Installing a spray-on bed liner on your truck bed has many advantages. It helps protect the truck bed from elements and abuse arising from everyday use. It also helps reduce the overall maintenance costs of your vehicle.
But the bedliner isn’t without some flaws.
Knowing these issues associated with these liners in advance will help you decide if you’ll still want to invest in them or look for other options.
Let’s take a closer at the most common problems associated with spray-in bedliners (and possible ways of fixing them).
Fading is inevitable in spray-on
One of the main problems we have seen truck owners associate spray-on bedliners with is discoloration or fading after a year(s) of use.
Yes, that professional-looking, eye-grabbing finish you just achieved on your truck with a spray-in liner will get discolored after around 1-3 years of use. We’re not breaking your heat, but this is unavoidable, no matter what liner you use.
The only good thing about this discoloration issue is that it’s slow if you use a premium liner. For low-quality bedliners, the discoloration will show up in a year or so.
This will definitely make you question whether these liners are really permanent.
Solution: There’s no way to avoid fading. The exposure to suns’ UV rays will always catch up with your spray-on liner and cause fading.
The only thing you can do here is investing in a high-quality liner that will take longer to fade.
Or you can apply a UV resistant clear coat on your liner to slow down the fading process.
Poorly installation procedures for these bedliners can significantly affect their effectiveness when it comes to protecting your truck bed.
Unfortunately, this problem is prevalent even when you hire a skilled installer for the job. Most of them fail to do the prep job as required, probably because they want to finish the job quickly.
As you already know, the prep job is basically the foundation of a good liner. And the result of poor prep is a liner that does not bond well with your truck bed. And sooner, you’ll witness the liner starting to bubble or peel.
Another problem that can arise with poor installation is rust and corrosion. Do we need to explain what rust can do to your truck?
Solution: It’s not easy to tell which installer will do an excellent job if you don’t know much about them. But you can try these solutions:
- When looking for an installer, we suggest that you ask your fellow truck owners, friends, or even family members if they know of a reputable company.
- You should also look for online reviews for various companies. Each customer complaint should be taken as a red flag. Too many red flags should make you question the reliability of the installer.
- ALWAYS be wary of companies who charge you way less than what the average cost for installing these liners…these might be the installers who are out there to complete the job and make quick money.
Exaggerated installation costs
If you thought spray-on problems created by installers are over, then you’re wrong.
Another issue that can you might have to deal with during the installation of your spray-in liner is varying installations fees, most of which are exaggerated.
If you study the installation fee from region to region, you’ll notice that it varies by abnormal margins. You’ll find that the cost for area A can be 3x what you’ll get charged in area B. This is because of some greedy installers who always want more or want to take shortcuts or even both.
In the worst-case scenario, the installer might charge you these exaggerated costs and fail to do a proper installation. This will leave you with an ineffective bedliner that just doesn’t meet your needs and expectations.
Solution: Again, the solution here is similar to what we have discussed in the previous issue of poor installation. Taking your time to find a trustworthy, reliable installer will help you avoid this problem.
Health issues (for DIY spray-in liners)
If you’re applying a DIY spray-on liner, then you can expose yourself to harmful fumes found in these products.
For instance, the liners feature MDI (methylene diphenyl diisocyanate), a polyurethane component that can cause respiratory issues, irritation of eyes, among other symptoms.
Solution: To ensure you safely apply a DIY spray-on liner, without affecting your health, we highly recommend you to put the right protective gear when applying the liner on your own. An approved respirator is one such gear.
Other problems you’re likely to experience with spray-on bed liners include:
- Poor customer service
- Manufacturers not living up to their warranty terms, and
- Some of the liners can get blemished over time and cause staining of your truck bed
Even though spray-on bed liners are a darling for almost every truck owner today, they have their fair share of problems, from fading after a few years of use to ineffectiveness as a result of poor installation. Poor installation can also give rust a chance to grow and even cause your liner to start peeling or chipping.
You can try to avoid most of the problems associated with these liners by hiring a trustworthy and reliable installer for the job in the first place.
Also, investing a premium liner will ensure you get a quality product that doesn’t fade quickly and protects your truck bed from everyday abuse and weather elements for an extended period of time.