Painting fj40 with bed liner

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The way a fj40 body is constructed bed liner will trap moisture and cause rust to progress a lot faster. Its a lot better to just use aerosol paint if you want a cheap coating.
Are you talking about the underside and the interior or the outside of the body? I see a lot of 40s with bed liner underneath. I was going to do that to mine as well.
 
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Because of the spot weld construction of the body, which was not seam sealed from the factory, rust forms in between the spot welds. Moisture can get in between the spot welds and seep under the bedliner. Especially in the rear quarter panel wheel wells.
 
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It’s your truck, do what you wish. But it’s next caretaker will have a real mess on their hands. If they want it at all.
I’m disassembling a 1/79 FJ40 that the PO used what may have been bed liner or some kind of rubberized undercoating that has long since dried out. I think that’s why it might have rusted out so bad and now it’s a huge pita to take apart.
 
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Hi all is any one here painted his fj40 with bed liner pls send photos
I will be coating my 69 FJ40 this spring after the overhaul. I will be using Raptor Liner. All the parts will be coated separately then reinstalled. All parts are going to be fully coated on both sides, including the underside of the tub and firewall. 20 years ago I undercoated the rear wheel wells with "Rocker Shutz" and I have zero rust in them. I live in Alaska with crappy winter weather and no rust. I feel the Raptor Liner will be even better than Rocker Shutz. I'll do a thread once its complete.
 

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Welcome to Mud.

Did it to my first 40. It wasn't worth the money or time. The result was like all the other results from all the other cans and bottles that are available at the corner auto store, but not used by the OEM. Any soil or mess wasn't easy to clean up, and it didn't go on consistent, or look that good. Why detract attention from the amazing sheetmetal on a 40, or early Land Cruiser? Even if it is patched, and in need of help. I'd look into Lizardskin for insulation, sound and heat, but certainly not bedliner.

It sounds crazy, but, I just painted my Nissan pickup with primer. It looks awesome out of the can. No flashy micro glitter silver, or, color anymore - that is for the wheels (unless it has chrome hub caps like an early 40), bank-loan-financed auto sales, and makeup. Plus, no gloss sheen to screw-up on. Stay away from Rustoleum can primer, it is called grey, but comes out kinda purple. Ace brand is what I used, and it looks more of the olive-drab side of grey. Plus primer can be sanded to a smoothness, with a 600, and 1000 grit wet paper - which is great for an aerosol product, and it can be fixed with minimal effort. Stuck with grey because that is what is on my vehicle's title application, but color choice doesn't inspire me.

However, there is no shame in keeping the paint, rust, and bondo that your truck already wears - it is an old Land Cruiser, and people see beyond any shortcommings.
 
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I will be using Raptor liner on mine, shortly, finishing metal prep on the frame and tub right now. I got my kit from TPTools.com. Living in mid-Michigan and using this as a daily driver truck once complete, this is a priority for me. I'll be using the black on the very bottom of the tub and color matched for the wheel wells and interior floor. ALL vehicles are spot welded together. In most of the US that sees snow in the winter, quality liners for truck beds and rocker panels are all but the norm... its your truck do as you wish and who gives a spit AT ALL what some future owner my think or care... That person isn't paying a dime for your truck....
 
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@Dizzy i also did my mud truck a 75’ FJ40 in monstaliner.

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