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Spray Liners vs. Roll-On Bedliner Paint

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2016 GMC CanyonNowadays, one of the most common questions on automotive forums has to do with whether it’s better to use spray liners or roll on bedliner paint on your truck. While both of these options have their pros and cons, we’re going to try to objectively compare them with each other in order to help you pick the right one for your particular needs.

Spray liners: the pros

A spray-in liner can look absolutely stunning; however, great care needs to be taken when applying it. Before getting the job done, you need to make sure the area is prepared properly. Also, the surface texture tends to do a decent job at preventing the cargo from tumbling around all over the place.

Spray liners: the cons

When using spray liners, the factory paint on the truck bed will get destroyed. This is not a bad thing, but do keep in mind it’s going to void your truck’s corrosion warranty. Also, the spray painters need to be highly trained in order to do a good job. Furthermore, you cannot simply remove a spray-in liner. Apart from that, they offer little to no protection from dings and scratches that can often occur when loading and unloading the truck. They can be quite expensive as well.

Roll-on bedliner paint: the pros

Compared to spray liners, a roll-on bedliner is much cheaper and relatively easier to apply. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly option, a roll on bedliner is a good choice. Furthermore, there are plenty of options available when it comes to choosing just the right color for your vehicle. No matter what you pick, it’s probably going to end up looking great. They also allow for a much more stress-free life, as you won’t have to worry about dinging or scratching them when loading and unloading the contents from your truck. Since there will be two layers of coating, everything will be much simpler to clean.

Roll-on bedliner paint: the cons

Again, applying a roll-on bedliner will take a trained expert (or at least someone who is experienced enough). Also, it’s best to do it in confined spaces (a garage will do just fine), otherwise you risk an insect getting trapped and attaching itself to the paint while it’s still wet. If you don’t have a lot of time on your hands, this option might not be the best one, since the drying process can be quite time-consuming. In fact, it could very well take up to a whole day for the paint to dry. Finally, missing some hard-to-reach areas is quite common when using this method of painting. Accidentally painting the windows, side-mirrors, or badges is not uncommon, either.


The objective comparison we’ve made will hopefully help you decide on the best painting method for your vehicle. The final takeaway is that your decision should always depend on what you’re looking to get out of the paint job and how skilled you or your employees are when applying the paint.