How Much Does a Truck Bed Liner Cost?
A truck bed liner is a structure that covers the sides and bottom of the bed of a truck to offer protection from cargo and other items. A truck is specifically designed for utility and is meant to carry varied forms of tools, equipment, materials and other cargo. This is the reason that it is inevitable for the bed to become scratched, scraped and even dented through constant use. Because of this, manufacturers developed what is called a truck bed liner to protect and prevent it from corrosion as well as wear and tear. Truck bed liners can come in three different types, namely a spray-in, drop-in, and mat. It is up to you to choose what best suits your truck. Before you settle on one type, however, be sure to know first its advantages and disadvantages. Do not base your decision solely on the prices of each type, but instead base it on what material would be best for your specific type of work.
How much does it cost?
- On average, a spray-in liner can cost anywhere from $200 to $500.
- A drop-in liner can cost $200 to $400, while a mat liner can cost $175 to $300.
- The prices noted above will not include the professional labor fees, which can add an additional $200 to $500 to the price.
- Paint-on liners can cost $30 to as much as $75 per gallon. For example, this Herculiner Brush-on Kit retails for $75 to $130.
- ehow.com posts the following average prices of the three main types of truck bed liners. A spray-in liner can cost $300 to $400 while drop-in liners can retail for $250 to $350. Mat liners can cost $250.
What is going to be included?
- Bed liner paint is suitable for those who prefer to do the coating on their truck bed by themselves. It is easy to use and its rubberized, polyurethane covering is guaranteed to not chip off, fade, nor flake.
- The spray-in and drop-in truck bed liners are commonly used on trucks that regularly take in heavy loads, such as those used in the construction industry. This is the reason that these liners are designed to provide full protection on the truck bed surfaces.
- Spray-in bed liners are in liquid form and can be applied as you would paint except that they are sprayed rather than brushed or rolled.
- The removable mat-type bed liner is plush and made of a thick rubber. It is suitable for trucks that are generally used for recreational activities and not for heavy use since it could be torn. Mat liners are meant more for protection of the cargo (by being added), whereas spray-on and drop-in liners are meant to protect the truck itself.
What are the extra costs?
- The shipment cost is not included in the price mentioned above. If you order through an online company, be prepared to pay for shipping. This can be rather high since a bed liner can be a large item and may need special delivery.
- Unless you do the work yourself, you will have to consider professional installation fees.
- Toolboxes that are attached with a truck can add an additional $100 to $200 to the price.
Factors that influence the price:
- Make and Model. The make and model of the truck are going to make a difference since the size of the truck will determine the size of the bed. This in turn determines the amount of material needed and therefore the price.
- Installation. If you have to pay for professional installation, you are going to have to pay extra for this service. There are some truck bed liners that can easily be done yourself.
- Application. The type of truck bed liner you use and the way it is applied will determine the price of
Tips to know:
- A drop-in bed liner is easy to install and easy to remove. It is also durable and easy to clean. You can mount it either under or over the bed rail. However, there are some drop-in bed liners that have rigid quality that can scrape off the paint. It also tends to shift around, allowing dirt and sand to penetrate behind the liner.
- A spray-in bed liner adheres to the truck’s body panel; hence, it will not shift around. It is also easy to clean and comes in different colors. The problem with this type of bed liner, however, is that it cannot be removed, and stains may become part of your truck bed permanently.
Questions to ask
- How can I remove a spray-in bed liner?
- How do I prepare my truck for a spray-in bed lining? How long is the preparation process?
- How much is the average fee for installation?
How can I save money?
- Depending on the type of liner, installing one is not that hard. Consider purchasing liners separately and attempt to install it yourself.
- Check online for shops or suppliers of truck bed liners and compare their prices. By doing so, you are bound to find the best prices possible.