2 Types of Bedliners for Your Truck – Pros and Cons
Whether, moving furniture, loading up big equipment for your next outdoor project or carrying sports gear, there’s always the possibility of damage if a truck bed doesn’t have a bedliner. But luckily, many trucks, including many Ram trucks, come standard with or are available with one of the two bedliner options, which are a spray-in bedliner or a drop-in bedliner.
Spray-in bedliners are exactly what they sound like, they are a sprayed in protective coating. In comparison to drop-in bedliners, spray-in bedliners are more expensive, but they typically last longer.
- Looks nice when properly applied.
- Does a good job at keeping cargo stable and its textured surface helps prevent cargo from shifting in the bed.
- Spray-in liners can be put anywhere in the truck bed including the tailgate, over the wheel wells, and bumper/fender flares.
- Built to take a beating and they are permanent.
- If the job isn’t done correctly, it can ruin the factory paint on the truck bed for good (so make sure you take it to a reputable shop).
- Spray-in bedliners are not removeable.
- More expensive. Prices range from $350 to $1,000. Price depends on the type of spray-in liner you need and how tough it needs to be. Also, don’t forget labor costs!
Drop-in bedliners are mats that are attached to the bed and there are a different of material options, including carpet, plastic and/or rubber.
- These are generally inexpensive and can be found for $200 or less.
- Easy DIY installation and can be removed/transferred to your next truck.
- Protects bed from dings and dents when moving cargo around.
- Can be low quality and do not last nearly as long as spray-in liners.
- Surface is slick most times, which means cargo may slide around.
- If it isn’t the right fit for your bed, the liner may move while driving or going over bumps which can be problematic to the truck bed, cargo and safety.