Prices for Spray-In Bedliners Vary by Region

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Part of owning a pickup truck is understanding that the bed of your truck will take abuse. What happens to the body and paint as a result of that abuse depends on what type of protection you have. It's no secret there are plenty of companies that want to sell you something they promise will meet your needs and put money in their pocket. But that's not good enough.

DualLiner, a drop-in bed liner company, commissioned Spork Marketing to do a survey of independent spray-in bedliner businesses across the country to see how their prices and products compared. We thought the resulting information was interesting enough to share.

The survey included 250 businesses that offer spray-in bedliners and other bed-protection products. Prices varied depending on where a company was located, with the highest quoted price more than $600 and the lowest at $335. Average pricing for a spray-in full-size bed liner was right around $450; the spray-in process takes about four hours and requires an appointment.

All new half-ton pickup trucks offer a factory-installed spray-in liner, which is likely to be the most economical way to protect the bed of your new truck from scratches and dents, but there could be more economical choices in your area as well. We believe in doing your research to determine which option — spray-in, drop-in, bed rug or a simple cut of rubber — is best for your truck given the type of work you're most likely to do. Here's some information to get you started on your research.

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My old truck had a factory spray-in liner and it was bulletproof. I threw everything at it and it never waivered.

I thought about getting an aftermarket spray-in bedliner for my current truck but after visiting 4 different shops in my area I was less than impressed with the quality of the work. Factor in the risk of a bad install (bubbling, etc) and I decided to just see how bad my bed gets damaged first. They have to sand off the clear coat and paint to apply the liner anyway, so I figure I'll just do some of the work for them.

I had the local dealer do my spray-on in 2005 and it was $400 something but it was close to $500 (maybe $475?). I knew it wasn't cheapest but for my extra $40-50 i got a very even spray and not one that was just quickly slapped on. My dad went the cheapest route possible at about $300 flat but they didn't do any prep and sprayed over screw/bolt heads and all panels ended up being sprayed on instead of coated separately and then screwed back in place.

His also chipped off after about 18 months (I don't think they scuffed the surface first so it didn't adhere well). Mine had virtually no fade and functioned very well. Well worth the money over a plastic drop-in or a very cheap spray job. I swear, with no real scientific evidence to back this, that my dealer applied spray was better than today's factory spray (meaning mine was a smidgen thicker than the factory coating)

What's interesting about that map is there really isn't that much of a spread.

I prefer drop in liners. I like stuff to be able to slide.

I had a good carpenter make me one out of 5/8's inch marine plywood, which we scuffed and slathered with water seal just for good measure. That is the cheapest bed liner I ever owned it it really had soul. Everybody who ever saw it saluted!

Redneck soul, but it really had soul. So did the truck I put it in, my old S10 4.3 liter. Both lasted a long time.

My other trucks had plastic pop-in liners which are just ok.

My current truck has a spray in liner and it's the best. I think you could wreck it with a gas torch and a jackhammer but thats about it.

the aftermarket ones that are very rubbery work really well for things not sliding around. my factory ford f150 spray in doesnt stop things from sliding as good. i have a stow away bed extender so it isnt a big deal but i used a rubbery one in a friends truck and like the grip it had. I still say drop in plastic protects the best and is the easiest to rake grass out of, wash off.

I'm curious how the new drop ins are going to work with the new led bed lights and all of the new tie downs. Does it fit poperly?

I have always had drop in liners. I might try a spray in liner on the next truck. The drop in liners do last a long time. It does make me think that xenoy would make a good light body material for cars and trucks. My Honda lawnmower has a xenoy deck and it is virtually indestructible.

Wow! Someone actually got paid to go "research" this stuff?

IMO for what we pay for these trucks nowadays this should be standard on all trucks leaving the factory.

Sandman, I couldn't agree with you more. Should be standard equipment.

All I've ever needed is a full-floor rubber bed mat and tailgate mat. Gives unblocked access to whatever features are in the bedsides. I've even shoveled snow out of there (same shovel I use on the walks and driveway) and the bed mat stays put with no damage. And nothing moves on it, so that limits damage from sliding.

Agree, A bed liner or spray in liner should be standard for what trucks cost.

Had rhino in fallston maryland do mine, horrible job , so bad I refused to take it there to have all there issues fixed and rhino has been not helpful at all. The rhino shop that originally did mine is now out of business.(yes!)If I can't get a factory one next time I will go with line-x.

