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Bedliners Vs. Bed Mats: Which One Should You Get?

If you’ve owned your truck for even a short period of time you know how quickly the bed of a truck can develop scratches, dents, and other damage from the elements, along with hauling any type of cargo. Due to the ease in which truck beds manifest damage, many truck owners buy some sort of protection for their truck bed, either in the form of a bedliner or bed mat. Since all truck bed protection accessories are designed with a durable surface created to protect and dissuade cargo from moving, choosing between a bedliner and a bed mat can sometimes be confusing.

Below, you’ll find relevant information regarding bed mats and bedliners and the advantages and disadvantages that each offer.

Truck Bed Mats

Truck bed mats can be defined as mats that are designed to fit in the bed of your truck constructed from material such as plastic, rubber or carpet. Well executed truck bed mats can offer long lasting protection from the elements and help to reduce cargo from shifting around. Additionally, truck bed mats are easy to clean as they can be removed relatively easily. Generally speaking, since truck bed mats were only created to protect the bed and not the sides of the truck bed, mats are usually more affordable than their truck bedliner counterparts. The simple design of a truck bed mat makes for a hassle-free installation and removal process. No matter the make or model of your truck you can have a truck bed mat customized to fit the specific dimensions of your truck.

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Truck bedliners are becoming more and more popular as people are beginning to see the numerous benefits of a bedliner. For truck bedliners, you have a couple different options; spray-on bedliner or a drop-in bedliner. Each of these bedliners has its own set of pros and cons as you’ll soon find out.

Spray-On Bedliners

Spray-on bedliners are becoming more popular with the off-roading community, as many truck drivers are seeing the numerous benefits that a spray-on bedliner can offer. One of the biggest reasons for so many choosing to have a spray-on bedliner as opposed to the other options available, is because it is able to protect the bed of the truck while still maintaining and preserving the contours of the truck. Spray-on bedliners are also ridiculously effective in preventing scratches from cargo, oil and other chemical spills, along with elemental damage from harming the metal of the truck. Plus, unlike any other type of bedliner, you never have to worry about rust or water damage impacting the bed of your truck. The only real disadvantage of a spray-on bedliner is the price. However, many people are willing to spend a little extra upfront if it means higher quality protection and value retention for their truck.

Drop-In Bedliners

Just like spray in bedliners, drop-in bedliners offer a truck bed full protection, including the bottom all three sides and usually the tailgate. Drop-in bedliners are typically made with plastic or a thermoplastic/rubber composite blend. These type of bedliners are fitted for specific makes and models. Drop-in bedliners can be drilled in place or installed via adhesive strips, depending on you preference and where you get your bedliner. The main disadvantage with these types of bedliners, as well as mat bedliners is the potential to succumb to water damage, especially if not installed properly. Like truck bed mats, drop-in bedliners are fairly easy to remove.

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Knowing the various advantages and disadvantages of each type of liner, can assist you in making the right decision for your needs. Ask yourself the following questions to determine which of these bedliners is the best choice for you.

  • How big is your bedliner budget? Are you on a tight budget?
  • Are you planning on selling your truck in the future?
  • Do you care if your truck bed gets damage from cargo, chemicals, or the elements?
  • Do you need your entire truck protected or just the bottom?

Ordinarily, if you are working with a tight budget and aren’t too concerned about the sides of your truck bed, a truck bed mat is the best route to go. Although, if you don’t mind making an investment up front, you will reap the rewards of an actual bedliner. Spray-on and drop-in bedliners are in about the same price range, so the decision to get a spray-on or drop-in bedliner is usually based on personal preference. Do keep in mind though, if you go with the drop-in bedliner, you do run the risk of potential water damage, rust, and corrosion developing underneath the bedliner, as more often than not they lack a watertight seal.

