Truck Bed Protection Has Come a Long Way

Truck bed protection started with simple modifications, such as installing planks of wood to truck beds. The industry has made enormous strides since this era of simplicity.

A more advanced method was created as pickup trucks began to be designed more frequently to haul cargo. Thermoforming, a process in which a plastic sheet is heated to a pliable temperature, formed to a specific shape, and then cut to create a usable product, would eventually lead to the first plastic drop-in bedliner. In the '80s, companies began to replicate this design and manufacture pre-formed liners on a massive scale.

Spray-on Bedliners

Spray-on bedliners come in various formulations and process techniques such as aromatic or aliphatic, high or low pressure, polyurea or polyurethane, or hybrid and solvent-based. Performance relies on the initial surface prep work completed before spraying.

It is entirely possible to have the color of the bedliner match that of the vehicle, but color fade from ultraviolet radiation is inevitable with time. This is why bedliners are typically done in black.


Aromatic is generally used for black color and is the least expensive option. If a colored bedliner is desired, Aliphatic can be implemented because it is more stable over time in ultraviolet light. However, this pure polyurethane chemical will drive up the cost around 30-45%.


Aliphatic material can be sprayed in a wide range of colors, and UV rays will not alter this color, unlike Aromatic will.

Differences in spray-on bedliners

Spray-on bedliner material will vary in texture and color. Texture can be smooth, making for easy cleaning or be a rough texture to prevent skidding and increase durability. Thinner coatings will typically cost less but can chip and crack. For trucks with the most rugged use, ArmorThane sets an optimum thickness for bedliners as 1/4 inch on the truck bed and wheel wells as well as 1/8 inch on the sides. ArmorThane provides seamless, spray-on polyurea solutions that offer a durable, watertight seal against corrosion and abrasion. Our fast application technology minimizes downtime to deliver a strong, flexible protective coating that’s cost-effective, environmentally friendly, and long-lasting. To keep your vehicle protected from the harshest of elements and looking new for years. Let our polyurea professionals find the right solution for you today!

Benefits of an ArmorThane Truck Bedliner

Scratch and Dent Resistance
Matching or Contrasting Colors
Permanent Designs
Fenders, Bumpers, Nerf Bars, Trim and More

Sprayed-on... Better Than Drop-in

Compare Spray-on Bedliners to Drop-in:

  • No attachment holes
  • No scratching paint
  • Maximized cargo space
  • Wide range of colors and OEM color match
  • No worry with fit; fits all sizes, shapes
  • No vibration or noise
  • No fading, warping, cracking
  • Easy to clean
  • More attractive
  • Increased resale value
  • Learn more about spray-on versus drop-in

Sprayed-on... Better Than Factory-Installed

Professionally trained applicators deliver:

  • Thicker application for greater protection
  • Aliphatic coating that doesn’t fade like aromatic chemicals
  • Wide range of colors and OEM color match
  • Optional application to rocker panels, etc
  • Repair options after an accident

ArmorThane Bedliners Offer Ultimate Protection

There is no comparison to the ArmorThane bedliner

  • Spray-On Bedliner products from ArmorThane® are the best in the industry!
  • ArmorThane® offers the most durable spray-in bedliner in the world.
  • Our spray-in bed liners are durable and dependable and come in a variety of colors and applications.
  • ArmorThane® bedliner products are rated for superior performance and have withstood the scrutiny of extensive testing for resistance to heat and UV wear that will often fade substandard products.
  • The list of advantages of choosing ArmorThane® bedliners is extensive.