What is a Bedliner?
A bedliner is a tool that can protect the productivity, durability, appearance and investment value of your truck. Currently, two types of bedliners are available.
Drop In Bedliners – Pros
• A drop-in bedliner is an easy-to-install and easy-to-remove plastic liner for the bed of a truck.
• Drop-in bedliners are generally made from flexible materials and have thick, rigid bodies that provide protection against dents in the bed of your truck.
• Drop-in bedliners are long lasting and easy to clean. They can mount under the bedrail or can be placed over it to add more protection.
Drop In Bedliners - Cons
• A drop-in bedliner is installed by drilling holes through the truck bed and rails and then dropping in a pre-fabricated plastic liner.
• Some drop-in bedliners are not solidly attached to the body of the vehicle and may shift around causing scuffing to the paint beneath the liner.
• Dirt and sand can also get behind and beneath a drop-in liner, resulting in scratches to the paint.
• Drop-in bedliners can be gouged, cracked or broken.
• Drop-ins are prone to trapping water and debris between the liner and the bed promoting condensation, water damage, abrasion, rust and corrosion.
• Paint can be sanded away by drop-in liners that are prone to vibration.
• Scored and scuffed body metal can be exposed to rust and corrosion.
• Drilled holes result in vulnerability to weather, elements and corrosion.
• Cargo space is lost to non-contour fitting liners.
• Bedliner surface is not easily repaired.
• Drop-in bedliners can break loose and fly out of the back of the truck.
Sprayed On Bedliners - Pros
• A spray-on bedliner, is installed by preparing the surface and then coating it with a protective material.
• Spray-on bedliners bond permanently.
• Spray-on bedliners mold around the contours of a truck bed, providing a weather and water tight seal with, no air gaps, no drill holes, no bolts and no lost cargo space.
• Spray-on bedliners stick to your truck's body panels alleviating any shifting and scratching of paint.
• Spray-on liners provide impact absorbing protection and minimize minor denting.
• Spray-on bedliners can be applied to any body panel, including interior or floor panels.
• Spray-on bedliners have a sleeker look than drop-in liners.
• Spray-on bedliners are easy to clean and repair.
• Spray-on bedliners are available in many colors.
• Spray-on bedliners provide a textured, non-skid surface.
• Spray-on bedliners provide chemical resistant protection.
• Spray-on bedliners provide sound and vibration absorption.
Sprayed On Bedliners - Cons
• Sprayed-on bedliners can't be removed.
• Sprayed-on bedliners are not as thick as drop-ins, making it more likely that dropping something sharp or heavy will dent or gouge the liner and the truck bed underneath.
• A sprayed-on liner should be applied by a professional for a professional appearance.
Protection is the bedliner's primary job. Protection of a truck bed begins with the installation of a quality bedliner. There are many brands of pickup truck bedliners available. They may offer different features, but they all fall into two basic categories: drop-in and sprayed-on. Which is the best for your pickup truck? How do you use your truck? Will the bedliner protect your truck from constant hauling of heavy objects? Do you need slight protection for occasional use? Or is the bedliner strictly for looks? Study online resources, then visit local bedliner distributors. Ask questions about each bedliner to decide which is the best one for your needs.