Your truck's exterior paint gives it protection and personality. To increase the paints protection and appearance, we apply compounds, polishes, and waxes. But the truck's inner bed, if not covered by a tonneau cover, is open to the elements and damaged from payload content scratching and denting its surface. Once the bed's surface floor, inner walls, and tailgate are scratched, the unprotected bare metal is subject to rust. Sure you can throw in a bed liner, but it will trap moisture between the liner and bed floor that will contribute to future rust. A plastic bed liner will also break down as it is exposed to the elements causing it to crack and split.
A Vortex spray-on bed coating creates a high-impact, durable, insulated surface that will permanently protect your truck's inner bed from the elements. Vortex protective coatings are five-times stronger than its competitors and is available in over 200 factory or custom mixed colors. The portable Vortex spray machine has a 10-gallon holding tank that heats and blends the 100 percent solvent-free polyurethane and polyrea materials before being dispersed through the hand held spray-gun nozzle. The Vortex machine applies the coating material under low pressure (10 psi) allowing for a very controlled spray, creating a uniform surface. Once the Vortex material makes contact with the bed's surface, a chemical reaction causes it to etch into the steel surface where it bonds and dries in seconds. The Vortex protection barrier coating can range from a 1/8-inch to 18 inches in thickness. After the Vortex coating is applied, it will not delaminate, peel, chip, crack, discolor, fade, or chalk.
Vortex provides the only mobile spray-on bed liner coating machine on the market today. The Vortex mobile unit allows you to roll it wherever you need it for whatever application you need.
We spent an afternoon at the Vortex west coast headquarters with President John Kott and his brother Mike, as they educated us on the Vortex spray-on system. Follow along as we photographed John and Mike while they prepped and applied the Vortex spray-on bed liner coating to the inner bed of the Eightball Rods and Choppers' '97 Chevy Silverado 3500 dualie.
To protect the truck's paint, polyurethane sheeting was used to cover the truck.
After masking off the bed, Mike and John used orbital sanders with medium grit sandpaper t
John wiped down the bedsides, wheel tubs, floor, bulkhead and tailgate with denatured alco
Trueline wire trim tape was used to create a razor edge masking barrier along the bed and
With the inner bed masked off and surface scuffed and prepped, it was ready for the Vortex
John fired up and adjusted the 110-volt Vortex KV-5006 self-contained mobile unit.
The eco-friendly non-solvent Vortex protective coating was applied...
...at only 10 psi that allowed it to be applied outdoors.
The Vortex coating delivered a high impact non-skid surface that gave the inner bed a nice
After the Vortex coating was applied, Mike removed the TrueLine wire trim tape leaving a r
Mike applied a coat of Restorz to help protect from UV rays that contribute to fading and
The Vortex polyurethane protective coating gave the '97 Silverado dualie inner bed a new f
Recently The EPA
(Environmental Protection Agency) has issued new rules for spray-on liner systems and mobile equipment surface coating requirements known as HAP (Hazardous Air Pollutants). The new regulations state that to apply a spray-on bed liner outside a federally regulated spray booth will not be allowed unless you have an exemption directly from the EPA. Vortex has received such an exemption as defined in 40 CFR Section 63.11180 and is fully compliant and allowed to spray outside a spray booth making the Vortex System much more versatile and available to everyone with "on-site" application needs.
A Vortex spray-on bed protection coating will add years to the bed's life expectancy. The Vortex spray-on coating is the ultimate in durability and appearance. The Vortex coating will not fade or chalk when exposed to the elements. The coatings are available in 200 factory and custom colors. It is a must have protection for your inner bed.
YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Time Spent Working: 4 hours
Degree of Difficulty: Intermediate
(The Vortex spray-on bed protection coating should be applied by a qualified Vortex technician)
DA sander, 3M scuff pad, medium grit sandpaper, masking tape, TrueLine wire trim tape, urethane sheeting, denatured alcohol, Vortex KV-5006 portable machine, Vortex spray-on Polyurethane/Polyurea black material
Total Cost: $400.00
(Does not include tax and labor)