How to Line a Utility Trailer Bed

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How to Line a Utility Trailer Bed
A lining protects the trailer's floor and surface. (Trailer on Grass image by Towards Ithaca from Fotolia.com)

Lining the bed of a utility trailer provides an extra level of protection to its flooring. Liners are available in a variety of materials such as hard rubber, vinyl or metal. Benefits of a trailer liner include ease of washing and cleaning, added life to the trailer floor and increased strength for hauling gear and equipment. Wash the trailer bed surface thoroughly before lining the it to prevent unwanted mildewing and dry rot under the liner surface.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Rubber gloves
  • Acetone cleaning agent
  • Bucket and water
  • Mask
  • Sponge
  • Power drill
  • Squeegee
  • Metal or wood screws
  • Measuring tape
  • Utility knife or tin snips

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Put on the mask and rubber gloves and mix the acetone solution in the bucket. Thoroughly wash down the utility trailer bed surface with the solution, and then let it dry completely before beginning the lining.

  2. 2

    Remove the trailer tailgate or other doors and barriers around the edges.

  3. 3

    Measure the dimensions of the trailer bed and cut out the appropriate sized bed shape form the liner material. Use tin snips for metal liners and a utility knife for plastics and rubber liners.

  4. 4

    Slide the liner onto the trailer bed and push down the corners. Smooth out any air bubbles or lumps in the liner material. Use the squeegee to push out bubbles and dings.

  5. 5

    Starting in one corner and working around in a circle, begin drilling in the screws through the liner and into the trailer bed. Try and place one screw every three to four inches along the side of the trailer.

  6. 6

    Place all the gates and other barriers back onto the trailer.

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