A heavy-duty vehicle needs a tough truck bed, and you need a bedliner paint job for that. Without a bedliner, your truck bed would corrode faster, your cargo would be damaged, and you would always have a noisy drive.
If you don’t know what a bedliner is, how much it costs, and how you can get one, we answer all of that and more in this article.
The Cost of a Bedliner Paint Job
A bedliner can cost around $500 dollars (give or take) IF you plan to do it yourself. There are tons of DIY bedliners that can come with spray guns or brush/roller sets. In our experience, spray guns are popular but roll-ons are easier to apply. If you’re looking for a specific product, here are our top recommendations for roll-on bedliners.
However, if you don’t want to get your hands dirty, you will need to hire a professional to do the paint job for you. This can cost you a couple of hundred dollars, pushing the total closer to $800-$1000 or more.
Considering the price tag, you might choose to do it yourself. If this is the case, you need to factor in the cost of supplies, needed tools, the time, and the effort you put into setting up the space and preparing your truck bed. If you want to go into deeper detail, here’s a guide on the cost, pros & cons of spray in bedliners.
Pros of a Bedliner Paint Job
- The paint will adhere flawlessly to the contours of your truck if done right.
- You can pick the color you want. You even customize the color and go for neon pink if you wish.
- Bedliner paint from good brands such as Rhino Liner and Line X is tough, durable, and long-lasting.
- Bedliner paint protects the inside of your truck from scratches and protects your cargo as well.
- A bedliner protects against scratches, environmental elements, moisture, rust, corrosion, and UV rays.
- It enhances the look of your truck.
- A lot of the bedliner manufacturers provide a lifetime warranty.
- You can DIY at home and save yourself a lot of money. Alternatively, you can get a drop-in bedliner that comes at a standard price tag.
- Depending on the brand and the product, you can choose between a matte finish or a glossy coat.
- Some thicker bedliner paints can also absorb vibrations and dampen sounds for a quiet ride.
- Bedliner paint is relatively easy to clean compared to regular paint.
- Because it decreases the risk of damaging your truck bed, it’s more economical and can help you save more money in the long run.
- It also improves the ruggedness of your truck. If you have a Chevy, here are some top selections of the top bedliners for Chevy Colorado.
Cons of Bedliner Paint Job
- If you DIY, it’s easier to botch the paint job and have to redo it.
- While the coat is curing, there is a risk of dust and/or debris getting lodged in the wet paint.
- While Line X boasts a quick dry time, other standard brands might need a few hours or more, which could be extremely time-consuming.
- If you decide to do it on your own, you might miss hard-to-reach places or accidentally get some paint on the windows and mirrors.
- You have to get the thickness right, and this may take more than one coat. The thinner the coat, the more easily it is damaged.
- Some bedliners without strong UV protection could fade over time and give your truck an old and battered look.
- You need to set up an area or space to do the job, preferably one where you won’t have to worry about getting your belongings dirty.
- You may need someone’s help to finish the paint job.
- If you use a spray gun without a respirator mask, it could cause damage to your health.
Bedliners are a great way to protect your truck bed and your cargo from damage. If you don’t have much experience about paint jobs, it’s better to leave it to the professionals. Yes, it could cost more, but you do save a lot of time and you’re sure that the end product will meet your expectations. After all, the cost of applying the top DIY bedliners isn’t just about the tools, it’s also the time and effort you put in.