If you own a truck, then you know that truck beds get a lot of abuse – especially if you use your truck every day to haul things around. That’s why it’s important to get a bed liner to shield your investment. Bedliners are great to protect your bed and avoid accidents such as scratching your paint job. But what kind should you get? And is one type more reliable than the other?
First it is important to understand, there are two main types of truck bedliners: “drop-in” and “spray-on.” Unlike a spray-on bedliner, drop-in bedliners can be taken in and out of the truck bed, which is good for cleaning purposes, however drop in bed liners also have lots of downsides.
Because of their low price point, many of the drop-in liners available are of low quality, with poor fitment that leaves voids between the liner and bed which are weak and can crack over time
The surface of most drop-in liners is very slick, which means your cargo can slide around and bang into the sides of the bed which can damage your cargo. Also, if the fitment is weak, a drop-in liner can beat in the wind as you drive down the road and this movement can scuff the paint
So what about spray-on bedliners you may be asking?
It is true that spray in bedliners can be a little more expensive to get. However, a spray-on bedliner has a lot of benefits to offset that cost, such as:
a spray-on bedliner are not only much more durable but they are also resistant to corrosion.
A truck bed can be very noisy but a spray-on bedliner can reduce that traveling noise.
A drop-in bedliner will typically only last a short period however a spray-on bedliner will last much longer.
No worries about trapped water, causing rust and corrosion! A spray-on bedliner has outstanding adhesion to steal, as long as the proper surface prep is done. Once applied, nothing will get between the bedliner and your truck.
A spray-on bedliner will increase the resale value of your truck.
It’s also important to note the weaknesses of a spray on bedliner as well – for instance, if you do the job on your own, you run the chance of staining your truck which can be permanent. Also the hardness of the chosen chemical can affect your cargo, such as the possibility of scratching a wood finish. But if you use your truck for work on a regular basis, or concerned about the protection of your vehicle, then a spray-on bedliner is definitely the way to go for you.
If you want to learn more about spray-on bedliners, we’re here to help! Contact ArmorThane and learn more about our Spray-On Bed Liners.