Load liners help in securing the goods in a truck. Similarly, a proper bed liner is a worthy investment as it not only protects the truck, but also maintains its condition. A variety of bed liners are available for trucks. Each of these types of bed liner has their advantages and disadvantages. Read this article to learn how to choose a roll on bed liner.
Roll on bed liner
This is a great choice to improve your truck’s appearance. It is simple and you can do it yourself at home. You first need to prepare the surface before your apply the paint coating.
Thoroughly scrape your truck to remove the rust. Pressure-wash the bed and then clean the surface with an acetone cleaner. Use sandpaper to make the surface smooth and again wash off the dust. Now, you are ready to use the roll on bed liner. Cover key areas
Cover areas such as drain holes and fittings (like bolts) that you do not want to coat with paint. Cover the sides of the truck to avoid splashing. Applying the paint
Use inexpensive foam brushes and rollers for painting so that you can dispose of them when you finish. You may also want to use a pan and pan liner in addition to the brush. Apply the coating on the edges first and then move further to the surface. Let the surface dry before you apply the second coat. Curing may take about three days depending on the weather.
Spray on bed liner
People in the bed liner industry often prefer a spray on bed liner. In fact, it is the most popular choice among truck liners. However, this method has its own advantages and disadvantages. Advantages It gives one of the best results and nothing can beat this method in giving a well-finished look to your truck. Disadvantages This method of lining a truck is one of the most expensive methods and is not very cost-effective.
Other bed liner types
The other common bed liner choices are Pickup bed liners, Plastic drop in liner and rubber truck bed mats. The prices, purpose and finish varies based on the bed liner you choose for your truck. A rubber truck bed mat protects the bed liner from scratches. The thick rubber mats offer sturdy protection against a sudden impact underneath the truck. It is easy to store and clean, and can be slipped in and out whenever required. Carpet bed mats are softer but heavier. They are more difficult to maintain compared to rubber mats.