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How to Install a Truck Bed Liner

If you frequently haul items in an exposed flatbed, you run a greater risk of significantly scuffing your pickup truck's bed. A truck liner comes in handy by adding a protective layer to the bed, preventing scratching and other damage to the paint. Instead of shelling out tons of money for a shop to do the job, here are some easy steps to install a truck bed liner on your own.

What you'll need:

  • Fitted truck bed liner - Most one-piece liners are made for specific truck makes and models.
  • Garden hose - Have the hose connected to running water so you can clean the truck bed.
  • Microfiber towel - Dry off your pickup bed with the towel.
  • Drill and a proper bit - While some simply set into place, your liner might require holes to install screws.
  • Screwdriver - If your bed liner requires screws, use a Phillips or flathead screwdriveras needed.
  • Safety goggles - Wear a pair of safety goggles if you need to drill holes to install the liner.
  • Utility knife - Use this to cut away any excess bed liner.

 


Step 1: Rinse and Dry the Flatbed

Spray the flatbed with a hose and dry it with a microfiber towel before installing the truck bed liner. If it's very dirty, consider thoroughly washing your vehicle before starting your project.

Step 2: Place the Liner into the Bed

A one-piece truck bed liner should be able to securely snap into place. The bottom should fall into place with the grooves on the flatbed while the side and front panels might require special hardware. While some kits come with fasteners, you might need to screw the liner onto the front and side panels.

Step 3: Drill Holes Accordingly

If your bed liner requires screws, check your installation kit for instructions on where to drill holes. Be sure to wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from flying debris, and use the drill and proper bit to create holes for your screws. If the truck and bed liner already have factory-installed holes, you can skip this step.

Step 4: Fasten the Screws

Use a Phillips or flathead screwdriver to fasten the screws on the bed truck liner's side and front panels.

Step 5: Double Check the Edges

See if the edges fit properly. If you notice extra liner material hanging off anywhere, cut it off using a utility knife.

 

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Step 1: Rinse and dry the flatbed.

Spray the flatbed with a hose and dry it with a microfiber towel before installing the truck bed liner. If it's very dirty, consider thoroughly washing your vehicle before starting your project.