Why a Quality Spray-On Bedliner is Worth Every Penny

Knowing that the only real disadvantage of a spray-on bedliner is the price, let’s explore why it does demand such a higher price than the alternative truck bed mat. Spray-on bedliners are:

  • Tough and Durable – If we’re talking LINE-X spray-on bedliners (which we are). You’ll be equipping your truck bed with a higher tensile strength that the competition just can’t match. This means you’ll have unsurpassed protections against gouges, rips and tears.
  • No Lost Cargo Space – With no cargo space lost, camper shells, 5th wheel hitches, tie downs, utility boxes, bed lids, etc. still have an excellent fit since LINE-X precisely molds to the contours and design of your truck bed.
  • Sound Dampening and Impact Absorbing – Less road noise? No rattle? Yes, please! Spray-on bedliners offer a sweetly quiet ride compared to an unprotected or even drop-in bedliner protected truck bed. Spray-on bedliners from LINE-X can also protect cargo from shifting about thanks to the optimum thickness and texture impact-absorbing surface provided by the bedliner.
  • Permanent Bond – Spray-on bedliners permanently bond to your truck bed leaving you with a factory-eque finish that contours around every angle and curve to preserve your precious cargo space all the while creating a watertight seal.
  • Value Added – Professionally applied LINE-X Spray-On bedliner contains durable polymers that were engineered to withstand years of heavy duty hauling in the scorching heat or the frigid cold. An added bonus to these bedliners is that they add value to your truck , along with its resale value at trade-in time.

To find out more information about how to get your truck fitted with a top of the line spray-on bedliner from LINE-X contact us today. We’ll discuss what options are best for you rig and get the liner installed for you in no time at all.

 

Do I Really Need a Bed Liner?

bed linerThe short answer is, yes, you do need a bed liner for your truck. And while we could stop there, it’s important as a truck owner that you know the benefits of each type of liner and what type of bed liner is the best option for you. It doesn’t matter if your truck is your daily driver or your off-road rig that only sees the trails every other weekend, you don’t need us to tell you that a durable bed liner is a vital asset to equip your truck with.

There are various types liners to choose for the bed of your truck from spray-on bed liners to drop-in bed liners, and even bed liners made from carpet, wood or rubber. In the industry, the most trusted bed liners are spray-on bed liners, but let’s take a look at the different types before you make your final decision.

Spray-On Bed Liners

Spray-on bed liners are some of the most durable protective coatings you can furnish the bed of your truck with. Designed to provide an air tight seal, spray-on bed liners don’t allow for the regular wear and tear usually attributed to the elements, everyday chemicals, and cargo in the bed of your truck. Spray-on bed liners are aso wicked effective for protecting your beloved outfit from other types of damage like rust and corrosion. Though we may be little biased, we believe spray-on bed liners are superior to any other type of bed liner available on the market.

Drop-In Bed Liners

A drop-in bed liner is just what it sounds like. A material (usually plastic) is form-fitted to adhere to the bed of the truck and then “dropped” in to cover the truck bed. Once it is properly fitted to the truck bed, the drop-in bed liner is then bolted in.Though drop-in bed liners are generally less expensive than spray-on bed liners, they require a lot more maintenance. As the years pass, your drop-in bed liner may loosen or shift its position, leaving you with a only partially protected bed. Additionally, drop-in bed liners are not known for being air-tight like a spray-on bed liner.

The Other Guys

If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to drop-in or spray-on bed liners, there are options available. Though many are of the DIY persuausion, you can choose to furnish your truck bed with a protective bed liner made from carpet, wood, or rubber. However, these “bed liners” only provide a semi-protective surface and shouldn’t be used for long time periods, as both carpet and wood have a tendency to grow mold and/or rot from too much exposure to moisture.

Bottom Line

If you plan on driving your truck and transporting any type of cargo or exposing it to the unpredictable elements of the great outdoors, you need a bed liner that is going to last as long as the lease to your truck is. Browse LINE-X’s selection of spray-on bed liners if you’re looking for a bed liner that carries a lifetime warranty against cracking, bubbling, or flaking as long as you own your truck.

St. Jude Fundraiser

Protecting What Matters Most

This September, Red Desert is proud to be part of the LINE-X family as we partner with St. Jude to raise awareness for Childhood Cancer, by donating $10 to the St. Jude Foundation for every LINE-X truck bed liner sold between August 27- September 30.  

