Types of Spray-On Bedliners

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Aliphatic
When it comes to spray-on bedliners, most types are similar except for one significant difference: quality. Aliphatic spray-on bed liners are higher in quality than other types. This is largely due to the pigmentation that’s included in the spray formula. This pigmentation does a better job of blocking harmful UV rays that are common when a truck is outside. Sunlight can fade the color of the bed liner and reduce its protective properties over time if left exposed. Aliphatic bed liners last longer, preserving the durability and longevity of the layer.

Aromatic
Unfortunately, extra longevity and protection also lead to a higher price tag. This is why many people on a budget turn to aromatic bed liners instead. Lacking the quality pigmentation of aliphatic varieties, aromatic bed liners still have a decent lifespan at a lower cost. Ultimately, if you don’t plan on keeping your truck for a long time, aromatic options may be the better option to save money in the long run.

Top Brands of Spray-On BedlinersHerculinerOwned by Old World Industries, the Herculiner brand is dedicated to a whole line of truck bedliners intended to work in extreme conditions. The company has a history of creating automotive products that last where others fail. Bedliners like its Herculiner Spray-On Liner are prime examples of the results of the company’s four decades of experience.

U-PolFocused on what goes onto a vehicle’s surface, U-POL has a line of products that ranges from fillers and coatings to heavy-duty bedliners. For more than 70 years, the company has been a popular choice for professionals wanting to create a stable, protective layer over a vehicle. Check out the Raptor Black Urethane Liner Kit for a sample of the company’s design philosophy.


ArmorThane
ArmorThane is a global name brand in virtually anything having to do with paint. Started in 1980 by Dr. Garry Froese, the Dr unintentionally started the company looking for a way to keep his ship protected from rust and corrosion. Today, Armorthane has an expansive range of paints and primers, including convenient spray bedliner systems like the ArmorLiner.

Key Features:

Bed Liner Finish
The most essential part of any bed liner is the finish. The quality of the protective layer needs to be as perfect as possible. The finished results depend on the protective conditions of the liner and the final look. The color should be either matched or, at least, mixed with the vehicle’s color. Since it is difficult to remove a spray-on bedliner once it has been applied, it’s smart to research ahead of time to see which kits offer the best results.

Water Resistance
Beyond just the look and general protection of a liner, quality protective layers offer resistance against the elements. In particular, this comes in the form of water resistance. Since most truck beds use metals like steel that can eventually rust, water protection can extend the life of the bed itself.

Considerations

  • Quantity: The amount of bed liner will determine how much surface area you can cover in the truck bed. Thankfully, most bed liner manufacturers design their systems around a specific truck bed size. This means you’ll find some kits that can cover a 5.5-foot bed, while others will have enough to cover 6- or 8-foot beds. Obviously, it’s important to know the size of your truck bed ahead of time so you can buy the right kit with the right amount of spray in it.
  • Ease of Use: Although many bedliner systems are fairly easy to use, they still require professional training and we do not recommend using them without this specialized training.