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e s n "For organizations whose trucks handle corrosive chemicals, such as lawn services vehicles, [our product] can be applied to prevent staining and chemical damage that may otherwise put a truck out of service," Wagner, of Line-X, notes. This and other features, "are definite concerns which are addressed and considered during the manufacturing process of spray-on liner compounds," says Dana Mitchell, account executive for Cloverdale, Ind.-based Al's Liner / Scorpion Truck Bed Liners. "What Scorpion has been able to do with our polyurethane formulation is to develop a simple inexpensive additive you can introduce while mixing your batches, which will increase hardness (by adding a vinyl flattener additive) or add additional non-slip properties by introducing granules (rubber crumb or gripper granules). Vinyl Spray-on products are commonly used for bedliners, bumpers, flattener will increase the shore hardness providing more impact ladder racks and areas like the top of toolboxes that require a resistance and reducing the sheen to a semi-gloss. Rubber crumb non-slip surface for walking. Photos from GatorHyde. and gripper granules add an aggressive non-slip surface. How aggressive a non-slip surface one may need will help determine which granule best suits the job," Mitchell says. Another well-known brand within Liner choices the spray-on liner realm is Line-X Customers who are in the market for a Protective Coatings, Huntsville, liner will need to first determine how Ala. Executive vice president Paul they are going to use the truck. This DeSmet suggests that before setwill assist in choosing the correct tling on a spray liner a work truck formulation of liner. owner should consider a prod"For example, all materials have uct's flexibility, strength, impact a grade hardness, either Shore A absorption, color options and or Shore D. Shore A is softer, this UV protection when choosing the gives the material a much more best formula for a customer's needs. tacky feel, keeping items from DeSmet notes his firm's product prosliding," John Jamroz, vice president vides strength and flexibility, and "can of sales and marketing for Ultimate Protecting underbody tanks from road debris. handle a tough workload by absorbing Liners, Houston, says. "Shore D matePhoto from Scorpion Liners. impact," DeSmet says. "That's important rial is more popular and much harder. because if the liner is too rigid or brittle it Ultimate Liners offers both formulations in cannot absorb impacts from heavy loads and may a 1:1 and 2:1 ratio," Jamroz adds. deteriorate faster." Once usage and formula grade are determined the "Line-X also offers formulations that can be sprayed thicker for owners will also need to consider, what other traits and qualities added protection against gouges and abrasions," DeSmet adds. The they want their liner to provide. Qualities such as non-slip tread spray-on bedliner manufacturer also offers a premium formulation are an option many choose because in this example, it ensures product, which provides additional UV protection. safety and limited material movement in the bed. 46 Restyling | March 2013 RE-March-2013.indd 46 2/6/13 3:01 PM

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