Here's why a plastic liner is better.
If you really use your truck for hauling, a plastic lining is a great choice. For one, a drop in bed liner is cheaper. You may get a better fit with a multi-piece liner than a one piece. The most common drop in bed liner is the one piece, custom made model. Damage a permanent liner and it stays damaged until you fix it too. These liners are almost impossible to dent. Nothing makes a pickup bed look worse than a bunch of dents and dings. The paint is a multi-part material that dries almost instantly and hardens almost as fast.Plastic liners spread impact loads over larger areas and prevent all but the very worst dents. It's true a spray on bed liner is often guaranteed. A drop in truck bed liner can take the hardest of use. A drop in bed liner is also cheap compared to damaging the bed of your truck. Plus you don't have to worry about damaging an expensive spray on liner. Either type of liner is cheap compared to a professional spray on liner. The most common plastic liners are in one piece and just drop in. But another choice is a liner that's made in separate parts for the front, bottom and sides.
A thick plastic liner will stand up to any hauling job with little or no damage. Use your truck like a truck and still keep it looking good and free from damage to the truck bed. No liner is tougher than thick rubber mats.
Carpet provides a non-skid surface that's soft on cargo while protecting both bed and load.
Luxury carpet liners work especially well under tonneau covers or bed toppers. Scratches can hardly reach through a plastic liner, since the material is so tough. Plus, unlike spray liners, these are removable if you change your mind. It's so thick that it's almost impossible to scratch through the coating to reach the truck bed itself. One main trick to the liners is just the thickness of the coating. Considered the premium option, spray liners from companies like Line-X and Rhino Linings are the best for a custom look and guaranteed performance. Bullington, Al "Plasti Kote Bed Liner - How to Do It." Plasti Kote Bed Liner - How to Do It. 30 Jun. The bed liner liquid will stick better if your truck bed is roughed up with heavy grit sandpaper, heavy sanding is the key (just make sure to clean out the metal particles left over from sanding).
Use masking tape to make straight, professional looking edges around where you want your bed liner to be. We used masking tape to define the edge of our liner cleanly. Our 1980 Plymouth pickup has had a DIY Plasti Kote bedliner on it for two years. Plasti-Kote is one of the least expensive liquid bedliner options available, and it has many good qualities.There are lots of different bed liners. But with temporary liners, it's an easy task to slip the mat in or out when you need it or when you don't. With permanent liners, really nasty hauling makes a mess of the bed and you have no choice but to either clean it out or leave it a mess. That coat includes rubber texture material as well as fast hardening paint as well. Damage to truck beds comes as more than just scratches too. Then you spray a paint coating on over that.