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(ARA) – Have you spent the winter months making a mental list of all the home improvement projects you want to tackle once the weather improves? To make sure your good intentions stay on track and those important projects get completed, now is the time to write those things down and start making serious plans.

With any home projects, time and cost are the two biggest obstacles to getting things done, so budgeting time and money are important. Write down your list and then prioritize it according to the most important projects – that can mean the ones you’re most excited about, like a new deck, or repairs that really need to be taken care of, say fixing the roof.

Estimate how long each project will take and check your spring and summer calendar. You don’t want to start a long-term landscaping project right before your summer vacation.

Next, get an idea of how much money it will take to finish these various projects. If you haven’t started a home improvement fund, there’s no time like the present to start putting away a little money every week to help defray the cost of materials and supplies. Planning ahead can also save you money by allowing you to take advantage of sales – if you know what you need, you can check weekly ads at your local hardware or big box store to see if you can get a deal on anything on your list.

You’ll also want to get your truck ready for hauling those supplies. We all know trucks are tough, but we also want our vehicles to be good looking. Loading lumber, tools, landscaping rocks and other heavy, odd-shaped objects can take a toll on the finish of your truck bed. Take steps now to protect the paint job and you won’t have any dings or scratches left behind when the project is done.

Spray on bedliners are a great choice; they bridge the gap between rugged and handsome. They conform to the contours of your truck bed, leaving you maximum space for hauling. Line-X, a leader in the industry, uses a specially formulated polymer, to provide an attractive finish and ultimate protection. The product creates a permanent bond to the truck’s bed, and offers protection against everything from chemicals and hail damage to rust.. The shock-absorbing properties of the product can even dampen noise from vibration, for a better ride.

Line-X combines specially manufactured spray polyurethane elastomers with state-of-the-art equipment and application processes for a perfect finish every time. It can also be used as an undercoating to protect your vehicle from road debris; and applied to the grill and hood to protect the finish and give your truck a custom look. There are many colors to choose from, so you can match your paint or pick a color that provides and eye-catching contrast. Not only is it attractive, it will add resale value to your truck.

The process takes two to three hours to complete. First, the experts at Line-X will prep your bedliner by sanding the paint, taping it off and applying a dewaxer/degreaser to ensure maximum liner adhesion. Then, a trained and certified applicator will spray the interior of the flatbed. The liner will withstand extremes of temperature, both hot and cold. It is warranted for peeling, blistering, flaking, bubbling or other workmanship issues. Bed lids, camper shells, fiberglass tops, 5th wheel hitches, tie downs, utility boxes and other accessories all fit great because Line-X molds to every contour and does not interfere with accessory installation.

Now that your truck is ready and your list is complete, there’s no excuse to put those projects off any longer.

Line-X has over 500 locations across the United States. To find the dealer nearest you, or for more information, visit , www.GoLINEX.comor call (800) 831-3232.

Courtesy of ARA Content