Supply and demand.

If people weren't paying to have the spray liners, then the price would drop in the more expensive areas.

Sorry guys I don't want a bedliner standard.

Not everyone wants the same liner. If a drop in is standard you're paying $280 for a $150 drop in liner. If you don't want it, you paid $280 for something you will throw away.

On a cheap standard factory spray on, that's $475 and my not be what the kind of spray on the buyer wants. Therefore you paid $475for something you don't want. The Line X guy will have to remove it and then you're paying another $600 on top of the $475 you just paid.

Let it up to the buyer to decide. I can spend my money on a bedliner. If you want a drop in or factory liner, great. Buy it that way. As far as the manu'f just including it, that's not how business works. They will still charge you for it in the MSRP.

I have seen those drop in bed liners blow out on the freeway.
I got my Rhino bed liner for around 500.00 10 years ago. Very happy with it. Treat it with a black shoe polish type liquid from Rhino makes it look brand new. Rhino is like a hard rubber keeping things from sliding around.

Chrysler still #1 domestic builder.

In the United States, Honda, GM, and Ford are close behind Chrysler.

Imported from Detroit

.The U.S. score so far:

Chrysler, 1.34 million
Honda, 1.23 million
GM, 1.22 million
Ford, 1.16 million (AutoAlliance adds 192,000 Mustangs and Fusions; if included, this pushes Ford above GM. While the Flat Rock plant has been renamed, it is still half owned by Mazda.)
Toyota, 0.9 million
Nissan, 0.8 million

Chrysler 3rd largest domestic and number one building vehicles in the United States and Canada. Built with Union pride.

@Hemi V8, That post from allpar is bunk and I'll prove it to you in my next post.

1) Only goes through June.

2) Doesn't want to include Ford Fusion and Mustang which are built in the US.

3) Does NOT include F-series which are all made in the US and doesn't include Ford SUV's made in the US.

I wonder why? Because Fusion and Mustang put Ford at 1.35 million, topping Chrysler, using allpar's numbers which by the way I don't trust.

F-series and all of their SUV's would put Ford at twice the number. Nice try.

Junk post using fuzy math brought to you by the clowns at allpar.


"Gerard Wilson found that, excluding body-on-frame pickups and SUVs (which he does not track), Chrysler was the top US....through JUNE." I wonder why he don't track pickups and body on frame SUVs - cuz Rams are made in Mexico....and the Durango went to a unibody and Grand Cherokee is unibody. GM and Ford have the two biggest names in body on frame SUV's.

What a joke. I can't believe you posted that crap.

By excluding US made F-series, Silverado, Sierra, Mustang, Fusion, Expedition, Tahoe, Suburban, Yukon, Escalade and whatever else that guy on allpar didn't want to include, Chrysler is on top. Great find, Hemi! Not.

funny how truck owners that never haul anything have spray-on bed liners and those who have a bare bed haul rocks, dirt, wood and coal all the time.
I have learned its much easier to slide a shovel on the flat part of the bed when shoveling off a ton of coal where a bed liner is too rough and takes more effort to slide the shovel.
The bare bed on my truck looks like a real working man truck.
Reminds me of a guy I know that has a master set of Snap-On tools with a $8000 tool box and he doesn't even know how to change wiper blades.

@Ken, Canyon and Colorado, too.

I had a drop in liner on my last truck, lasted ten years with no trouble and no fading. I have a spay in now, looks good but I worry about it fading over time.

You'd think California would be the highest because the spray material would have to be some soy-based VOC-and-guilt-free garbage that hardly lasts through the first rain.

Another vote for no on the standard spray-in. I prefer being able to slide things, as well as sliding a shovel or broom over it. Loaded the bed of the truck a few weeks ago with concrete blocks, 1 layer, all from the tailgate. Can't do that if the blocks don't slide. Would have had to load them over the side and climbed in the bed to move them around, no thanks. Anything I don't want sliding, I can strap down.

A couple of notes on this post:

1. The average spray-in bed liner costs closer to $475 than $450. :)

2. DualLiner isn't a drop-in liner company. They sell a component liner. Drop-ins have trouble with paint scuffing because they expand and contract so much, and because they often fit poorly. The DualLiner is part plastic and part rubber.

What's more, if you look at DualLiner's website, you'll see that their product provides more protection from dents AND keeps cargo from sliding around. It's also just about $100 less than the average spray in...

thanks for mentioning our survey!

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