Bedliner – Cost, Pros, and Cons

The bed of your vehicle is the most valuable part of the entire truck. You can dump anything there. It is meant to be for rough use. As you use it in the best possible manner, you must take care of it in the same manner. There are many ways available in the market to protect the bed. Some of the well-known companies use thick rubber material to save the surface from the damage, and some provide a drop-in or spray-in bed liners.

Nowadays, there is a durable, reliable and economical option to protect the bed liner – The Paint. Here in this article, you will get the information regarding the cost, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of the bed liner paint job. You will also get the easy step-by-step guide to applying the material all by yourself! Read further to know more!

Cost of a bedliner
As per the professionals, a bedliner can range between $100 to $800 or a maximum $1000. If you want to do the paint job for the bed liner, then it starts from $80 to $100 onwards, and if you're going to go for some professional bed liner spray, it may go up t0 $800 to $1000.

Bed liner paint job is not too difficult. You can complete a paint job if you wish to do it on your own. One person can complete it within a few hours. DIY bed liner paint job is economically best for the owner of the truck; however, you do risk quality by not going to a professional.

DIY Bed Liner Paint Job
Step 1: First of all, decide the right brand of paint for you and then start to your vehicle aggressively. The right angle is preferable for the spinning sander.

Step 2: Clean the surface of sanded paint with your compressor blower. Make sure you clean it well for the better output, clean all the debris and other particles.

Step 3: Remove all the badges of the vehicle so that you can prevent painting over them.

Step 4: After removing all the badges, do some more sanding on and around the areas you want to paint.

Step 5: Now it is the time to rag and clean the surface so that you can wash the truck efficiently.

Step 6: After completing the process of sanding, stick some tapes to every part of your car which you don’t want to paint over! There are some areas like car locks, handles, side mirrors, badges, etc. which should not be painted. You can use newspapers and tape to cover these areas.

Step 7: Now, decide the liner color and the texture you want. Take it and open. Kindly do not forget to stir it thoroughly well. If you don’t want to go out at some stores to buy such instruments, you can also use drill and blender elements to stir the color well.

Step 8: After mixing the color, now it’s time to pour paint into a container. It is optional but preferable as pouring the paint into the bottle will help you to dip and use the roll brush quickly. You can also use wide oil brushes.

Step 9: Do the first coat. Make sure that you paint in one direction to give a better texture to your truck bed. After the first layer, wait for an hour and then apply the second coat. Be careful not to drip.

Step 10: At last, after 24 hours, remove all the tape and newspaper from the vehicle then stick all the removed badges. Your DIY bed liner paint job has been done!

Pros and cons of the bed liner paint job

Paint is cheap and budgets friendly as compared to others.
You can get many color options and can apply them creatively.
It is durable and indestructible. It also looks great.
It is easy to clean as there will be at least two coats on your bedliner.

As you are not a professional applicator, it might not be implemented well.
If you do not have a garage or any closed places, you may suffer from some bug clinging to the wet paint coat.
You have to give 24 hours to let the truck dry. So, it is quite time-consuming.
You may miss some hard to reach areas, or sometimes you may paint on the badges, windows, or side reflectors.
So, that’s all for this one!

We hope you found this article informative and got all the confusion sorted. Gather as much knowledge as you can, regarding all types of bedliners and choose the best one for your truck.