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Old 03-19-2013, 06:11 AM   #1
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Is it possible to remove bed liner?

There is a club member in my local off road club and he had the exterior of his TJ bed lined and it looks very nice. It got me interested in doing mine; However, I was wondering if there are ways to remove it later on down the road. My concern is if I want to put corner armors later on I'm worried about the textured nature of the bed liner preventing the sheet metal of a corner armor making a flush mount with the body. I'm not talking about the Walmart spray cans I'm referring to the professional jobs by Line-x, Rhinoliner and such.
I don't have ANY experience with bed liners which is why I ask. Thank you!

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Old 03-19-2013, 06:21 AM   #2
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Brake fluid. It will strip it right off along with any paint in the area also. Bedliner is usually rubbery. I would assume any corner guards would tighten down fine over it tho. Shouldn't be a big problem. And if it is you can cut the bed liner and peal away what you don't need. GL

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Old 03-19-2013, 06:35 AM   #3
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It can be removed, but you have to scrape over alot of rocks to do it... If you're worried about armor sealing, you could always run a thin bead of silicon caulk or RTV around the edge of the armor before bolting it on.
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:37 AM   #4
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Yup, as said... its a pain to remove but it can be done (as all things can). Just weigh your options and choose what's right for you.
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Some terrible advice in here... good luck removing line x with brake fluid. Oh and when you just go "peel what you dont need"" you will be peeling the whole rig.

Honestly do not line the entire exterior. More trouble then its worth.
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Old 03-19-2013, 03:19 PM   #6
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I think the sentiment was more that its a pain to remove, not the particular process. For example using aircraft stripper would remove it, along with any other paint. Same would be said if he painted overtop of his other paint. Bonding to the thin clearcoat means that its pretty much permanent without a major undertaking to remove it, repaint, reclear... then armor.
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Hmm.... Lots of responses thank you for all of them. I might have to ask some of the product providers how they would go about stripping it off. I'm not too sure how the brake fluid would react to bed liner, sure it reacts with paint but I'm not sure if it would react the same way with bed liner.
Any options on sand blasting?
What is different about an aircraft stripper? I've never heard of it. I assumer a chemical solvent?
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:07 PM   #8
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Hmm.... Lots of responses thank you for all of them. I might have to ask some of the product providers how they would go about stripping it off. I'm not too sure how the brake fluid would react to bed liner, sure it reacts with paint but I'm not sure if it would react the same way with bed liner.
Any options on sand blasting?
What is different about an aircraft stripper? I've never heard of it. I assumer a chemical solvent?
We use a boxcutter, pliers, and brute force to remove it. No special aircraft removers or sandblasting.

If you line-x the entire exterior of your rig then peel the corners off the rest will begin to peel. Once it starts to peel the only option is to rip it all out and start again or do a really crappy patch job.

Brake fluid wont do crap to linex. We spray containers that hold acid in them and they last for years.
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When using brute force as you describe would masking the areas that I don't want stripped help at all? Using masking tape and maybe use a sharp blade to run across the inside area that I want stripped and going at it with brute force. This might be just wishful thinking tho
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When using brute force as you describe would masking the areas that I don't want stripped help at all? Using masking tape and maybe use a sharp blade to run across the inside area that I want stripped and going at it with brute force. This might be just wishful thinking tho
The chances of it beginning to peel the rest is pretty high especially if water/debris gets under where you trimmed it. Personally I wouldn't strip a section out.

You are overthinking the corner armor. As long as it is sucked up on there with plenty of preload it will be fine, the texture isn't going to change the fit. If you are that concerned about it you can ask them to spray that area with no texture, but that's kind of dumb.

There's other areas that have issues throwing a thick liner on there like the soft top rail channel. To be honest, Save the $3,000 (or whatever your guy charges) and build your suspension better and buy more armor. You will benefit much more then that stuff then just preventing paint from getting scratched.

I'm all for line-xing stuff (I've done my mirrors, fenders, and soon interior). But I won't do the whole exterior of my Jeep.
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Old 03-19-2013, 08:42 PM   #11
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In order to remove line x you can use acetone to soften a spot then dig in with a knife to create a hole. Then you can use a small pry bar to pull up as you cut and rip with all of your body weight. It will rip all of the paint off with the liner and pulling corners and holes are absolutely no fun. If you line-x plan on leaving it that way.
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The chances of it beginning to peel the rest is pretty high especially if water/debris gets under where you trimmed it. Personally I wouldn't strip a section out.

You are overthinking the corner armor. As long as it is sucked up on there with plenty of preload it will be fine, the texture isn't going to change the fit. If you are that concerned about it you can ask them to spray that area with no texture, but that's kind of dumb.

There's other areas that have issues throwing a thick liner on there like the soft top rail channel. To be honest, Save the $3,000 (or whatever your guy charges) and build your suspension better and buy more armor. You will benefit much more then that stuff then just preventing paint from getting scratched.

