QuickSilver dump truck bed liners are some of the highest-quality accessories that you can have installed on your vehicle. Not only do these products prevent your truck bed from being damaged by abrasive materials, but they also keep materials from sticking in the bed getting in the way of future deliveries. However, despite how effective these liners are at protecting your dump trucks, they also need a bit of upkeep to stay in proper performing condition. Learn about preventative maintenance for QuickSilver liners to ensure your equipment is fully protected for hundreds of projects to come.
Keep the Liner Smooth and Free to Expand
QuickSilver liners are made from thick and durable UHMW-PE plastics that mold to the surface of the truck and create a protective barrier against sticky or abrasive materials. However, the effectiveness is entirely reliant on the plastic’s ability to maintain form to the truck bed and expand and contract without obstruction from materials, dents, or bends. So when pinched or trapped under the leading-edge protector, the QuickSilver liner isn’t as effective as it can be. To preserve the longevity of the product, you should regularly inspect your liner for damage, check for lodged materials under the cover strip or liner, and dislodge it when stuck.
Check for Material Trapped Under the Liner
While you’re checking for dents, scrapes, and bends, it’s also important that you’re looking for any material that could’ve found its way under the liner. Though QuickSilver liners are made to conform to the shape of the truck, small pieces of material can still make their way between the product and the truck bed. This hinders the movement that the liner has, can cause accelerated wear and tear, and can even cause it to develop holes. Similar to a pebble in your shoe wearing on the bottom of your foot, so to does material under the liner wear through a liner, this is the main cause of holes. Therefore, you should always be conscious of this occurrence if you want to make your liner last.
Remove Asphalt Emulsion Buildup
Another preventative maintenance tip for QuickSilver liners is to remove any asphalt emulsion that can build up on the liner over the course of several deliveries. While the slick surface of the liner prevents most materials from sticking to the inside of the truck bed during deliveries, certain substances can still cling to it. One of these very substances, known as asphalt emulsion, can build up on the plastic and exposed metal during the delivery of hot asphalt and can reduce the liner’s overall effectiveness over time. Because of this, it’s recommended that you spray an approved release agent over the truck bed after delivering asphalt to maintain the nonstick surface. Do not apply soap-based release agents, (i.e. soap spray stations at the plants), these will remove the silicone from the liner reducing the slickness over time.
Load and Unload Materials Properly
Unnecessary liner damage can also be prevented by loading and unloading materials in the correct manner. With asphalt, all loads must be loaded first on the bolts and consecutively towards the tailgate covering the entire liner. This allows the liner to grow freely in the direction it is intended to, where it has room to grow without obstruction. Not loading in this manner can cause buckles in the material that will catch material and tear overtime. For this reason, proper loading procedure dictates that materials be loaded into the truck from the front to the back.
At Linings Inc., we pride ourselves on the overall quality and longevity of our products. Our diverse stock of semi-truck bed liners is guaranteed to last through any type of delivery and keep your dump truck protected. By adopting these maintenance practices, you can further increase your liner’s lifespan and its usefulness to you.