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#7263522 - 01/03/13 Bedliners, are they worth it?
MHWASH Offline
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Registered: 08/19/04
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Loc: Colfax,Washington
I've never had a spray in bedliner, always just get a rubber mat and call it good. My beds have always gotten a little beat up and mabey just a bit of surface rust, but I've yet to ruin one. The roughest use that my PUs usually get is hauling fire wood, 4-5 cord a year. In the summer and fall I haul around atvs and dirtbikes. I have a small trailer that I put gravel in if I need to haul rock.

I'm having a hard time swallowing the $500 price tag.

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#7263622 - 01/03/13 Re: Bedliners, are they worth it? [Re: MHWASH]
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Registered: 05/30/05
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Loc: Boot Heel of New Mexico
I have had a spray-in bedliner in about every other truck for the last twenty years or so. When I haven't had one, I often wished that I had gone ahead and had it done. When I had one, I never wished that I hadn't done it. I just bought a new Tundra and this one will have a spray-in bed liner. I wish the Tundras had the built-in bed liner like the Tacomas use. I have a 7 year-old Tacoma and the bed still looks like new...
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#7263632 - 01/03/13 Re: Bedliners, are they worth it? [Re: MHWASH]
K1500 Offline
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Registered: 11/05/08
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Then don't do it. Last truck I had the bed looked nearly sandblasted by hauling gravel. I wonder if the loner would have paid for itself at trade in time. I suppose I could have sprayed it before I traded, but I didn't.

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#7263649 - 01/03/13 Re: Bedliners, are they worth it? [Re: mudhen]
rifle Offline
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I had them in my pickups the last 20 or so years,the big plastic slide in,easy wash...
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#7264178 - 01/04/13 Re: Bedliners, are they worth it? [Re: rifle]
Rock Chuck Online   content
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I've had slide-ins. They work fine except for 1 thing - they're too dang slick. On every stop or corner, the cargo goes sliding. I had to line it with plywood when hauling my llamas because they couldn't stand up. I was afraid of them getting hurt from falling into the stock rack.
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#7264207 - 01/04/13 Re: Bedliners, are they worth it? [Re: Rock Chuck]
rifle Offline
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Well,that's a little different use than what I've had for my truck
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#7264859 - 01/04/13 Re: Bedliners, are they worth it? [Re: MHWASH]
Just a Hunter Offline
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Registered: 04/05/06
Posts: 3114
Loc: MT
I have had one for 9 years. I won't have one without it if I can afford it at the time. With as much use as my pick-up has had the bed would be all scratched up if it wasn't for the spray-in liner. It is not slick like a slide in and water and debris can't get under it like a slide in.

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#7265583 - 01/04/13 Re: Bedliners, are they worth it? [Re: Rock Chuck]
idnative1948 Offline
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Registered: 09/05/07
Posts: 1356
Loc: Boise, Idaho via SE Idaho
Originally Posted By: Rock Chuck
I've had slide-ins. They work fine except for 1 thing - they're too dang slick. On every stop or corner, the cargo goes sliding. I had to line it with plywood when hauling my llamas because they couldn't stand up. I was afraid of them getting hurt from falling into the stock rack.


+! On this comment. The plastic ones are slicker than snot and if you get a drip of oil on them, figure that you will bust your arse, also the ones that are corrugated, are a pain to sweep out.
Bottom line is they are tough and will save your bed and walls. That is about the only thing I have good to save about them.
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#7267386 - 01/04/13 Re: Bedliners, are they worth it? [Re: idnative1948]
chris_c Offline
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Registered: 12/18/10
Posts: 1777
Loc: Minnesota
I have the spray in, don't have to worry what I haul in it. Wash it out when I'm done. My 2 cents. grin

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#7267596 - 01/04/13 Re: Bedliners, are they worth it? [Re: chris_c]
Pete E Offline
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Registered: 04/11/01
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Loc: North Wales, UK
Given the price of a decent Pick-up these days, I think some sort of liner would be a good investment.

Heck, if it were me, and I carried a lot of crap,I'd probably end up adding additional protection over the liner..

Our Agricultural Supply stores sell a product termed "cow matting"..

It is comes as semi rigid 8'x4' sheets of recycled black plastic either 1/2" or 1" thick. It has a slightly textured non slip finish and is of course waterproof....

Last time I saw it for sale it was about $50 a sheet and it is idea for this sort of thing, being nearly indestructible in normal use..

I have used it for lining the floor of dog runs, and currently have some as a liner in the back of my Jimny..


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#7267643 - 01/04/13 Re: Bedliners, are they worth it? [Re: Pete E]
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i stuck a peice of 3/8" plywood into the bed of my f150 in june 94. when i sold it a few months ago the bed looked like new underneath except it had lost its clearcoat. rest of the truck was rotted to death but the inside of the bed looked great. unless your hauling chunks of busted concrete or scrap metal or a lot of gravel or something like that, the sides don't take much of a beating. my used dodge i bought came with one of them slide-in jobs but if it hadn't i'd just done the plywood route.
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#7268367 - 01/04/13 Re: Bedliners, are they worth it? [Re: rem141r]
Jamison Offline
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Registered: 03/19/02
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Loc: West Tennessee
Of you don't mind a couple of hours work, you can do the roll on for $89 and never look back. Herculiner kit is $89 at Auto Zone. Its all about the prep work. I did my own and it looks every bit as good as the $450 spray in liner I had in my last truck. If you sand the top coat and wipe every inch with tolulene or acetone before rolling it on, it will stick like glue and never come off. Armor All UV protectant every few months sprayed on will keep it looking good and only makes it slick for a day or two.

