Are Truck Bed Liners a Useful Option?
Are Truck Bed Liners a Useful Option?
Bedliner paint is a protective coating applied or fitted to a truck bed. They are used primarily to protect the bed from abrasion and impact damage. There are generally two broad classifications of bedliners; “drop-in” and “spray-on/arp”. Drop-in bedliners, as the name suggests, are fitted directly to the truck bed without an add-on sheet. Spray-on bedliners are applied to the bed of a pickup via a drum or nozzle and have a liner that sticks to the bed rails and is then held in place by an adhesive.
The spray-on bedliner is the easiest type to apply. Simply apply the coating thickness as directed by the manufacturer and then wait for it to dry. The bedliner will remain in place until the truck drives away or another coat is added. In addition to protecting the bed, spray-on bedliners are available in a wide range of colors, styles and textures to suit different looks and needs. Another benefit of using spray-ons is that they do not attract bird droppings. However, the disadvantage is that the longer the spray remains on the truck bed, the more likely dust particles will be trapped underneath and become airborne, which may compromise the effectiveness of the coating.
For long drives, or when the weather is expected to be particularly harsh, bed liners perform well. However, some manufacturers recommend against using spray on bed liners during the winter months due to the potential for build-up of salt and other debris in the truck’s bed. Although salt accumulation can reduce the effectiveness of most bed liner paints, certain brands are made specifically for salt-tolerant trucks. Spraying the bedliner on the interior side of a pickup helps to prevent rust from forming under the bed lining.
When spraying bed liners, it is important to pay attention to the tailgate, or rear window, of the vehicle. This area is at risk for developing rust stains if it is not maintained regularly. Since there is considerable variation in appearance among models and years of trucks, spray on bed liners should be applied to the entire truck, not just the area directly behind the rear window. This ensures that the coating will cover the entire bed, including the sides, tops and bottoms.
For those looking for an inexpensive but effective way to protect their cargo, there is still an effective way to apply polyurethane. Polyurethane spray-in bedliner products are available in two forms: a hard plastic tube that can be drilled into and applied with the hands or a gas-powered air compressor that produces a spray that is nearly identical to that of a paint brush. The benefits of using a sprayer over a paintbrush are that the application process takes much less time and is more convenient. The compressor method does require a bit more effort to maintain as it requires frequent pumping to keep the material moist. However, if the interior of your truck is not in need of protection and polyurethane is not likely to significantly increase the price tag of your truck, spraying is an inexpensive option.
If you are considering an upgrade to your truck bedliner, whether to make an appearance or to save money, there are a few things to consider. A liner provides a high level of protection against stains, scratches, and damage. It also helps to prevent buildup of rust, which can decrease the overall life of your truck bed by damaging the floor and structure of your pickup. Finally, bed liners protect the interior of your truck bed from becoming soaked in rain or snow during driving. These liners are available in a variety of different colors and are often referred to as “cans” since they resemble the appearance of a can of beverage.