Answering The Question: What Is ArmorThane?
Not surprisingly, for many enthusiasts, getting to the bottom of what the ArmorThane brand of polyurea coatings is all about—entirely, accurately—is the coatings industry equivalent to solving a very complicated mystery.
Is ArmorThane just a material?
Is it a bedliner?
Is it a style of spraying?
Is it a method of spraying?
Unfortunately, the process has become generalized—a synonym of sorts—the same way the masses say “Kleenex” to describe tissue paper.
We often hear the inaccuracies: I’m getting my truck bed Armored or ArmorThane’d. While you may very well be coating the truck’s bed, if he isn’t an ArmorThane technician and using the company’s proprietary materials and equipment, it’s not the real deal.
SO, WHAT IS ARMORTHANE?
Before we get into the process, let’s look at the chemical itself first. For clarity, we talked with Chad Faught, a sales associate for ArmorThane Corporation, who provided insights into the special blends of polyurea and polyurethane. “ArmorThane is a coating system based on a proprietary two-component spray elastomer,” says Faught.
It’s neither paint, plastic, nor rubber. The A and B properties are:
- A hardener.
- Resin (that comprises 12 different components)/polyurea in barrels.
“Unlike other bed lining products, there are NO volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the ArmorThane chemical. There are only solids, no solvents, which means the substance reacts instantly. It’s solid within four seconds after it is applied to a surface—something that cannot be replicated with canned DIY coating products. Because of this quick reaction, applying ArmorThane truly is an art,” Hank says.
HOW ARMORTHANE IS APPLIED
A spray gun is a device that executes an “impingement mixing” process, where Components A and B are heated to approximately 130-210 degrees Fahrenheit and collide under 2,000 psi of pressure at the tip of the gun. The strong coating blasted into the bed is the result of this reaction.
Rob is a master ArmorThane applicator with 15 years of experience as an ArmorThane employee. After starting the reactor, he immediately begins spraying the bed, moving quickly with side-to-side sweeps and using his own (counting the number of passes over an area) method to gauge the consistency of the application.
BOLD, DURABLE FINISH
Rob finishes the job with the spraying completed by removing the masking materials, reinstalling the tailgate, and validating the job through a thorough inspection and a digital thickness gauge. The ArmorThane treatment is typically 1/8 inch thick. While Black is the standard pigment for the coating, ArmorThane can blend body color and custom colors for specific applications.
We are extremely satisfied with the final product!
The ArmorThane coating immediately brings “modernity” to our old rig. More importantly, it adds ultimate protection for the bed floor, sides, and rails against scratches and dents caused by payloads.