Most truck owners would probably agree that having a bed liner is important. Where they might not agree is on the type of liner. There are several options, but it usually boils down to whether a drop-in or spray-on bed liner is the right choice. If you are trying to make this decision, here is what you need to know.
Which One Is Right for Your Truck?
Spray-on bed liners have several benefits, including the option to use the coating whenever you want. As long as the area is properly prepped, you do not have to wait to protect the bed of your truck. A misconception about spray-ons is that once it is applied, it will not be coarse enough to prevent cargo from sliding around in the back of the truck. In actuality, it holds up far better than some other types of liners, including a plastic drop-in liner.
There is a drawback to the spray-on liner though. It is not removable. If you buy a new truck, you will not have the luxury of simply transferring your liner to the new vehicle. The spray-on could also affect the warranty on your truck. If there is corrosion, the manufacturer could decline to honor the warranty.
Drop-in bed liners are relatively simply when it comes to the installation. For many truck owners, that is a time saver because they can do it themselves. You can also move the liner to a new vehicle and save on the expense of buying a new one. The liners are generally inexpensive compared to other types of liners.
Drop-in liners do have a downside. The low price point sometimes means they are not made of the best materials. As a result, you could need a replacement sooner than expected. The liners also have a slick surface, which could mean cargo sliding around in the back of your truck.
Can You Apply the Spray-On Yourself?
Some truck owners do apply the spray-on truck liner themselves using a kit. However, it is advisable that a professional does it. The application requires skill and attention to detail. If it is not applied correctly, it will not be as effective and provide the protection that is needed.
If you do choose to proceed with the installation yourself, be sure to read the instructions carefully and gather all the materials you need before installing. You do not want to run the risk of the spray drying while you search for a tool that is needed. Talk with someone like Leer Truck Accessory Center for more information.