LINE-X Coatings Go from Pickup Beds to the Pentagon

Sept. 19, 2006
Pickup bedliner coating finding new uses for building blast protection

SANTA ANA, CA, Sept. 11, 2006 -- What do pick-up truck bedliners and the Pentagon have in common? A California company that has applied its LINE-X pick-up truck bedliner to more than two million vehicles in the U.S. is now using the same spray-on material to protect buildings from terrorist bomb blasts after it was found to significantly reduce fragmentation.

One of the greatest threats from an explosion is fragmentation -- pieces of walls, windows, fixtures and equipment -- flying at high speeds. The LINE-X Polymer can be sprayed onto the exterior wall of existing buildings, effectively containing the shattered wall fragments and protecting the building's occupants from serious injury during the explosion. See footage via link provided.

When the LINE-X coating is sprayed onto the outside walls of a building it can withstand the force of the shockwave from blasts of varying sizes and stand-off distances (up to 1,100 pounds of explosives), as proved by tests conducted by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers (USACE).

The U.S. Department of Defense selected the LINE-X blast mitigation coating application for the renovation of the Pentagon after 9/11. LINE-X has since been applied at dozens of vulnerable sites around the world including the Federal Building in downtown Manhattan; the Washington Naval Yard near Washington DC; and the British Ministry of Defense in London.

LINE-X is also used in military service in Iraq and Afghanistan as a protective coating for armored plates worn inside 50,000 ballistic vests. The coating has also been applied to armor plating around the machine gun mounts used on HMMWVs (High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles).