Safe, easy access to your van or truck is essential when you’re regularly loading and unloading the interior. However, the corrugated surface of your vehicle can become slippery in wet and icy weather, which can pose a hazard to you and the goods inside your vehicle.
What’s more, over time wear and tear can result in shabby, chipped paintwork that can affect the value of your van. To restore the appearance and safety of your vehicle, let’s take a look at how to line your van with anti-slip paint.
Clean your vehicle
Before you get started, it’s essential to clear everything out of your van, truck or 4×4, to leave a bare interior that can be prepared and cleaned thoroughly. With an abrasive pad, lightly abrade the load area of your van, to remove any shiny areas and to give the application a key.
Either use Xylene (the solvent for Protectakote) with a clean lint free cloth to solvent wipe the area or use an alkaline detergent such as CIF cream cleaner to remove grease, marks and built-on grime, to ensure that no dust or dirt gets into the paintwork during the lining process. Rinse with fresh water and allow to dry completely, before carefully outlining the van bed with masking tape. Cover over any speakers, vents or fittings that you don’t want to paint over; this will ensure a neat, clean finish to your paintwork, for results with a professional edge.
Choose your van liner
There are various ways to line a van, but the Protectakote bed liner kit is a high performance and low cost alternative to plastic bed liners. With rubber granules incorporated into the mix, it offers a strong level of grip and a resilient, waterproof finish.
This kit will include everything you need to line your van or pick-up truck, from the abrasive pad and paint brushes to the anti-slip paint itself. It’s also available in several colours, as well as the stronger UVR version.
Apply anti-slip paint
Wearing the safety goggles and gloves included in your kit, mix the paint well before applying to your load area with a textured roller. The textured rollers will help ensure that the granules are evenly distributed, to give a professional looking finish. Stipple using a paintbrush to cover more difficult-to-reach areas such as corners and edges of your van.
Leave your paintwork to become tack free, approximately 2-4 hours – ideally with a good amount of ventilation – before applying the second coating. For larger vans and trucks with a surface area of more than 6 square metres, a second tin of Protectakote may be required.
A quick, easy and affordable way to line your van, anti-slip paint offers a lasting finish with tough, waterproof properties. Applied well, your bed liner will have a professional look and feel, to keep your van in top condition for years to come. For best results, choose dry, cool weather when lining your vehicle, and leave plenty of time for the paintwork to set before loading it back up again.