Finding the Best Truck Bed Liner
If you own a pickup truck, you owe it to yourself to keep the truck in great shape. Not only will this keep the truck running longer, but it’ll also help maintain the vehicle’s value. One important step towards truck upkeep that is often forgotten is taking care of the truck bed. In this guide, we’ll offer some of our favorite options for the best truck bed liner.
Below you will find a list featuring some standout products. Some of the bed liners are of the spray-on variety, while others are actual physical liners you’ll have to install in the vehicle. They each have their benefits, and it’s up to you to find one that’s right for your vehicle.
After our list, we’ve put together a buying guide that should help you as you shop. There we’ll tell you why getting a bed liner is a good idea, as well as some of the important differences between the types of bed liners. At the end, we’ll even give you a little bit of information about Ultimate Rides. If you have any questions for us after you’re done reading, feel free to give our office a call!
1. BedRug Full Bedliner for Ford F-150 (ASIN – B00R6LZUW4)
Compatibility: 2015-2021 Ford F-150 with 5.5′ Bed
The best truck bed liner to go with, as long as you’re looking for a physical product, is from BedRug. This model is for specific F-150 trucks, so be sure to double check that it fits with your vehicle. If not, we’ll have more suggestions for you later on down our list. This liner offers a sleek black rug for your truck bed. It’s waterproof and stain-resistant, and will prevent your cargo from sliding. In our opinion, it looks much better than a standard truck bed. Customers even report having an easy time installing this liner right at home. For all these reasons, we think it’s a great choice for a Ford F-150 pickup truck.
2. U-Pol Raptor Black Urethane Spray-On Truck Bed Liner Kit w/ Spray Gun, 4 Liters (ASIN – B01CKE7B1E)
Specifically looking for a spray-on bed liner? This is the option that we would recommend to you first. Not only is it easy to use with the included spray gun, but it also provides a great spray-on look when all is said and done. It’s important to thoroughly clean your truck bed before applying the liner, and that means very thoroughly. The included directions should walk you through the rest of the process. There’s a hardening material you’ll add in with the bed liner, and then spray away. When you’re done, you’ll have fantastic defense for your truck bed.
3. BedRug Full Bedliner for Ram Trucks (ASIN – B003CSP818)
Compatibility: 2009-2018 Ram 1500 with 5.5′ Bed, 2019-2021 Ram 1500 Classic with 5.5′ Bed
As promised, here is another BedRug liner for you to consider. This time, it’s for Ram pickup trucks for a number of years. Be aware that this liner does not fit on the newest generation of Ram trucks, which is important to note. However, you should be able to find a liner from BedRug that suits you too. This option is great for those who don’t want to worry about applying a spray onto their truck bed. Simply attach this shaped liner and you’ll be good to go for the foreseeable future.
4. SEM Rock-It XC Black Truck Bed Liner Protective Coating Kit (ASIN – B07HHGQ481)
Up next, we have another spray-on bed liner that you should consider. The product from SEM offers a high-quality coating of protection for your vehicle. In addition to that defense, it’ll offer an appealing gloss and texture to your truck bed that would be otherwise missing. One kit should be enough for you to cover a standard truck bed. While it’s not the cheapest option out there, it offers a better quality than many other spray-on kits you’ll find.
5. Portable Truck Bed Liner FS75 Heavy Duty (ASIN – B074QQ4ZH6)
Compatibility: Bed Length 72″ – 80″
In search of something different? If you need something basic to protect your truck from items you’re hauling, this is a good pick. It’s a tarp that offers a protective layer over your truck bed’s surface. As shown in the picture, it’s ideal for hauling things like dirt, woodchips, and other cargo such as that. It can also be useful to protect your truck bed from the elements, but it won’t offer the same degree of protection as some of our other liners for obvious reasons. However, for some people, this will be just what they need.
6. RAPTOR 0820 U-Pol Products Black Truck Bed Liner Kit, 1 Gallon (ASIN – B00N4WIAE4)
This next option from Raptor offers a very tough spray-on bed liner that stands out. While it’s made specifically for bed liners, many users opt to put it on other aspects of their vehicle as well. If you do this, just make sure you properly clean and prime any area before applying. For standard truck beds, you can’t get much better than this. As long as applied properly, this offers stunning protection for your truck and an impressive look and feel.
