What is a truck bedliner?
Benefits of using a spray-on vs. drop-in bedliner on your truck
How much do spray-on truck bedliners cost?
Which should I buy?
Pickup trucks are not what they used to be. They have become much more expensive and more complex than many of the models sold a decade or so ago. With the added cost of buying a truck, you should consider putting money into prolonging the life of your new purchase.
One of the first things to do is to buy a bedliner for your truck. Not everyone uses their vehicle for work purposes, but scratches and dings can happen to any truck. The majority of people buy a pickup truck so they can move work-related machinery or haul equipment and accessories around. It doesn't take more than a few significant scratches for owners to realize they should get some sort of protective liner to solve that problem.
So you must be asking, which type of bedliner is best for you and your truck?
Keep reading below to find out the advantages and disadvantages of each.
For Drop-In Bedliners
Drop-in bedliners are the easiest to install, and you can remove them too. You'll find most drop-in bed liners are made of a solid material (plastic) that are notably thin but have enough depth to protect against things like small dings, scratches, and dents in your truck bed. Many truck owners prefer drop-in bed liners since they are very durable and simple to clean. You can install (mount) them over or under the bedrail depending on the level of protection you are looking for. If drop-in bedliners are not fitted properly, they can move around the bed of your truck a bit and cause your paint to wear off underneath it. Owners say that dirt, gravel, sand, etc., that gets underneath your liner can diminish quality over time as well as cause destruction to the truck underneath.
For Spray-On Bedliners
The sprayed-on bed liners go right onto your truck's body panels and consist of polyurea or polyurethane which is basically liquid rubber. This chemical is nearly indestructible, with just a little research you will find videos of items sprayed with this chemical being dropped from the top of buildings and receiving no damage. Spray-on liners will not shift like some drop-in bed liners, and spray-ons are easy to clean as well. The disadvantages to spray-on bed liners are that once they are on, they can not be removed, which can also be a benefit since you do not have to worry about substances getting underneath it.
What Brand Should I Use?
Some of the top brands for bedliner are ArmorThane, Line-X, Rhino Linings, Superliner, Penda, Speedliner, Herculiner, and Durabak. Time and time again ArmorThane has been established as the very best in all sections. They make a stronger, longer lasting and better-looking bedliner than all other kinds. They have a much lower price because they are not a franchise with massive overhead. Every single person that sprays ArmorThane compound must be certified to do so. They will not allow anyone to use that name unless they have proven themselves good enough to represent their name.
More people go with spray-on bedliners because they offer better protection, are more durable and provide better skid resistance than drop-in bedliners. Appearance goes to spray-on liners as well, and spray-on liners will typically cost less.
Best Drop-In Bedliner:
DIY truck owners who want to install their bedliner or else do not have the money for a spray-on bedliner, need to check out Herculiner.com. Herculiner is a roll-on bedliner that is the best selling product in its class. You use rollers or a brush to put on the polyurethane and rubber granule coating. Herculiner is a durable and skid-resistant product that needs to be installed, or else it won't perform up to par. There are specific instructions online at the Herculiner website, and you will also receive them when you purchase the product. Again, don't expect miracles from this product if you want the utmost in protection from damage. These roll-on and spray-on liners look decent (when installed right) and perform decently, but they can't compare to the more rugged spray-on bedliners.
To check out how to install your truck bed liner - click the image below to go to the video.
Top-Rated Spray-on Bedliner:
Spray-on bedliners are a more popular option these days to the plastic and less permanent drop-in liners. Spray-on bedliners perform better and score better in countless reviews. Consumers consistently say ArmorThane, the originator of the spray-on liners is the more durable, better looking, superior product.
The spray-on bedliners from ArmorThane seal out rust and corrosion by having no gaps. The non-slip surface is durable and will hold your cargo in place. Take your time to find a reputable spray-on installer in your area, so the job is done right the first time.