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Q: What's the best way to replicate spray-on bed liners in a model truck?

- Paul Aquino
via E-mail

Ken: Spray-on liners are an effective way to protect the bed of any full-scale truck, and there's no reason why we can't achieve that same look on our models. The textured look of a protective, nonskid liner can be duplicated by using any type of textured aerosol spray, available at most home centers, hardware stores, or craft stores. The secret is to find the finest-texture paint available.

One example that immediately comes to mind is Rust-Oleum American Accents Fine-Textured Base Coat; another is Scale Motorsport's Faux Fabrix, which can not only be used to duplicate fabric seat covers and interiors but is also perfect to simulate textured bed liners.

Spray the inside of the bed and tailgate with a suitable automotive primer to protect the plastic, then spray on your choice of texture paint. Don't worry about the color when selecting a textured paint; just find a product with the correct texture for your application. The traditional black or gray bed liner color can be sprayed on later.

As always, experiment with this technique on some scrap plastic to make sure you've found the correct texture and that the paint is compatible with your model.

Thanks for the question, Paul. Let us know how it turns out.


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