What Kind of Bed Liner Should I Get for My Truck?
Choosing a Bed Liner: The Basics
Protecting your truck bed is important. If you scratch up the paint or let water sit under the stock liner, you’ll get rust spots. Seeing that most of us use our trucks for work or outdoor projects, though, we need to be able to beat the tar out of it. That’s where bed liners come in. What is a bed liner, and why should you choose to upgrade your bed lining? Trucks Only has the details.
Today, we’ll look at what kind of bed liner you should get for your truck.
The Type of Bed Liner to Use in Your Truck
Trying to determine which bed liners for pickup trucks are best? There are four different types of bed liner: drop-in, spray-on, bed rug, and bed mat. The one you should choose depends on what type of materials you haul and your budget. Let’s take a closer look at each to see which bed lining is right your vehicle.
Drop-In Bed Liner
Every new truck comes with a drop-in bed liner. They’re made of plastic and are molded to specifically fit any given truck model. They absorb shock relatively well. They are affordable, usually costing around $180. If you’re in construction or another field where you tend to load your truck bed with loose materials, this is a great option.
Spray-On Bed Liner
Truck bed spray-on liners are highly customizable, down to the color and texture. However, they are the most expensive and time-consuming to install. Getting a spray-on liner professionally done averages around $500-$600. If you transport things like chemicals, paints, or other liquids, truck bed spray-on liners are a great option, as there is nothing for the liquid to get caught under.
Bed Rug Bed Liner
Bed rugs are a lot like drop-in liners. They are molded to your specific vehicle. They require no drilling and won’t scratch up your truck bed. The rug liner can be taken out and cleaned off easily. Rug liners are the most comfortable of liners to work with. So, if you spend a lot of time crawling around in your truck bed moving things, this is an excellent option. They usually go for around $450.
Bed Mat Bed Liner
Bed mats are great if you are on a budget and also don’t want things to move around. They are made out of recycled rubber, meaning they have excellent grip and shock absorption. Being made from recycled rubber also makes them one of the cheapest bed liners. They usually run around $100. However, rubber doesn’t mold easily, so they won’t be a snug fit. Generally, these bed liners cover just the bed floor, not the sides.
Which Bed Lining is Right for Me?
Still deciding on bed liners for pickup trucks? That’s ok! The team at Trucks Only is here to answer any questions you may have. Contact us at your convenience. No matter which make of truck you have, our expert mechanics can help you choose which liner is right for you. Once you’ve decided, we can get it installed properly, at an affordable price. In the meantime, you can learn more about proper truck care and maintenance with our helpful guides.