Why Choose a Spray-In Bedliner For Your Truck?
If you own a truck, then you know the importance of having a protective coating for the bed. After all, truck beds get a lot of abuse – especially if if you use your truck every day to haul items around. That’s why it’s important to get a bedliner to protect your investment. Bedliners are great to protect to surface and avoid such accidents like scratching the paint. But what kind should you get? And is one type more reliable than the other?
First, know that there are two classifications for truck bedliners: “drop-in” and “Spray-on.” Unlike a spray-on bedliner, drop-in bedliners can easily be taken in and out of the truck bed, which is good for cleaning purposes. The cost is pretty reasonable, they can be easy to replace, and can be custom fitted for your truck. Plus, they’re easy to install – just slip on in and you’re done!
But, there are weak points to drop-in bedliners, many which can severely damage your vehicle. For instance, if you have an older, rubber unit, they don’t really protect the inner bedsides as well as a newer model or a spray-on bedliner. If you get a plastic one, they can trap water between the liner and the bed which can lead to rust or corrosion, especially if your truck sits for a long period of time. Plus, the plastic version can vibrate and become loose quickly, which can wear through the paint on your bed floor and expose bare metal.
So what about spray-on bedliners? True, it is a little more expensive to get a spray-on liner compared to a drop-in. However, a spray-on bedliner has a lot of benefits to offset that cost, such as:
- Durability: a spray-on bedliner is not only more durable than a drop-in but is resistant to corrosion.
- Noise Canceling: A truck bed can be somewhat noisy. However, a spray-on bedliner can reduce that traveling noise.
- Long Lasting: A drop-in bedliner will only last you for a short time. But a spray-on bedliner can outlive the life of the truck in normal circumstance useage.
- Watertight: No worries about trapped water, causing rust a corrosion. A spray-on bedliner has excellent adhesion to steel, as long as the proper surface prep is done.
- Choices: There are various textures available for spray-on bedliners, from a hard surface to one with a grip.
- Resale increase: A spray-on bedliner will increase the resale of your vehicle.
- Coverage: Not only can the truck bed be covered, but so can the bedrails and tailgate. This is great to prevent scratches and missing paint.
- Versatile: There are more uses to this product than just beliners, it can also be used to protect rocker panels and fenderwells as well as replace interior floor mats.
It’s important to note the weaknesses – for instance, if you do the job yourself, you may run into staining your truck which can be permanent. Plus the hardness of the chosen chemical can affect your cargo, such as a scratch to a wood finish. But if you use your truck for work on a regular basis, or are concerned about the protection of your vehicle, then a spray-on bedliner is the way to go.
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