So you got a new truck, or an old one and you need to give it a custom paint job. Clean it up a bit by looking for a spray in bedliner. There are tons of options for truck bed lining on the market. Other than spray on options, you can also find roll-on, and drop-in types. They each have their advantages and drawbacks. Two of the largest manufacturers of spray in bedliners are Rhino Liners and Line X. Having trouble deciding which is the greatest DIY bedliner? Just read on!
Line X vs Rhino – Comparison & Reviews
Line X is pretty thin. Some people hear thin and they immediately think flimsy, while others hear the same word and associate it with a sleek, space-saving design.
Line X material is of a pretty rough texture, which can contribute to its anti-skid properties. It’s rough, but it dries quickly, doesn’t run, and looks great.
The rough and hard surface might not be desirable for many as it’s tough on your hands and knees. You might need to kneel and rummage around the back sometimes and it just isn’t comfortable.
You can easily request customization and smooth down the surface, but it may appear less glossy as a result. Since their biggest competitor is Rhino lining, Line X claims that a harder surface equates to more durability and wear and tear resistance.
Although we do need to add that a harder surface could lead to more damage to your cargo, especially to wooden crates. If that isn’t an issue, then Line X is a good choice.
The application process for both is pretty similar (as Rhino has come out with different products), so in the end, they do their job.
The thin Line X products follow the contours of your truck bed quite closely and hold the floor quite well. Your vehicle bed won’t be faced with any bubbling when the bedliner is installed.
Pros of Line X
- It has higher tensile strength and is more resistant to wear and tear due to the harder surface.
- Despite being thin, it still is capable of absorbing sound.
- It fits very closely to your truck bed and the installation is relatively easy.
- After it is applied, it dries within 3-5 minutes.
- Spray on bedliners form a permanent bond with your truck bed.
- Spray in truck bed liners are also resistant to chemicals such as gasoline, diesel, etc.
The first thing we must bring up as it is one of the most obvious differences between the two, is the texture. The Rhino liner is much softer than other truck bed spray liners and that includes Line X.
This is because Rhino liners are made of thicker material that isn’t as rough as that used for Line X liners. They both protect your truck bed that’s for sure, but don’t forget about your cargo and your dear hands and knees.
Rhino liner also has superior anti-slip functions. They are also applied differently because their installers are not part of a franchise. That’s another important note to keep in mind.
Since the Rhino liner is thicker than the Line X, it is more effective in dampening sounds and vibrations when you’re hauling cargo around. This can be very important for those who like a peaceful ride.
Unfortunately, a thicker material tends to dull the overall appearance of the spray on bedliner. So if you like a nice glossy and striking look, maybe look into Line X.
One more thing, since the Rhino liner is softer, it isn’t as durable and resistant to tear as some other harder materials. On that note, the thickness also makes it more difficult for the spray in bedliner to contour to the truck’s curves as seamlessly.
Pros of Rhino Liner
- The soft texture compared to the Line X is a welcome feeling on your hands and knees.
- The thicker material also works to dampen sound and lessen impact.
- The soft surface of the Rhino liner is also more friendly to your cargo.
- The anti-slip function is more superior.
What are the Similarities Between the Two?
Now you have an idea of the differences of each in their own right, let’s take a look at the most noticeable similarities.
- It won’t matter which liner you choose in terms of functionality if it is installed correctly.
- UV radiation is a killer for truck bedliners, an important thing to note is that whichever you get, you will need to touch it up or install a new spray on truck bed liner in a few years.
- The chemicals used in both of the truck spray bed liner are essentially the same.
- An important point to note is the warranty, and both large manufacturers offer a nationwide lifetime warranty.
- They both require you to properly clean and prep your truck bed before use.
- While the finish might vary slightly, the colors are pretty much the same (although there are some customizable options).
- The cost to hire a professional installer and the price of the bedliner itself are pretty much the same.
Now you know the advantages and disadvantages as well as the similarities. We should add that they basically protect your truck bed all the same with anti-skid, weatherproof, and sound dampening features that also protect against water, chemicals and rust and corrosion.
Choosing a truck bed liner isn’t as easy as just picking one you like. You must consider what it will do for your truck and for you as well. Do you want a sleeker finish that might be a bit rough on your joints? Do you often haul heavy and sharp objects that may damage the bed liner? These are all factors that play into which one you opt for. One thing we will remind you of again is the warranty. For something that will sustain wear on a daily basis, a warranty is needed in case the product is faulty.