We wanted to clear the air on some info regarding DIY bedliners vs. Sprayed Bedliners. There are some people out there posting that DIY kits are the way to go, and we have to say, either they have never compared the DIY to actual sprayed on bedliners, or they have no idea what they are talking about.
DIY bedliner customers come into our applicators shops every week and ask how to fix the mistakes made on the DIY bedliner they did over the weekend with their buddy over a case of Brewskies.
Let's take a look at some simple math...
One Gallon of the DIY product costs around $100, which they say will do one full-size pick-up bed. Most ArmorThane bedliner applicators use around 5 gallons of product to spray a full-size pick-up bed which costs anywhere from $450-525. So just by the amount of product being utilized, you are getting ripped off with the DIY stuff. Most people realize after they have already started applying their DIY stuff, that they will soon run out and have to make a quick run to the store and hope there is enough stock. Otherwise, you could end up with a rough-looking uneven bedliner. This doesn't take into account your time and labor. Be aware that what you save in dollars over a professionally applied product may cost you in time spent doing the job and the end result may be a poor-looking job that provides limited protection.
Let's also not forget the fact that the DIY product is absolutely inferior to ArmorThane. It's just like skipping a professional paint job for a spray can and hoping for the best.
Experience is everything
When it comes to any urethane or epoxy-based coatings, like most bedliner material is, once you get into it there is no going back. It is important that the person applying this liquid permanent, rubber permanent material over your vehicle knows what they are doing. We have seen countless ruined trucks just because people wanted to save a few bucks. Just like we previously mentioned, many people will not realize start applying and use more than the recommended amount (which is not much) and then have to stop to find more.
You get what you pay for
This is so true in the automotive industry, but more so when it comes to custom work like protective coatings. Someone will always do it cheaper. We price our products competitively but the more custom you want to get the more expensive the price. If you are looking for something special and done right come see our applicators. The DIY stuff, although may seem cheaper, oftentimes end up requiring more applications and people spend several times the initial investment. Not to mention the additional cost in prep materials and ruined clothing and shoes.
Lastly, here are some myths we often see around on the net...
If you are interested in getting your vehicle exterior sprayed we invite you to stop by our shop with the vehicle to get the best information. Or please give us a call at 800-227-2905 to get your initial questions answered.