Do you want your liner to look good?
Do you want to BUY something that must be applied a couple of times a year to keep your liner looking good?
Do you want a liner that Chips, Cracks, or Peels Off?
Do you want your liner to be the same color all the way through, or simply PAINTED on the surface?
Do you want your liner to be slip resistant or is it OK for your cargo to simply slide around?
Basically, do you want a liner that your friends wish they had in their trucks?
Some things you may not know about the various PRODUCTS available.
- Not all products are made alike. Many bed liners are made from Polyurethane but some are also made of Plastic and others are little more than
- Not all bed liners made from Polyurethane are created equal. The three basic Polyurethane systems are the basic brush on (or spray paint type
done at a body shop), the High Pressure system, and the Low Pressure system. The basic differences are: The brush on type is typically pretty
hard (brittle) and thin. The High Pressure type feels a lot like Plastic and they too are usually thin. Those shops that spray this generally tell their
customer how "HARD" their product is and they tell their customers that they don't need to be very thick. They don't usually mention that your load
will slide around and hard liners chip more easily than their "SOFT" Flexible counterparts. The Low Pressure products offer better slip resistance
and will absorb a lot more abuse than all the others.
- Some products will crack or split quite easily if you strike it with a hammer. Many of the High Pressure liners will break with little impact. The product
we use now will stretch 600% before it breaks. You can imagine how much abuse you can give your bed with a BIG Hammer without doing any real
damage to your liner. Our liners are often used to protect trucks that are used by business and contractors who abuse their trucks daily. We never
get them back for repairs.
- Some products are available in a variety of colors. Of those that offer colors, some offer solid colors all the way through wile others simply "PAINT"
on the final color (the one that you see). If you buy one of those painted on colors, you will need to return to the shop periodically and have them
(PAY them to) reapply the color. Ask before you purchase a color if you will be expected to have it reapplied, how often, and how much
it will cost YOU.
- Some products will need to be refinished about twice a year. The dealers "SELL" a product that you can apply yourself. Your cost continues if you
want to keep your truck looking good. Why not just make a product that does not need this annoying continuous recoloring?
- PLEASE READ #5 AGAIN!
- Some of the top Name Brand companies offer their dealers some "ADDITIVES" to be used "WHEN" they have problems with moisture, slow acting
chemicals, poor finish, fish eyes, or various other chemical related problems. I question: If the chemical supplied by the manufacturer is not right,
why should the dealer have to "PURCHASE" something to "FIX" it. If they know that they regularly supply chemicals with problems, (Oh, Never Mind!)
How can you tell if your liner is INSTALLED properly?
- You really can't see if the proper preparation was done before your liner was sprayed on, but you can look at the details. Attention to details is a
good indicator that your dealer does a good job on the things you can't see.
- Are the edges cut clean and straight?
- Does the finish look "mushy"?
- Are there drips and runs in your finish?
- Check out the stake pockets and under the rails.
The Closer You Look
The Better We Look!