I'm all for line-xing stuff (I've done my mirrors, fenders, and soon interior). But I won't do the whole exterior of my Jeep.
Yeah I realize that but my choice of going with bed liner is to save money. I would much rather invest in better axles but the heep in developing rust in the usual areas and I'd like to keep the jeep for a long time so I'd like to address the rust issue sooner rather than later. A proper paint job will run me at least ~2500 when all said and done but the most I got quoted for a bed liner job was ~1500.
And as far as over thinking you might be right, I just want to see what my options are. Now it got me looking for other options.
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Yeah I realize that but my choice of going with bed liner is to save money. I would much rather invest in better axles but the heep in developing rust in the usual areas and I'd like to keep the jeep for a long time so I'd like to address the rust issue sooner rather than later. A proper paint job will run me at least ~2500 when all said and done but the most I got quoted for a bed liner job was ~1500.
And as far as over thinking you might be right, I just want to see what my options are. Now it got me looking for other options.
this is mainly to get me 'scribed...I had never thought about the bedliner thing till the guy in MI did it....but as I plan to keep my '04 "forever", and since it is now sitting outside, (too many vehicles) this MIGHT be the best way to stop the rust and improve the looks of my Jeep with a coating that will never need waxed or look scratched.
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I have to dissagree with the guy saying all bedliner can be peeled off. If the surface was treated and prepped properly before you apply the liner, it bonds and is a real pain to remove. Ive had it happen and had to use aircraft stripper and metal brushes to remove it. The more rubberized versions perhaps, but some products are stone hard.
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this is mainly to get me 'scribed...I had never thought about the bedliner thing till the guy in MI did it....but as I plan to keep my '04 "forever", and since it is now sitting outside, (too many vehicles) this MIGHT be the best way to stop the rust and improve the looks of my Jeep with a coating that will never need waxed or look scratched.
ROK1's TJ? His tan bed liner looks really good.
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I have to dissagree with the guy saying all bedliner can be peeled off. If the surface was treated and prepped properly before you apply the liner, it bonds and is a real pain to remove. Ive had it happen and had to use aircraft stripper and metal brushes to remove it. The more rubberized versions perhaps, but some products are stone hard.
Yea you are totally right. I have no experience at all in this area. Ive never peeled herculiner, linex, or rhino liner.

If you cant peel it its because your doing something wrong or it just flakes off. It's pretty dam easy to peel anything if you really want to. Bedliners don't stick as permanently as everyone thinks.
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Old 03-20-2013, 07:25 PM   #17
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Yeah I realize that but my choice of going with bed liner is to save money. I would much rather invest in better axles but the heep in developing rust in the usual areas and I'd like to keep the jeep for a long time so I'd like to address the rust issue sooner rather than later. A proper paint job will run me at least ~2500 when all said and done but the most I got quoted for a bed liner job was ~1500.
And as far as over thinking you might be right, I just want to see what my options are. Now it got me looking for other options.
I'm guessing you want it to look somewhat good, so I guess lining it would be your best option. How bad is the rust?
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I'm guessing you want it to look somewhat good, so I guess lining it would be your best option. How bad is the rust?
not too bad. I have two spots on the hood along with cracking paint (looks like little worms everywhere) but its hard to notice unless you take a closer look. And a few spots on the grill. PO had a winch and it some how caused to chip off large chunks of paint off the grill.
Most people would like their vehicles to look nice I assume. Doing some reading it would be cheaper to do it myself but most of them seem to fade quite easily despise the manufacturer's claims. That's why I'm going with linex or super liner if I do decide to go down the bed liner route.
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I even considered plasti dip haha but I'd rather not leave huge chunks of ripped plasti dip on the trails.
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Old 03-21-2013, 09:43 AM   #20
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To be honest... with the shapes of the body on the jeep, you could very easily remove the parts yourself, spend a couple hours sanding down and prepping them and then re-painting them. If you are creative, you could even put down some new graphics or something yourself. If you are terrible or want to go a really cheap route, taking time with a spray can can yield acceptable results as long as you understand you are simply repainting to get rid of scratches. Avoid the tiger stripes with the cans and put on some clear. It would be pretty cheap even if it doesnt look the best.
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To be honest... with the shapes of the body on the jeep, you could very easily remove the parts yourself, spend a couple hours sanding down and prepping them and then re-painting them. If you are creative, you could even put down some new graphics or something yourself. If you are terrible or want to go a really cheap route, taking time with a spray can can yield acceptable results as long as you understand you are simply repainting to get rid of scratches. Avoid the tiger stripes with the cans and put on some clear. It would be pretty cheap even if it doesnt look the best.
I've thought about that and I've seen some roll on paint jobs that came out great. If it involved just sanding and painting I definitely have the tool and people to help me but the problem is the rust. If I were to do it properly I'd have to sand to bare metal and fill it with bondo and make sure everything is "flat" so it doesn't show on the finish. This requires technique that I don't have and would rather not try and make a mess. It is an option for now tho.
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I've thought about that and I've seen some roll on paint jobs that came out great. If it involved just sanding and painting I definitely have the tool and people to help me but the problem is the rust. If I were to do it properly I'd have to sand to bare metal and fill it with bondo and make sure everything is "flat" so it doesn't show on the finish. This requires technique that I don't have and would rather not try and make a mess. It is an option for now tho.
There are some great youtube videos on rattle can paint jobs and bondo technique. It actually doesn't look that hard, just time consuming.

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