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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-21-2016, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
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Painting with Monstaliner

What I learned from painting my '79 Bronco with Monstaliner. Monstaliner provides good instructions with plenty of detail, but there are few things they don't describe too well.

-It's a great value. It does seem pricey compared to other bedliners, but for the quality and easy of installation it was worth it. I had about $350 into the paint (2 gallon kit plus 3 colors since one of the colors I used was a mix of two) from Monstaliner plus random other supplies like rags, acetone, etc.

-Give yourself plenty of time for prep. If your paint is old and crusty like mine, you don't need to do much sanding. You just have to get rid of the gloss and any flaking spots. There are some sanding pads that come with the kit. Also, make sure you take care of serious rust- Chassis Saver is a good option. You can use this link for a promotion for free Chassis Saver and shipping. They honored it when I ordered this summer (2016). I used gloss black Chassis Saver since I'm also going to use it to paint my frame, but if you're just using it on the body I would use one of the other lighter colors so it's easier to paint over (fewer coats needed).
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-Order lots of extra rollers. If you're really set on having more pronounced texture, you probably need at least four, probably 5, per gallon. The 2 gallon kit only comes with 3 in all. Don't use much pressure when rolling, just enough to get the paint to come out of the roller. Keep the roller full of paint, roll VERY slowly, and don't push too hard. I learned the hard way that the roller will disintegrate very quickly if you push too hard and go too fast, leaving you with lots of little blue flecks in the paint and chunks that stick up. I used regular paint rollers for the first coat (or two for spots where I was using a very different color from the original), then used the provided foam rollers for the final texture layer. I think it turned out a little less textured that it would have otherwise, but it was worth it not to have the little pieces buried in the paint.

-2 Gallons worked out really well for me for the whole exterior of the truck, including the top, and the floor of the interior. I didn't go up the walls on the inside rear 1/4 panels, but you might be able to stretch it to make it work.

-Wear gloves. Buy a box of disposable gloves (cheap at Harbor Freight) and keep them on. It's really hard to remove the paint, especially Chassis Saver, from your skin.

-I used my garage and left the door open except when the sun was shining in the morning (when I left it open halfway) since you're not supposed to use the paint on metal in direct sun. Had no problem with ventilation and smell though I did have a headache after painting all day on both days I painted. Probably a combination of fumes and fatigue.

-Tape anything you don't want to get paint on. Including windshield and rear top seals- I thought I'd be able to control the roller but the paint has a tendency to splatter.

-If you do two colors like I did I would recommend putting a good amount of time between the two colors. I painted the white on a Monday and a red on a Tuesday. The problem that I ran into was that when painting red, anytime that a little red paint got onto the white, which is going to happen, when I wiped the white section with acetone it wasn't dry enough and the acetone took off some of the white paint. I had to go back over each of theses patches later with white to fill in the texture and fix the color. I would recommend doing one color on a Saturday and then doing the other color the next Saturday, but that would put your truck out of commission for a couple weeks.


If you've got any other questions I'd be glad to answer them, but these are just the things off the top of my head I wish I'd known before starting.

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That looks really good. I like the two tone

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excellent brush work. been a fan of the Monstaliner since I did the floor on my '73 F250 and seen a few exterior paints jobs here and there but that two tone is one of the best.

only thing I would have done differently than I did was to add some of those plastic texture beads to the floorpan's last coat. the texture provided by the rollers is decent but still a little slicker than I care for.

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only thing I would have done differently than I did was to add some of those plastic texture beads to the floorpan's last coat. the texture provided by the rollers is decent but still a little slicker than I care for.
Thanks guys- I'm happy with with it. I wish I had spent more time evening out the bondo and other panels that I added but overall it's a great 20 foot job

Pepe, that's a great suggestion- wish I would've thought of that. I might do that for the high traffic areas when i got to touch up a few spots in the spring. I've almost smacked my face a few times working on it with wet shoes!
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That's looks great! I almost wish I went with Monstaliner when I painted my last car.

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That looks great. I did a strip of Huculinar at the bottom of my truck for rock chip guard. I hadn't even thought about doing the whole truck.

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Looks bad ass! I think you were the last nail in the coffin, I'll be Monstalining my truck in the Spring.
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Looks good. I used Mostaliner in my old truck's bed. This product is tough as nails, easy to apply and has UV protection.
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Does anyone know how long the monstaliner lasts without having to redo it?
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Haven't seen to many of these full exterior paint jobs with it... but if the rig is properly prepped, I would expect MonstaLiner should last at least a good decade.
The stuff I put on my F250's patched floorboards has held up awesome to the snow and slop of a work/plow truck over the last 6 years but it's inside the cab, not on the cab.

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I agree with everything you said and I would like to add my 02 cents based on my experiences.


Last summer I took a palm sander to my clear coat. Some may be horrified, but to me this is a truck and I have no use for shiny paint. I stripped the interior to the floor pan and then sanded everything inside and out. Then I painted much of it with MS silver primer, and then top coated with Monstaliner.


1.) Do not attempt when it is hot and humid. The pot life dramatically reduces with the heat/humidity and you can lose product and ease of application quickly. The warnings on the instructions are no joke! A hot humid day can make the cure time slash in half pretty easily, and as the paint starts to harden it makes #2 even more exacerbated.

2.) Re Emphasizing the change rollers out frequently! Even if you think the roller is still OK, they are cheap, and it's better to change it to a new one sooner vs. later when you realize the texture is off or you find blue pieces of the roller stuck in the paint and have to go back to pick the pieces out and touch up again.

3.) Buy more than 2 gallons. I used more than this to do mine, and its better to have more than you need than run out. You can always use any left over extra stuff to put an extra coat on the interior floor pan. I used some extra on the under side of the wheel wells to help protect from rocks chipping and then creating rust. I also brushed some on under the sills for extra rust protection.

4.) This may be self explanatory, but be mindful of the roller marks and speed to make a consistent texture. I found that the combination of #1 and #2 can make this more challenging.

5.) Monsta bushes on nicely, and the roller is entirely what gives texture. For the tight spots where the roller can't get in, the brush works well.

6.) As with any paint, be careful of the fumes. While Monsta smells like bananas, I think it would have you seeing unicorns in no time if you aren't careful to be well ventilated.

7.) See #2. Change the cheap rollers out frequently!

8.) Put three coats instead of two on the top of the sills/floor area where you step into the truck.

EDIT: Also agree on the prep and sanding work. I used a palm sander for most of the exterior, but it doesn't really get into the floor/bed very well. The Monsta provided pads seem to work well on the tighter areas or heavily contoured/angled spots.

I also tried to use the monsta liberally in areas like the B pillar to floor joints. The b pillar to floor area seems to have allot of seams/gaps, and the monsta seems to do a wonderful job of encapsulating all of that to help prevent rust.
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