The Buzzweld Guide To Upol Raptor Bedliner
Thursday, 11 January 2018 | Admin
Upol's Raptor Bedliner is the best selling Bedliner product in the UK. Gaining widespread support and use amongst a range of interest groups mainly within the Automotive sector.
What Is Upol Raptor Bedliner?
Raptor Liner is a thick, tough protective coating for interior, exterior and underbody protection of vehicles. It is available in two forms:-
If you purchase the tintable version then you will need to add a coloured tint to the product at a rate of no less than 10%. This must be an actual tint and not a paint, otherwise it will have very poor opacity (colour will be very weak). Colours are available here and come in 100ML, 400ML, and 625ML for the 1L, 4L, and 6.25L kits respectively.
Raptor Liner is designed to replace plastic liners that tend to trap dirt and moisture pre-manufactured for lots of vehicles. These liners tend to not only be more fragile, but also are logistically expensive to get hold of due to their size and subsequent shipping cost. So you cna now have a Liner bonded, and moulded to almsot any surface you want, any colour you want, and know it will last.
You can also add items such as Glass flake to the product in the Raptor Liner Buzzweld UK shop, as well as anti- slip aggregates to the coating itself, so you can build a protective resistant coating, protecting from damage, rust, and chipping anywhere you want. Add to this Raptor will typically take up only 1MM of space across the surface and you can increase storage space over a traditional plastic liner. You can also use raptor externally due to excellent UV resistance, and underbody.
Raptor will also form a superb protective layer for Lizardskin. Lizardskin is a protective sound, and/ or thermal insulating liner available in the LizardSkin UK Buzzweld shop here
How do you apply Raptor Liner?
Using the product is straightforward. First decide how you want to apply raptor. You can apply Raptor Liner by:-
Brush will be the hardest to do as Raptor Liner is relatively thick (high viscosity) and wont look great when done.
Roller, you want a coarse texture roller for best finish.
Spray Gun. Most guns beyond a 1.4MM tip can spray raptor with the use of thinners to suit. These range from no thinners in the PCL Underbody HD gun, to 10>20% thinners in a LVLP (low volume, low pressure) gun.
All of the above are incredibly forgiving and easy to use and setup. Thinners for Raptor Liner are here.
How Does Raptor Bedliner Work?
Raptor Bedliner works by being the correct compromise for a bedliner. All coatings arte designed for a purpose, and its the balance of properties they have once cured that make them suitable for their jobs. Raptor Liner is no different. It is flexible so that edges of items dropped on it will tend to make the Bedliner flex, dispersing the weight, drastically reducing the impact pressure. The coating manages this by being flexible, relatively hard, and more importantly thick. Applying Raptor Liner with a HVLP gun, and in thinner smoother coats reduces this ability, and you will find it more vulnerable to damage and scratching as a result. This is where you really want to specify Buzzweld's glass flake technology to help compensate.
Being resistant to most automotive and machine chemicals you will find that its a great all round product for protecting.
Should i Purchase Raptor Bedliner and what are the costs involved?
As with any coating there are additional costs, products that improve its performance, or improve the end result aesthetically. Here is a list of items we would recommend you consider in your costing calculation prior to purchase and ontop of the actual product itself.