How Do I Fix My Truck Bed Rails?

Having a truck is one of the greatest perks of being a car owner. Whether you’re using it for work or leisure, your truck can get you where you need to go with ease.

Unfortunately, truck beds can take quite a beating over time from hauling heavy items and from other wear and tear. If your truck bed rails are looking a little worse for the wear, there are ways to fix them and restore them to their original condition.

The first step is to inspect the rails for any signs of damage or rust. If there is any rust present, use a wire brush to remove it.

Once the rust is gone, use some sandpaper to smooth out any rough spots and give it an even finish. After this, apply a rust-resistant primer to the metal before painting it with an automotive paint that matches the original color of your bed rails.

Once you’ve applied the primer and paint, it’s important to protect the surface of your bed rails with a sealant or wax. This will help keep moisture out and prevent further damage from occurring. If there are any scratches or dents in your bed rails, you can fill them in with body filler before applying paint.

If your truck bed rails have been severely damaged, you may need to replace them altogether. This isn’t a difficult task as long as you have all of the necessary parts and tools on hand. Start by removing all hardware associated with your current bed rails before installing the new ones in its place.


Fixing your truck bed rails doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive if done correctly. Start by inspecting for signs of damage or rust before sanding down any rough spots and applying primer and paint.

To protect against further damage, apply a sealant or wax before filling in any dents or scratches with body filler if necessary. Finally, if all else fails, replacing the entire rail system may be necessary in order to achieve optimal results.

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James Gardner