Different Types of Truck Bed Liners and Their Benefits
If you’re a truck owner, you’ve likely asked yourself one too many times, “Should I or should I not get a truck bed liner?” It’s a yes in most – if not all – cases. Before you actually buy one though, take time to know the different kinds of truck bed liners you will find today.
Spray-on liners are exactly as they sound: they’re made of a substance that you literally spray onto your truck using a manufacturer-supplied applicator. This makes for an airtight seal that will protect your truck bed from water, salt, sand or any other loose materials. Spray-on liners work best for damage prevention as well, like corrosion, abrasion and the like.
The idea behind drop-in liners is as simple as that behind spray-on liners. A drop-in liner is no more than a sheet of plastic “dropped” into the bed and fastened in place. One issue with drop-in liners is that those gaps could become an entry point for loose materials, and besides, the bolts are probably going to loosen over time. On the bright side though, they are less expensive than spray-ons.
Spray-on Versus Drop-In
Here’s the deal: spray-on bed liners are the best ones to get.
Spray-on truck bed liners are straight-out better than drop-in liners for a variety of reasons.
For one, they’re highly versatile. After all, you just spray it on! There’s no need for concerns about sizing and making sure the liner fits. Once you have sprayed on your truck bed in its entirety, that’s total protection right there. You get to save time and also energy.
Additionally, spray-on liners will never dislodge or change positions as they have practically adhered to the truck bed itself. You can’t even move them! On the other hand, drop-in liners are likely to rip or crack, giving moisture a chance to leak inside and the metal to rust. Finally, spray-on liners are the cheapest in terms of maintenance when compared to other types of truck bed liners available these days. Just another thing responsible for their massive popularity. While spray-ons may be more expensive upfront, they always turn out to be more cost-effective overall.
A carpet can be adhered to the truck bed’s metal portion, making a partly protective surface that will do well for moving sensitive stuff. Rubber may be used but it won’t be half as effective as those spray-on or hard plastic liners. Lastly, you might consider wood, but do remember that this material is going to rot after some time, so don’t expect it to be as effective as spray-ons or plastic.