed liner in your truck, it is important that you buy one that is going to make sure that the truck bed is covered fully first. It is a process that is very easy. There are various truck bed covers to suit your needs from the most trusted ones in the market in terms of business names.
With so many available to choose from, you will be able to get one that will fit your budget, your protection needs, and your style and taste. When your main aim is just to keep the floor of your truck secure from scratches and ensure that your cargo is given a little traction, then I can suggest you go for a rugged one because that is what I am currently using in my truck. But if your desire is to protect the entire truck bed, from the side walls to the entire floor and the wheels well, you will do well if you bought a full-blown bed liner.
Step 2: Installation - 5 Easy Steps
Now that you have chosen the bed liner that you want to install in your truck, the installation process is very easy. This is due to the fact that, every bed liner sold on the market is custom designed for your model, make, and the year of manufacture.
If you are going with a liner for your truck bed, then you will have to do is to place it on the floor of the bed of the truck and you are done. When you don’t want to use it, roll it out and store it in the toolbox. But if you want to install a truck bed liner that is full-size, use the following five steps to install (source):
You have to ensure that the bed of the truck is fully dry and clean. Before you install, you can take your truck for a good wash.
Line it up and place the cover into the bed of your truck; lining it from the front and side panels moving in the other parts. Once the front and the side are well in place, you can go ahead and secure the sections at the bottom into the walls on the sides. The steps may vary or they can include various hardware which will be dependant on the type of liner which you choose. If you have decided to pick on a one-piece liner, you will need to put it into the bed.
You will then have to attach the liner to your truck using the included hardware or fastener. This particular step might be different depending on the type of cover you have purchased. You will need to go through the instructions that come with your liner careful so that you know what to do. In case you have made modifications to your truck, you will have to do some slightly drilling or cutting into the liner in order to accommodate the mods.
To ensure that the edges are in good fit, you will need to examine all around your liner.
The installation is done and you are free to load your cargo in your truck bed with confidence knowing that, it will not affect your bed because it is protected.
Step 4: Removing a Truck Bed Liner
If you have installed a truck bed liner and you want to remove it, there are some steps which you will require to follow in order to do it smoothly so that you don’t damage your truck bed in the process. It might be because you want to clean underneath the bed liner and that is why you are removing it. Or you could be removing it so that you can do an upgrade of the bed liner. Whatever the reason, you will need to prepare yourself with some few hand tools that might come in handy during the operation.
Precautions When Removing Bed Liners
After removing the bed liner, if it was not a quality one, you are likely going to get some scratches on the truck bed which you will need to repair before you install another quality liner. You will need to be very careful when uninstalling a bed liner for your truck and when reinstalling because you are likely going to get your finger stuck under the clip. If you are not confident in doing it yourself, then seek the help of a professional.
Open the tailgate and scroll down into your truck bed. Locate the fasteners which are located around the liner. They are the ones which secure the truck bed liner on the bed. You are likely to find them along the top of the bed rail and around the tailgate perimeter.
You should ensure that you use the screwdriver to unscrew all of them on the tailgate liner and bed liner. The best screwdriver might be a Phillips head screwdriver because that is what I use on my track and it works perfectly well.
The tailgate should be lifted off the truck with your hands and place it off to the side where you deem to be safe.
The side panels should be pushed together with your hands, which should be the areas close to the tailgate. You can ask your friend to offer to you some assistance in lifting the bed liner out of the truck’s bed through the hole in the tailgate.
If you follow the above steps well, you will install your truck bed on your own without the need of assistance from a professional. You will do it in the shortest time possible, protecting your bed and within no time, you will be back on the road, carrying your cargo in confidence without worry that it will damage your bed.
When you are removing the bed liner, you should ensure to check if the fasteners used are screwdrivers or circle cups or small clips. If small clips or circle cups, you will find them located near the top of each rail. In case you have this design, you will need to be careful to remove them as well. If you are removing a bed liner in your truck, it could be time for an upgrade. You require a better bed liner that doesn’t require removal and there are so many on the market. Shop around and buy one that is good value for money and within your budget.