Spray on bed liners finish the looks of a pickup bed probably better than any bed coating option. Especially now that the bed liner coating color can match the paint of your pickup. However, bed liners have several problems. If you’re thinking of getting a spray liner or curently have one, here are a few ideas to consider.
Permanent may not necessarily be best. Sure, it is a plus to get a liner that lasts so long as the truck, especially with a life-time warranty. But that in no ways means you receive a liner that can’t be damaged. See, the guarantee just means the liner will be repaired.
Repair means a respray with all the current accompanying hassles and time spent. And meanwhile you drive a pickup with a damaged liner and maybe likelihood of a damaged bed too. spray on bedliner The true key to spray liner durability could be the thickness of the coating. Meaning liner material may be torn away and worn away and still the damage might not get to the bed itself.
Another thought you may not want to take into account is how that liner gets on the truck. The only way the liner paint will always be on has been proper surface preparation. Meaning the paint gets sanded very aggressively. Everything but gets destroyed ahead of the liner coat goes on. Picture this. You get this new truck with the carefully applied factory paint coating and then you definitely pay this person to take an air sander and sand the paint almost off. You then spray a paint coating on over that.
That’s certainly not a poor thing, it’s only a painful thought. That’s what it takes to obtain that “permanent” liner.
Damage to truck beds comes as more than scratches too. Dents can do more harm than scrapes can really. Dents certainly take more to fix than a few scratches. Dent protection is another way that liners purchase themselves. Spray coatings usually add nearly a complete quarter inch to the bed thickness. That coat includes rubber texture material in addition to fast hardening paint as well. That thickness absorbs bumps while warding off damage.
For looks a sprayed liner may be unbeatable, however for protection a cheap alternative avoids some of the problems built-in with spray.
Cheap rubber mats protect from impact better and are often removed. With permanent liners, really nasty hauling makes chaos of the bed and you have no choice but to either clean it out or leave it a mess. But with temporary liners, it’s a simple task to slide the mat in or out when you really need it or once you don’t.
Another consideration with spray on bed liners arises once you get the purchase price tag. A professional coating costs you big. That is clearly a real reason to look at other choices or at the least to carefully protect the liner if you curently have one.