Also referred to as a truck bedliner, a cargo
liner offers heavy duty protection for your
pickup truck. Unprotected, the cargo area
of a truck used for hauling will eventually
succumb to scratches, dents, and abrasions.
A liner will protect the cargo area and can
keep your truck looking good for years.
There are two major categories
of cargo liners:
- Drop in: Made from a tough durable plastic,
these rigid liners are essentially one piece
and are designed to protect the entire cargo
area, bottom and sides. A separate piece
is fitted to protect the tailgate. They are
easy to install and remove. In most cases
the dealer where you buy your truck will
be glad to provide this as an option. Note
that over time (usually years), sand and
grit can get between the liner and your truck
bed so itís often the case that when the
liner is removed the paint under the bed
may be scuffed.
- Spray on: This bedlining option can be sprayed
(or rolled) on in similar fashion as you
would apply paint. Normally available in
kit form, it requires cleaning and sanding
preparation of your truck cargo area. This
tough, durable lining can be applied to both
the bed and sides of your truck. Since it
is applied directly to the bed surface, your
truck bed does not suffer from the scuffing
possible from the drop in method. However,
a spray on liner is not as thick and normally
does not provide as much protection. This
method can have a pleasing appearance, and
it can also be used to hide a badly scarred
Most of the drop in cargo liners are made
for a specific make, model and year of truck.
If you are reasonably handy, the hardware
that comes with the liner will enable you
to install it yourself.