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Simulating a sprayed-in bed liner

Q: I am trying to come up with a way to simulate a sprayed-in bed liner in the model truck I am currently building. Do you know of a way I can do this?

I thought I might be able to do it if I spray a heavy coat of paint on the bed, but I am worried about runs.
Thanks in advance for your help. You have a great magazine. Please keep up the good work.

- Kim Ogier
Fort Worth, Texas

Ken: How could we resist starting off with a question that ends with such a nice compliment?

Kim, a commercial sprayed-in bed liner can easily be duplicated in scale, and you don't need to apply a heavy coat of paint to do it; what you need is a textured coat of paint.

You can do this several ways, with just about any type or color of paint.

If you're using an aerosol can or airbrush, hold the bed a little farther away than you normally would when painting. This will cause the airborne paint particles to dry on their way to the surface, which will create a texture when the paint hits the bed.

It may take a while to build up a suitable layer to simulate the commercial bed liner, but it can be done. (You can also use this technique when you need to create fabric seat covers.)

I know several modelers who place interior components in their spray booths while they paint other things; the overspray settles on the pieces and eventually creates a suitable texture, which is then resprayed to achieve the desired color.

There's another way to do this, too.

Most paint stores now carry extensive lines of aerosol texture paint that can be used for any number of artsy applications, included simulating bed liners. When you're deciding on what to use, be more aware of the texture that the can produces than the color of the product. You can respray any surface to change its color after you get the right texture.

Thanks for the great question and the nice compliments, Kim. Let us know how it works out.


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