DIY: How to Install a Truck Bed Liner
If you frequently haul items in an exposed flatbed, you run a greater risk of significantly scuffing the paint or permanently damaging the body material. 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:
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 especially dirty, consider a more thorough cleaning session.
Step 2: Place the Liner into the Bed
A compatible one-piece truck bed liner should be able to securely snap into place. The bottom should line up with the grooves on the flatbed while the side and front panels might require special hardware. While some kits include 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 while you 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.