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Mar-K Bed Wood Kit #1323885 Wed Aug 28 2019 09:17 PM
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How many of you have installed a Mar-K kit? Is it a good way to go? Or is it better to make the boards yourself? I need to replace my warped boards and looking for the best route to take.

I read somewhere on here to stand boards up on end and let them soak in the sealer over night so the end grain soaks up the sealer. When I bought this truck the bed was just redone by the PO, and he apparently didn't seal all the sides. The truck has had a shell on it since shortly after I bought it, and when the lovely inept Big Brand Tire employee backed my truck over the hydrant a couple weeks ago, the boards warped. Big Brand will compensate me for the kit, I just need a good end product when all is said and done.

So, Mar-K or approved equal, or build my own boards? I have a some cross supports and a side tank, too, so that'll get added in to the project when I do it.


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Re: Mar-K Bed Wood Kit [Re: DoubleDingo] #1323893 Wed Aug 28 2019 09:51 PM
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Mar-k is a Stovebolt supporter. The former owner is a member and Mar-k Tech will answer questions here. Good home grown company to deal with.


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Re: Mar-K Bed Wood Kit [Re: DoubleDingo] #1323909 Wed Aug 28 2019 11:39 PM
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I used Mar-K when I replaced the bed on my '37 project. Since I was looking for the stock look, I intended to paint the bed boards black. On Mar-K's website they have a discussion of their tests of finishes and black paint was the best. I ordered the pine, not the more expensive oak. When the wood arrived, it was so beautiful; not a flaw or knot in any board, and it was hard to apply the paint over that beautiful wood (but I did). Fitment was superb, including those off center holes for the mounting carriage bolts with their special washers.

I am not a woodworker so I could not replicate the bed boards myself. I highly recommend them based on my single experience.
Kent

Last edited by Lightholder's Dad; Wed Aug 28 2019 11:40 PM.

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Re: Mar-K Bed Wood Kit [Re: DoubleDingo] #1323933 Thu Aug 29 2019 01:56 AM
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I used Mar-k made bed sheet metal, wood and fasteners. I doubt anyone provides a better same product on the planet. It’s not inexpensive, but the trade off in time and headache otherwise would make going with them a “no brainer”, IMO.

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Re: Mar-K Bed Wood Kit [Re: DoubleDingo] #1323969 Thu Aug 29 2019 11:39 AM
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Mar-k all day. I recommend you call them. In doing so you get a real personal feel for the way they work.


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Re: Mar-K Bed Wood Kit [Re: DoubleDingo] #1323986 Thu Aug 29 2019 12:57 PM
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I got a Mar-K kit for my 36 GMC and it was well worth the cost, I would highly recommend them.

Re: Mar-K Bed Wood Kit [Re: DoubleDingo] #1324020 Thu Aug 29 2019 03:40 PM
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Between what I saw on the Mar-K website yesterday, and all y'alls responses, Mar-K is going to be the way I go. I do plan on painting the boards black. I have strips from my old '65 that I had to dismantle, so I can clean those up prior to tearing things down. Thank you for your insight and knowledge. It'll be nice to have straight boards again, but better yet, boards that won't warp.


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Re: Mar-K Bed Wood Kit [Re: DoubleDingo] #1324043 Thu Aug 29 2019 05:15 PM
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Review mar-k bed wood finish experiments. Good info about what treatments hold up


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Re: Mar-K Bed Wood Kit [Re: DoubleDingo] #1324046 Thu Aug 29 2019 05:52 PM
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3 coats of POR (all six sides)
followed by
3 coats of semi-gloss black exterior house paint (all six sides)

You can use cheap rollers (throw away after each coat)
Follow the POR instructions for the amount of time between coats.
Mar-K Tips & Tricks

We did this on 18' flatbed boards several years ago - has held up well (outdoors half the year).

I'll be doing this on the '54 pickup that I am restoring.


Tim
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Re: Mar-K Bed Wood Kit [Re: Hambone] #1324053 Thu Aug 29 2019 06:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Hambone
Review mar-k bed wood finish experiments. Good info about what treatments hold up


I did right after seeing your response and was amazed at how the painted boards looked in the 2010 wood test update. Definitely going with paint, and painted as Tim (tclederman) and Mar-K says to. Unfortunately my truck sits outside 24/7/365, so the finish needs to be durable for when the camper shell isn't on the back. When I haul material from the bulk yard I'll make sure to put some plywood on top so the shovel doesn't scratch the finish as I get to the bottom of the pile.


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