7. BedRug Full Bedliner for Chevy Silverado/GMC Sierra (ASIN – B07JVH6BXV)
Compatibility: 2019-2021 Chevy Silverado / GMC Sierra with 5’8″ Bed
Finally, we have one more BedRug product for you to think about. This time, it’s for the newest generation of Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks. This product is suited for their 5’8″ bed models. It features the same phenomenal look and protection as the other BedRug products we’ve shared. It even offers a little bit of cushion for your knees when you have to climb around the truck bed! Because of all this, it has earned multiple spots on our list of the best truck bed liner.
Best Truck Bed Liner Buying Guide
Did you find the right bed liner on our list? If you’re still not totally sure, that’s perfectly okay. Maybe our buying guide will help you come to the right conclusion! In this section, we’ve got information on what to look for in a quality bed liner. Additionally, you’ll learn about the similarities and differences between the major types of bed liners, as well as some details about installation. Finally, we’ll leave you off with some information on how to contact the Ultimate Rides office if you’re in need of installation help. Our goal is to set you up with your ideal vehicle, and this is just one way in which we work towards that goal.
Factors of Focus: Choosing the Right Liner
When you start shopping for a truck bed liner, the first thing you should do is decide what kind of liner you’re after. In the next section, we’ll go into more detail about the differences in each. When you’ve made your decision, then you need to start thinking about what factors make a good bed liner. Contrary to what you might expect, the same things are important with both spray-on and physical liners.
For both types of truck bed liner, you want to look for a product with an end result that will look good and protect your truck effectively. It’s safe to say that those are the two most important elements. However, the major difference is that with a physical bed liner, you’ll pretty much know what the end result will look like through photographs. A spray-on bed liner, especially when applied by yourself at home, can have varying effectiveness. That’s why it is even more important to do your research when shopping for the best truck bed liner of the spray-on variety.
Look into customer reviews and pay special attention to what they say about the installation process and how it looks after. We wouldn’t typically recommend buying from a lesser-known brand unless you have plenty of research that backs up the quality of the product. Stick with the major manufacturers, and be sure to read those customer reviews!
DIY Spray-On Bed Liners vs. Physical Bed Liners
While they are more expensive, the results from buying an actual bed liner and installing it onto your truck are often fantastic. They perform the same function as a spray-on bed liner, but can offer a variety of different materials for you to choose from. This layer of protective material will defend your truck bed from scratches and dings, and can help prevent your cargo from sliding around. Plus, with the right product, it can add another layer of style to your pickup truck.
As for spray-on liners, the advantage is that they are always cheaper, and they can still do a very effective job of protecting your truck. Additionally, for drivers who want to keep the standard look of their truck bed, they won’t add on any unnecessary changes to the style of the vehicle. The issue is that the installation process can be something of a pain. It’ll take you time, and it’s not difficult to make a mistake applying the coating. However, if you are set on getting a spray-on liner, it’s not a bad idea to get professional installation. It can save you a lot of time and trouble if you have the room in your budget.
Benefits of Installing a Liner
There are a few important reasons to get a bed liner on your truck. First, if you want to keep the value as high as possible, you’ll want to avoid damage whenever possible. It’s very common for dents, scrapes and more to affect truck beds that aren’t properly protected. In addition to maintaining value, most people want their vehicle to look as nice as possible. A bed liner can help you do that both by protecting your vehicle and, with some products, by adding a new look. Last but maybe not least, a bed liner can also be useful to prevent any of your cargo from moving around. If you often find yourself transporting furniture, tools, or other heavy items, this can be really handy, and a good reason to invest in the best truck bed liner you can find.
Ultimate Rides has Installation, Vehicles and More for You!
Whether you need installation assistance for a truck bed liner, or you’re hoping to buy your next pickup, Ultimate Rides is here for you. We offer a wide range of custom vehicles ready for you today. Each one can be customized even further to your specifications before we send it out. Our delivery works fast and is affordable, making it a fantastic choice for drivers around the world. On top of all that, our vehicles are rust-free and in excellent condition. Give us a call at 815-634-3900 for more information! If you’re ever in the Chicago area and want to stop by, you’ll find us at 38 W. Division St., Coal City, IL 6o416.
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