Whether you have a truck for work or play, you’ll have invested your money in a vehicle that will need to last for a long time. In 2002, there were approximately 85,000 trucks on the road. Those trucks ranged from light trucks to heavy commercial trucks used for hauling thousands of pounds. For light to medium trucks used by small companies or owned by people for recreation, the truck bed will need to be protected to keep the truck in good shape for many years to come.
Why Does the Truck Bed Need Protection?
A truck bed is open to the elements. It’s exposed to the weather depending on the area where you live. It could be impacted by intense heat and punishing rays of the sun during the summer, and freezing temperatures, snow, ice and road salt in the winter. It’s even worse if you live near the ocean where salt in the air will impact the paint of the truck.
Along with the weather, the truck bed will need to be protected from work materials like gravel, bricks or heavy machinery. Once scratches occur in the truck bed, the weather and work use can widen them and create holes and rusted spots.
Spray Liner for the Truck Bed
A spray liner can be applied to your truck bed to keep it lasting for years. There are a few types of spray liners including do-it-yourself types of sprays. They’re normally 100 percent polyurethane or polyurea. Polyurea coatings are hard with a tensile strength that’s high. Polyurethane coatings are soft and flexible. They are great for protecting against tears and gouges. For professional applications, there are hot pressure or cold pressure liners.
When it comes to DIY applications, there are various blends that can include polyurea as well as acrylics, which give the truck resistance against abrasive materials. Many liners are also fire retardant and will decrease biological growth like mold or mildew.
Drop-In Bed Liner for the Truck
Liners that are considered drop-in are convenient for protecting the truck bed since they can be removed during times when they’re not needed. They’re shock absorbent, which is great when you’re hauling heavy loads that tend to bounce around.
Autographix Omaha said, “Drop-in liners will keep cargo from slipping around in the back of the truck.” This is because they have a skid-proof surface. When cargo slides around, it can scrape and damage the truck bed unless there’s a protective liner in place.
Covering the Truck Bed
The last way to protect the bed of your truck is with a covering that rolls over the top of the truck bed. This keeps snow, rain and wind from impacting the truck bed.
Truck coverings come in three styles. There are those that can be attached with Velcro or snaps and folded back when you need to use the truck’s bed. The other kind has to be installed since it’ll require a track for easy sliding. They’re both made of rubber or vinyl that will protect the bed from inclement weather. The third type of covering is a strong, hard material that can be lifted or removed completely when the truck bed needs to be used.
The last kind of covering can also be used to protect your belongings from thieves. It’s attached with bolts and can be locked to store work equipment and tools in the back of the truck.
The truck bed is the part of the truck that sees the most abuse on a daily basis. Whether you’re hauling gravel to a job site, keeping your tools and equipment in there on a consistent basis or occasionally storing camping gear for a trip, a bed liner will protect your truck from scratches. Gouges and scratches can easily turn into more serious problems later because it opens the truck up to rust.