Originally Posted by Mike S
I am considering applying Line-X or Rhinoliner (1/4" thick, perhaps) on the front of my Argosy to protect the aluminum from rock damage. I am also fittinga new rock guard this week.
Has anyone used a spray-on bed liner to protect the front of their AS? How well did it do he job?
The first issue you will need to deal with is finding someone who is competent with either product AND aluminum.
Painting aluminum is difficult at best and calls for special primers that must be able to bond to the metal.
Metal preparation when working with aluminum is key.
I just had an aluminum flat bed on my truck covered with LineX; this solved the glare from the sun, slippery when wet and general abuse issues.
I searched long and hard before I found someone who had applied either product to aluminum.
Most of the people I spoke with at these shops knew that they had to do special tasks to prepare the aluminum AND apply the proper bonding agent if either was to work.
Only one told me he had someone who "knew what he was doing" who would do the aluminum flat bed prep work that involved very carefully sand blasting the entire surface. Doing work of this nature is NOT for the faint of heart. It would be very easy to remove lots of metal with a sand blasting tool. He told me they had done several this way and had no problems.
He also told me that they had decided to stop doing aluminum because of the problems they were having with the coating peeling off after a short period of time until they found the local gent who was doing the sand blasting.
I am very happy with the work they did. It cost $175.00 for the sand blasting over and above the actual primer and coating costs.
I have seen an entire Vanagon VW that was covered by one of these products in a magenta color. VERY different, but impervious to the elements and he did not have to wax it!