So you just bought a new truck, and now you’re thinking of covering its bed with a bed liner to keep it protected from weather elements and everyday abuse.
In the market, the two most common types of bed liners you’ll find include spray-in and drop-in bed liners.
Truck owners have always urged over which of the two options does a better job at protecting your truck. The varying opinions from experienced users make it quite hard, especially for starters, to choose between the two liners.
We have done our research on each of the two liners, and we’ll share with you our full findings below to help you make a more informed decision.
What makes the best be liner?
FIRST things first…before we can delve into more details on the two liners above, let’s first understand what makes the perfect bed liner for your truck.
The KEY factors that will affect your choice of bedliner include:
With this info in mind, now we can look at the details of the two top bed liners to help you understand how they compare and contrast…
Drop-in bed liner
This is simply a plastic/rubber liner that’s molded to securely fit in the bed of your truck and then fastened to the bed using bolts. Unlike the spray-in liners, this liner isn’t permanent and lets you remove it if the need arises, say when it gets damaged.
The liner is also incredibly easy to install and doesn’t require any professional installation. Once you put it in place, the flexible material offers protection against any denting attempts on your truck bed.
However, keep in mind that these liners could become loose if installed incorrectly. This can cause them to scratch your truck body paint. Dirt, water, debris, etc. might also find their way between the liner and your truck bed and cause damage. The drilled holes can make your truck vulnerable to weather elements.
The COST of drop-in bed liner depends on the materials used. If you go for a rubber bed liner, it’ll cost you approx. $50 to $200. A plastic liner will cost you approx. $140 to $400.
Who is the Drop-in Bedliner for?
With the key strengths and weaknesses of the drop-in bedliner in mind, do you think this liner is for you?
We believe the drop-in bedliner is for:
Spray-in bed liner
This is a type of liner that comes as a liquid and gets sprayed or rolled onto your truck bed. On drying, the liner forms a solid, permanent cover on your truck bed contours—offering weather and watertight seal that keeps off elements.
Although these liners might not be as thick as the drop-in liners, they offer impact absorption, which helps save your bed from minor dents.
For the best results, professional installation is required for these bedliners.
As you might have noticed, the popularity of this bedliner has risen to high levels in recent years. This is mainly due to the durability and high level of protection a high-quality spray-on liners offers you.
Don’t forget that these liners come in a variety of colors to help you customize your truck. And cleaning them is pretty easy.
The COST of a spray-on bed liner can carry depending on the manufacturer you get your liner from. But the cost generally ranges from $300 to $900.
Who is the spray-in bed liner for?
Now that we have fed you with everything you need to know about the two popular types of bed liners, the rest is up to you. Digest this info, closely comparing the strengths and weaknesses of the two liners to help you make a wise decision.
If you want a permanent, reliable liner, then the spray-in bed liner is the way to go. If you want something you can easily remove at any time, then go the drop-in liner way.
If your truck carries heavy-duty equipment, materials, and harsh chemicals, then you’d want to use the spray-on liner as it can withstand heavy-duty use for years.
And if budget is an issue, the drop-in liner will cost you way less than the spray-in liners. However, keep in mind that the low price point might mean less quality and a shorter lifespan.
Have you already decided on the right liner to buy for your truck?