So after researching different bed liners and calling up Line-X for a quote (I almost laughed when the guy said it would be $900) I decided to order the black raptor bed liner kit from Upol for a little over a hundred bucks.
I knew I would be doing some body work because I have minor rust in my driver side floor board and a few other dings and really minor rust spots throughout the tub. I'm brand new to body work and there are a few things I am unsure about and would like some suggestions.
1. Floor board rust
I called up my best buddy's dad to help me out since he has an old Chevelle that he restored nicely. I showed him the rust holes and he said it would be no problem to weld them up with his wire feed welder. I sanded and ground out the surface rust before I brought it over and he started workin on it. After a few attempts, he realized that he was running the welder too hot and it was cutting right through the metal, leaving the floorboards looking worse than they started. He was frustrated and embarrassed about his work and said he would be definitely giving it another go with some other materials from his work and possibly some sheet metal pieces for the bigger holes (the biggest one is no wider than 1/2 inch).
So now my question is, once he has fixed it up, should I use Bondo to smooth everything out and make it look original? Or, if he can't fix the holes, can I use bondo and some sort of patch to fill in the holes?
2. Will I need to disconnect any wires to spray the liner in the front of the tub?
Can I just tuck the wires up with painters tape? Is there anything I need to be really careful about?
3. Should I spray the top outside edges of the tub?
I was looking at some pictures and I really like the way it looks when there's that visible strip of black on the very top edge of the tub where a hard top would sit. My reason for asking is because I DO have a hard top that I have on from about October to April and I don't want to spray liner there if it's just going to be scraped off.
4. Should I use Bondo to fill in some dings, etc?
Or will the liner be thick enough to hide them?
I know that being happy with the finished product is all about prep, and I really want to get this done right the first time. Any other suggestions are much appreciated.