Line-X vs Drop In Liners
There are two main types of boxliners on the market. The spray in boxliner that you will find here at Line-X, and the plastic drop in liners. Having a bedliner enhances the serviceability, durability, productivity and the appearance of your truck. Both protect your truck from impact. Both with protect your truck from shifting cargo scratching and damaging your paint surface. But that is where all similarities end.
Drop In Liners Offer Limited Protection:
A drop in liner is typically a hard plastic cover that is typically screwed in with sheet metal screws. This to me makes little sense. Truck manufacturers and their paint suppliers invest millions of dollars each year in R&D to develop a paint finish that will resist rust and corrosion, to give you a service life as long as possible. Then they break that finish, by drilling holes and then sheet metal screws into it.
In addition, because the plastic liner tends to have gaps between the truck bed’s surface. These gaps if not cleaned out will collect water and debris over time. That dirt and debris can be very abrasive to your paint under the liner. Scratching it just as if you used sandpaper. Scratch it to bare metal, add water and air in a closed environment, and you have accelerated rusting. Get a tear in the plastic liner and you will have more water and debris falling in behind speeding that process up even further.
Another disadvantage of a drop in is a condition we like to call failed liners. Let me explain. You see over time as water and debris gets captured under your liner, the area that was compromised by the sheet metal screws, begins to corrode. As the metal around the screws rust away, their hold on the liner diminishes. Best case scenario, you get a lot of rattling and road noise from your liner.Worst case scenario, you liner and gear end up on the trail as seen in the picture.
Perhaps the biggest downfall of a plastic drop in liner is safety. When it is warm and dry, you have nothing to worry about. Once the plastic gets cold or has some water and snow on it, the surface can become very slippery. That can be a good thing for sliding cargo in and out of your truck. Not so good if you happen to be the one to slip out of the back of your truck.
There is a better way.
Spray Ins Offer Superior Protection:
A spray on liner, creates a permanent bond to the surface of your truck. There are no holes or screws drilled into your truck, which means there is no entry point created for corrosion. Because the spray in liner molds around and seals every square in of your truck bed, you have a weather and water tight coating that looks like a factory finish. A properly applied spray in liner seals out rust and corrosion.
A spray on liner also offer better protection against impacts over the drop ins. Think about it for a second. If a thin layer of Line-X, can protect a raw egg, a water melon, and light bulb from disintegrating when dropped off the roof of a 30 foot building, it is going to protect your truck.
So Is There An Advantage To Drop Ins
Just one. Price. You will pay less for a drop in over a spray in. You can save somewhere in the neighborhood of a couple hundred dollars. But that is really false economy. When you consider what you save initially, compared to the potential long term damage under the drop in liner. You are really better off with a spray in liner.
So call Line-X of Winnipeg today at (204) 663-5463 to get your spray in boxliner today.
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