Benefits of Using Low Pressure Spray-On Bedsliner
Truck bed liner or just bedliner is an accessory usually applied or installed in a pickup bed. They are used to prevent damage to the pickup’s bed from impact and everyday abrasion damage. There are two basic classifications of bedliners; “drop-in” and “spray-on/on”. Each type of bedliner has its own benefits and drawbacks.
Drop-In Bedliners The drop-in bedliner, as the name suggests, is applied directly to the pickup’s bed. It is held in place with screws and a few plastic clips. It is the easiest type of bedliner to install because it only calls for a minimum of tools to complete the job. This bedliner is recommended when pick-up owners don’t have time to spend hours in bedwork or during off-road driving. It can also be applied to trucks with removable bed liners to augment the protection of the already-installed bedliner.
Spray-On Bedliners On the other hand, the spray-on bedliner is applied with an airbrush. This is the most difficult type of bedliner to install. It requires the use of proper air pressure, special tools and paint preparation. In most cases, new truck owners opt for spray-on bedliner to protect their newly-purchased trucks from everyday wear and tear such as scratches, dents and dings. However, some trucks that are outfitted with special features such as integral bedrails and roll cages require more extensive work.
Truck Bed Liners Most bed liners are water or stain-resistant. There are even special bedliner paints designed to resist stains caused by soda, oil and grease. These paints protect pickup trucks’ beds against water-soaked spots, mud, and snow. Other chemicals that can coat the bed liner are polyurethane and liquid rubber. Polyurethane has a glossy, metallic finish while liquid rubber creates a soft, velvety feel. Both paints can provide exceptional protection for pickup trucks’ beds.
Timing and Use Toward Proper Installation Spray-on bedliner applied according to manufacturer’s instructions provide a smooth, glossy surface that requires no waiting. The coating dries fairly quickly once it dries so you can immediately apply your modifications. Forcing the process before it’s ready, on the other hand, is not advised. A sprayer with wide-spout and rapid-drip sprayer is advisable. Use it on both sides of the bed to evenly spread the coating. When applying and timing your spray-on bedliner, make sure to spray from opposite sides to avoid a “halo” effect around the edge of the bed.
Foam Insulation Another benefit of spray-on bedliners is foam insulation. The material, typically made of ethylene propylene diene terpolymer (EPD), traps air in its exterior pocket, allowing heat to be retained during the winter. This prevents loss of heated air to the atmosphere and lowers the temperature inside the vehicle. Lowering the temperature inside the cab helps extend the life of the heater, extending the useful life of the engine as well. Timing and use of these bedliner systems ensure the best benefits of foam insulation.