Spray-In Bed Liner
If you already have or plan to buy a new truck then someone might have suggested you get a specific brand’s spray-in bed liner for it. There are many options available out there but there are two that are leading the pack compared to the rest, Line-X and Rhino Linings. We’ll give you an in-depth analysis on these two that will eventually help you decide which one you need.
- The installation part is very crucial; it’s like 90% of the quality. If your installer is good then your liner may be very long lasting.
- Every spray-in liner eventually fades away in a few years due to sunlight. Some formulations are more resistant to others but nothing beats UV radiations.
- One important thing to keep in mind is to be careful with color-matching.
- Most of the chemicals that every brand uses in its liners are typically the same.
- Both Line-X and Rhino offer nationwide lifetime warranties on their products
- Installation cost for either of the brands will cost you in the $400-800 range
- Prior to getting the job done, inspect your installers spray booth and prep area to see if its clean or not. If it’s dirty then find another installer.
Line-X vs Rhino Liner
Line-X is applied hot, which may be somewhere between 130-210 degrees, using a high-pressure spray system. Generally, the Line-X liner is thin and uniform. A thin coat gives every contour of your truck’s bed and preserves the factory appearance. Another thing to keep in mind is that Line-X liners have a very rough surface that sparkles when it is new.
On the other hand, Rhino liners are applied differently by each dealer. There are some Rhino liner dealers that use hot and high-pressure spray system, which gives an almost similar feel like a Line-X liner. But there are some that offer TuffGrip, which is softer than Line-X and it gives a rubbery feel.
Line-X dealers and Rhino Liner Dealers
One thing that each of the dealers will be telling or bragging about would be the toughness of their liner, saying all types of things that this is the best, you can put almost anything on it and it won’t be affected. The toughness totally depends on how you are going to use the truck.
If you plan on using it once in a while for some furniture loads and others like that then in a way you’ll be overkilling the liner. On the other hand, if you’ll be using tools or hauling gear that may scrape your bed then you need to invest in a hard, high-strength surface like Line-X Premium.
Rhino Colors and Line-X Colors
If you ask us, we’ll suggest that you don’t have to go that extra mile for that perfect color matching because honestly, everything fades away with time. Color-matched liners look a lot worse than black liners once they get stained, scratched, etc.
Rhino Costs and Line-X Costs
No matter which liner you choose, if you go for a full-body spray then it may cost you somewhere $3,000-5,000 compared to standard liners that may cost around $450-550. A mere truck trunk lining may range from $500-1,000.
So this was our analysis, the rest is up to you that what do you prefer or what are your requirements. Don’t forget one thing that the most important part if the quality of the installer. Here are a few questions that you may ask your installer prior to getting you job done:
- How do you prep the vehicles?
- Do you use a cold application process or a hot application process?
- How long does your prep process take?
- How long have you been in this business?
- What dealerships do you work with?
- Can I see your shop first?