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Oct

Truck Bed Liner – Truck Bed Covers

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Truck Bed Liner – Truck Bed Covers

Bedliner or just Bedliner is an add-on protection installed or attached to a truck bed. They are primarily used to prevent damage and impact to the bed of your truck from anything that falls or hits the bed. There are two general types of bedliners; “drop-in” and “spray-on”. Both types have benefits, although drop-in bedliners tend to be more popular in conventional trucks.

Drop-in bedliner materials are rolled in and attached to the bed rails, while spray-on bedliners are applied to the bedliner itself. A drop-in bedliner is applied to a particular area of your truck bed by rolling it over the bed rail. The spray-on bedliner is then applied to the area you want protected. The coat thickness will depend on the manufacturer’s instructions, but the most common coating thickness is six inches deep.

Spray-ons are also available in various coatings and thicknesses. Once again, the coating thickness will depend on the manufacturer’s instructions, but most common is three inches deep. Most spray-ons protect against impacts to your cargo and the bed frame, but they do not prevent damage to your truck’s cowl or bumper covers. Some protection is provided by the bedliner material as well; if the bumper has a raised lip around it, the spray-on coating will cover this raised lip, protecting your bumpers. Spraying also protects the paint on your bumpers and cowls from damage by abrasion or weathering from impacts.

If you decide to use both a spray-on and a drop-in bedliner, you must make sure that you choose the correct one for your make and model year. The two types of bedliner are similar enough that most companies offer both in their truck lines. There are differences, however. Drop-ins protect from impacts by acting as a solid, impermeable barrier between the bed and the body of your truck. If you live in an area where snowfall is common and the underside of your bed can become cracked from falling snow, then a spray-on bedliner will protect your paint from water damage and peeling.

If you choose a spray-on liner for your truck bed, you should carefully measure and prepare your bed, especially near the tailgate. If you over-fit the liner, you may find that it doesn’t cover the entire bed, leaving some unprotected space. If this is the case, you should plan to paint the area again before delivery. The spray-ons are easier to measure and apply, but it’s still a good idea to get everything perfectly in line before painting. It’s very easy to miss a corner or over-lap a body panel.

When choosing a bedliner, there are several important features to consider. First, you have to make sure it has a waterproof lining, so water and other liquids won’t ruin your paint. Second, you need to make sure that it’s a good, thick plastic liner with the right thickness to effectively protect your pickup from corrosion and rust. Finally, look for a spray-on bedliner that offers a warranty against cracking, peeling or water seepage.