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What Do Spray On Truck Bed Liners Do?

Truck bed liners are the protective coatings that are protecting the inner side of the truck bed from damage. At the same time, this creates a skid resistant surface which allows the cargo to stay in place. Actually, there are 2 classifications of bed liners and these are drop-in and spray on/in.

In drop-in bed liners, these are applied easily into the truck bed without requiring for preparation and can be removed easily as well for cleaning. On the other hand, for the spray-on liners to correctly stick to the truck bed, it will need proper preparation. The way how the coating adheres will determine its lifespan.

Sprayed on, sprayed in, spray on or spray in are terms that are interchangeably used in the industry, which come in 2 classes of materials and in 2 types of application processes. Aromatic and aliphatic compounds can be applied using low pressure process which isn’t heated or a high pressure process which is heated. The performance greatly depends on the initial surface preparation that’s done on the bed. It is possible as well to have a color matching for your vehicle but as time goes by, the color will fade because of UV radiation.

Generally speaking, the least expensive option that you can have is aromatic and at the same time, perfect for black and darker colors. On the contrary, aliphatic is the better choice for colors because it is more stable in UV exposure. It is made from pure polyurethane and for that reason, the cost increases to around 35 percent. The aliphatic materials may be sprayed in wide varieties of colors including metallic finishes.

Spray on coatings for truck beds can be applied using different methods such as using cartridge driven by a high pressure or air compressor machine or roller. Environmental conditions just like temperature, elevation, wind and humidity might possibly affect the cure process of spray in bed liner. Things similar to aperture, nozzle, spray pressure and thinners can be modified in order to create proper distribution of spray lining chemicals. Spray on bed liner might vary in color as well as texture. Texture can be smooth to allow easy cleaning or rough to avoid skidding of cargo.

When spray on coatings for truck beds are applied right, it can make the truck bed liner capable of resisting dents and scratches while firmly holding the shape yet, it is also flexible enough to not crack when going through rough terrains. When compared to metal beds, it can absorb vibration to create additional protection to the cargo.