Three Ways to Add a Bedliner to Your Pickup Truck

A good bedliner can protect your truck bed from damage no matter what you are hauling.

If you want to keep your pickup bed looking as good as new, there’s no better way to do so than with a top-quality bedliner. Such liners not only protect the bed, but they also help keep cargo from sliding around as is so common on slippery pickup beds with no liner. Bedliners are, in fact, quite simple tools that are made to do a simple job. But the different kinds that are available will force shoppers to do a little research before making a selection. If you want to protect your pickup bed, consider spray-on liners, brush-on liners and drop-in liners.


This spray-on system comes with 8 liters of bedliner and the spray gun to apply it to your pickup bed. U-POL

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Spray-on liners are one of the most permanent kinds of bedliner. The liner starts off as a liquid and is sprayed into the truck bed with a special spraying nozzle. Once installed and dried, these liners are extremely durable, and most have a finish that helps keep cargo from slipping around during transport. If you carry chemicals in your bed, a spray-on liner is probably your best bet since drop-in liners often let liquids pool beneath them. While many recommend that such liners be sprayed in by a professional, many modern DIY spray-on bedliner kits have everything you need to do the job yourself, and there are plenty of videos on the internet that will show you exactly how to do it correctly.


This brush-on bedliner is easy to use and provides a tough, textured polyurethane protective coating to your pickup bed. Herculiner

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Brush-on bedliners are very similar to spray-on liners and have many of the same advantages and disadvantages. For one thing, they’re permanent, so if you ever intend to remove your liner, these types aren’t right for your pickup. However, they are very tough, durable and many have good gripping surfaces to keep cargo from sliding. Since you brush it on with a brush much like a paintbrush, you can even make the coating a little thicker if you prefer. When shopping for a brush-on bedliner, look for products that brush on thick and form a tough, textured coating when dry. Also, make sure you’re purchasing a kit that has all of the necessary items to install the bedliner, so you don’t have to run around from store to store collecting all the necessary tools for the job before getting started.

Drop-In Liners

The anti-skid surface of this bedliner insert grips cargo to keep it from slipping around during transport. Husky Liners

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Drop-in liners made by a variety of companies are among the most popular types because they fit securely in the bed of the truck and most are fastened to the bed with bolts. Many trucks come new from the dealer with these types of liners. Drop-In liners are often more expensive, but they’re also considered more versatile by many pickup owners. These are especially good for people who might choose to remove their liner at some time, a process that is very difficult with spray-on or brush-on liners. Many drop-in liners tend to be somewhat slippery, which isn’t ideal for hauling cargo that you don’t want to slip around during transport. If you want your cargo items to stay in place, choose a truck bedliner that has more texture to keep things from sliding around. However, if you’d rather slide a heavy object in and out more easily, go with a liner with a smoother surface.