A roll on bed liner may be one of the fastest projects you can do to improve the looks of an older truck. Let’s face it, professional spray on liners cost a lot more than many trucks are worth. Sure, a spray on liner looks great and protects your truck bed too. But, the cost is the problem. That’s where the roll on liner fits.
A do it yourself bed liner looks almost just like the much more expensive coating. Here’s why. See, the truck bed paint is textured and very thick. The texture results from small pieces of soft rubbery material that’s in the paint. Then the paint itself is very thick, almost like a paste. Here’s why that matters.
That thick paint with lots of texture built in does several things well. Here’s what it does:
Hides defects well.
As it dries, it settles and covers brush and roller marks.
The texture material builds in cushioning.
Thick paint rolls on fast but covers very spray on bedliner.
One coat may do it.
So with bed liner paint you get a finished coat that looks like it was sprayed on, even though you brushed it on or even rolled it on. So if you need a cosmetic improvement to a truck bed, this is a cheap way to get it.
You also get a bit of protection to the truck bed too, though not as much as a spray on liner. Why not? Simple… The professional spray on lining is just a lot thicker. That thick coat is the main reason a spray liner is so durable. It’s just so thick, it’s very hard to scratch through all that bedliner material.
Need a cheap liner to improve the looks of your pickup? A do it yourself roll on bed liner is simple to install and looks almost just like a much more expensive spray lining. There are several tricks to getting the liner done right.