Truck bed protection started with simple modifications, such as installing planks of wood to truck beds. The industry has made enormous strides since this era of simplicity. A more advanced method was created as pickup trucks began to be designed more frequently to haul cargo. Thermoforming, a process in which a plastic sheet is heated to a pliable temperature, formed to a specific shape, and then cut to create a usable product, would eventually lead to the first plastic drop-in bedliner. In the ’80s, companies began to replicate this design and manufacture pre-formed liners on a massive scale bedliner.
Spray-on bedliners come in various formulations and process techniques such as aromatic or aliphatic, high or low pressure, polyurea or polyurethane, or hybrid and solvent-based. Performance relies on the initial surface prep work completed before spraying.
It is entirely possible to have the color of the bedliner match that of the vehicle, but color fade from ultraviolet radiation is inevitable with time. This is why bedliners are typically done in black.
Aromatic is generally used for black color and is the least expensive option. If a colored bedliner is desired, Aliphatic can be implemented because it is more stable over time in ultraviolet light. However, this pure polyurethane chemical will drive up the cost around 30-45%.
Spray-on bedliner material will vary in texture and color. Texture can be smooth, making for easy cleaning or be a rough texture to prevent skidding and increase durability. Thinner coatings will typically cost less but can chip and crack. For trucks with the most rugged use, ArmorThane sets an optimum thickness for bedliners as 1/4 inch on the truck bed and wheel wells as well as 1/8 inch on the sides. ArmorThane provides seamless, spray-on polyurea solutions that offer a durable, watertight seal against corrosion and abrasion. Our fast application technology minimizes downtime to deliver a strong, flexible protective coating that’s cost-effective, environmentally friendly, and long-lasting. To keep your vehicle protected from the harshest of elements and looking new for years. Let our polyurea professionals find the right solution for you today!