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What are the different types of bed liners?

By Product Expert | Posted in Chevy Silverado, Chevy Silverado HD, GMC Sierra, GMC Sierra HD, Tips and Tricks on Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 at 1:36 pm
2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 gray with a bed liner loaded with wood

Spray-on vs drop-in bed liners

Are you looking for a bed liner for your truck? You may be wondering what the different types of bed liners there are. We will help you find answers as we explore the differences between spray-on vs drop-in bed liners. You just may discover your perfect solution.

Chevy bed liner with rocks scattered across itBenefits and drawbacks of spray-on bed liners

When applied correctly, spray-on bed liners can be expensive but effective. Essentially all surfaces must be properly prepared first. This means that your factory paint will be destroyed in the areas that will receive the application. As such, spray-on bed liners are not removable or transferable.

Spray-on bed liners can be superior to drop-in bed liners when it comes to holding your load in place, as in addition to their texture, the material shares many properties with rubber. When it comes to dents and dings, spray-on bed liners offer little protection to your bed. Spray-on bed liners also have a tendency to fade when exposed to sunlight after a few years.


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Chevy drop in bed linerBenefits and drawbacks of drop-in bed liners

Drop-in bed liners are affordable by comparison. However, be wary of brands not supported by the manufacturer. If the fit isn’t perfect, drop-in bed liners can flop around and even buffet in the wind. Installation is generally easy, and though professionals can provide installation services, many truck owners will be capable of installing drop-in bed liners at home.

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Due to their ease of installation, drop-in bed liners are also transferable, and they don’t damage your paint. Drop-in bed liners are also generally superior at protecting your bed from dents and dings. However, their plastic surfaces can often allow your load to slide more easily than with a spray-on bed liner.


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2018 Chevy Silverado 1500 blue with a bed liner top view

Chevy carpeted bed liner and rubberized bed mat side by sideAlternatives to traditional spray-on or drop-in bed liners

You do have a few other options. Similar to a drop-in bed liner, you can utilize a carpeted bed liner. They may not be as resilient, but they do prevent your loads from sliding. Another option you can utilize is a rubber bed mat. This will not protect your entire bed, but they are affordable, protect the most often scratched and dinged part of your bed, and they prevent your load from sliding.

Ultimately the choice will come down to what works best for you and the way you utilize your truck.

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