Purchase A New Truck? Protect It With A Truck Bed Liner
If you purchased a new truck, you will want to do everything you can to keep it looking new. One way you can do this is by installing a truck bed liner. Below are the different types of liners available so you can make the most informed decision about what is best for you.
A spray liner should be installed by a professional. The technician will use a high pressure spray gun. If you choose this type of liner, make sure you want it, as once it is on your truck, it is very hard to remove. Because it is sprayed on there are no gaps, and the material is gritty to prevent things from slipping. Some versions include small rubber bits for increased impact resistance.
This type of truck bed liner is applied with a roller or a brush to the truck bed sides and floor. It is made from either a thick paste or paint. It has no gaps so water or debris will not get under it. The texture controls the movement of anything you put in the back of your truck.
This liner is easy to install, and you can do it yourself, if you prefer. Purchase the liner at an auto parts store or from the dealer, and follow the manufacturer's instructions. In most cases, you simply brush or roll it on.
A drop-in liner is made from durable rubber or plastic. It can have either a textured or smooth surface. A smooth surface makes it easier when you slide things into your truck bed, and a textured surfaces prevents things from sliding around while you are driving.
A drop-in liner is simply what it says: a liner that drops into the back of your truck. It is then either bolted or snapped into place. An adhesive is generally applied to the bottom of the liner to help it stay in place even more. Talk with the installer about adding enough space to the bottom of this liner so water and debris will not be collected onto the surface of your truck bed.
Bed Rugs on Liners
If you choose a drop in liner, you can have a rug placed over it. This rug is made of a polyethylene foam and molded into the exact measurements of the drop in liner. The carpet surface keeps items in place while your truck is moving. It can also keep you from slipping while you are standing in the back of your truck. The foam will not absorb moisture, which means mold or mildew will not build up on it. If you get things like gas, oil, or battery acid on it, simply clean it off with a vacuum, power washer, or a garden hose.
Visit a truck bed liner installer like Jack's Bumpers to see these liners firsthand. They can also give you even more information about them.