Last year LINE-X was able to raise $103,590 for St. Jude’s, this year we hope to top that! Our goal is to raise over $100,000 for the kids at St. Jude’s and we are asking for your help to meet this goal.

There are many ways to show your support for St. Jude’s by making LINE-X your preferred truck bedliner. Already have a bedliner, but still want to donate? This year we are giving our preferred customers a few different options to make a difference in a child’s life. You can either text to donate or purchase a promotional item online to show your support and help save a child’s life.

The stakes are higher this September. Whether it’s providing the best protection for a customer’s truck or helping children battle cancer, you can be a part of something special this month. We hope that you’ll join us.

To donate directly to St. Jude’s, text LINEX to 626262, 100% of donations go directly to St. Jude’s.
You can also show your love for the brand and support the kids of St. Jude by purchasing Special LINE-X/St. Jude Merch during the fundraising period. All proceeds of St. Jude branded items will go directly to St. Jude’s Children Hospital. Other LINE-X apparel will also be available for purchase.

Visit LINEX.com/GiveToStJude to learn more and get involved

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Not All Spray on Truck Bedliners Were Created Equal

You want your off road vehicle to play as hard as you do, but without the damage can could result. Many truck manufacturers will claim that their trucks were created for both smooth daily driving and off road adventures, however, few trucks come stock with the necessary features to handle the daily abuse that often happens with truck beds. This is why investing in a premium spray on truck bed liner is crucial to extending the life and look of your beloved off road vehicle. At Red Desert Off Road, we don’t mess around with subpar bed liners that will end up cracking after just a few years. As off road enthusiasts ourselves, we are proud to carry LINE-X Spray on Bedliners at our Southern Utah showroom which carry a lifetime warranty against any cracking, bubbling, and flaking

LINE-X bed liners have quickly become the gold standard for truck bed protection over the last decade. The marriage of continual development and superior science has resulted in a bed liner that is 300% stronger than ever before. Created to deliver a consistent coating of at least 125 mils throughout the entire truck bed liner and hold up against extreme environmental conditions, LINE-X has redefined spray on truck bed liners forever.

LINE-X offers a broad variety of bed liners to fit all of your needs, this includes our LINE-X Xtra line that offers color match technology, so you can customize your rig however you see fit. Browse our selection of bed liners below, to see what spray on truck bed liner fits the bill.

LINE-X Premium

Unlike spray on truck bed liners of the past, the LINE-X Premium bed liner combines impact and abrasion protection, as well as UV protection to ensure your bed liner looks brand new even after years of wear and tear. Carrying LINE-X’s Nationwide Lifetime Warranty and engineered with the same material that has protected the Pentagon, these spray on truck bed liners are naturally resistant to most chemicals, such a gasoline, diesel fuel, chlorine, bleach and other household solvents.

LINE-X Renew

Whether you use your truck as a casual daily driver, a workhorse, or an off road adventure machine, factory bed liners can take a beating-this is where LINE-X Renew comes into play. LINE-X Renew was created to repair and enhance other spray on truck bed liners to create an almost identical match to the original LINE-X spray on bed liner. Upgrade your current, fragile bed liner to a superior bed liner without the need to completely strip the old bed liner.

LINE-X XTRA

At Red Desert, we disagree that bed liners have to be a “boring old black color”, that’s why we are thrilled to carry LINE-X’s latest creation-LINE-X XTRA. These spray on truck bed liners feature Color Match technology, which enable you to choose from a wide range of styles and customization solutions. Through a “hot process” LINE-X will match the color of your choosing for your spray on liner. Just like our regular bed liners, LINE-X Xtra provides the pinnacle of protection by offering a long lasting finish that is resistant to fading, harsh chemicals, and daily abuse.

As you can see, the sky’s the limit in creating a bed liner that is both stylish and well protected from the elements and whatever else you throw in there. Come see us today, to get set up with a state of the art LINE-X spray on truck bed liner.