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#7270020 - 01/05/13 Re: Bedliners, are they worth it? [Re: MHWASH]
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I will always have one of some type in my trucks.
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#7270234 - 01/05/13 Re: Bedliners, are they worth it? [Re: tzone]
ironbender Offline
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I'll be odd man out here and say that I don't see the point of them. The bed is the business end of a pickup and I don't care if it gets scratched and dirty.
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#7271155 - 01/05/13 Re: Bedliners, are they worth it? [Re: ironbender]
saddlesore Offline
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Registered: 06/22/01
Posts: 12208
Loc: Colorado Springs, CO, USA
If you are worried about your bed, go the spray in liner route.
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#7271167 - 01/05/13 Re: Bedliners, are they worth it? [Re: ironbender]
7 STW Offline
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Registered: 12/04/05
Posts: 12133
Originally Posted By: ironbender
I'll be odd man out here and say that I don't see the point of them. The bed is the business end of a pickup and I don't care if it gets scratched and dirty.


Same here.Plywood on the floor is it.But I pack tidy tanks so the spray and plastic is out.Something to do with static going boom.
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#7271323 - 01/05/13 Re: Bedliners, are they worth it? [Re: 7 STW]
458 Lott Offline
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Registered: 01/29/01
Posts: 16920
Loc: Conundrum, Alaska
I'd been planning on getting a bedliner in my truck, but I've had it 6 years now and have yet to add a liner. I had a slide in liner in my previous truck and agree it's slicker=n=snot. Also the slide in liners rub against the bed and will cause bare metal spots that you don't see.

A buddy recommended that I wait a few years to have the liner sprayed in as you want the paint well and goodly scratched to get good adhesion. I think I'm there on the scratches and dents, maybe this summer I'll finally do something about it.
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#7277826 - 01/07/13 Re: Bedliners, are they worth it? [Re: 458 Lott]
harv3589 Offline
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Registered: 12/13/05
Posts: 2104
Loc: Alberta - Wild Rose Country
I have always put them in my trucks as well....I think they are good investment. I usually put a heavy duty rubber matt down as well.
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#7279348 - 01/07/13 Re: Bedliners, are they worth it? [Re: harv3589]
garyh9900 Offline
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Registered: 10/31/11
Posts: 1015
Loc: SE, Kentucky
Line-X is the only way to go.

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#7279678 - 01/07/13 Re: Bedliners, are they worth it? [Re: garyh9900]
remfak Offline
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Registered: 02/19/06
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Loc: Highlands Ranch, CO
Originally Posted By: garyh9900
Line-X is the only way to go.


Went from drop-ins in two trucks to Line-X in my current. Will never go without Line-X again. Great stuff, and looks great too.

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#7281023 - 01/07/13 Re: Bedliners, are they worth it? [Re: remfak]
AkMtnHntr Offline
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Registered: 08/15/06
Posts: 17638
Loc: Alaska
Had the spray in bed liner in my F150 and liked it but currently do not have it in my Dodge. It came with the plastic bed liner which I really don't care for but I should remove it for fear of rusting.

My F250 has a rubber mat on the bed floor and tailgate which seems to work pretty good for hauling stuff.
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#7281088 - 01/07/13 Re: Bedliners, are they worth it? [Re: AkMtnHntr]
Allen917 Online   content
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Loc: East Texas
I've delt with this quite a bit when I was the quasi "fleet manager" for our company. I've used plastic liners, rubber matts, plywood and spray on.

Plastic liners will hurt you because they are just too slick. Rubber mats are pretty good, but will bunch up and allow your cargo to slide if you have to make a sudden stop. Plywood is very good if you carry heavy cargo, but it will leave the bed of your truck in pretty rough looking condition after a few years. Spray on liners are probably the best for appearance, durability, slip resistance and clean up. You'll probably get at least half your money back for a spray on liner when you go to sell your truck. JMHO.
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#7281226 - 01/07/13 Re: Bedliners, are they worth it? [Re: Allen917]
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I had mine Line-X'd when I bought it and love it. I've used plastic liners before and they work well when you're chunking concrete blocks or wood in but are slick as owl snot when you try to stand on them if they are wet...they will also hold moisture underneath them and can lead to more rust.

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#7281354 - 01/07/13 Re: Bedliners, are they worth it? [Re: JCMCUBIC]
remfak Offline
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Registered: 02/19/06
Posts: 3408
Loc: Highlands Ranch, CO
On the rust issue I never bought it as a real problem, that is until I pulled one out of the back of my truck and saw how bad it was underneath.

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