Ok gang. Thoughts about bed mat over plastic liner or spray in. I have had normal plastic bedliner in last three trucks. Couple buddies had bedliner and mat on top ( to save knees when kneeling in bed). Have had a cap on truck as well. Took it off on occasion if needed.
One con on bedliner, beats up paint underneath.
I've had all three in previous trucks. Had Line-x of Memphis spray my 8 ft F250 bed in 2001, I think I paid $499. They did a great job and it held up great for the years I had it. I liked the anti-skid properties, although it can work against you from time to time if you are trying to slide something in or out. Never had any fading or chipping issues. My 2002 F150 came with a Ford drop-in plastic bedliner. Worked ok I guess, except stuff slid all over the place and the grooves trapped anything messy you put in the bed (like mulch, dirt, sand, etc). I got a rubber bed mat for my 2006 F250. I liked it because it was cheap and kept stuff from sliding around. Only downside was the sides of the bed did get scratched occasionally. I'll probably go with another bed mat for my Platinum because for me, it's a good compromise between the spray-in and drop-in liners.
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I love the drop-in exactly because of the sliding feature. The spray-in won't let you slide heavy objects around easily like the drop-in, and isn't that what a truck bed is all about? I hate making things harder for myself when something is mega-heavy. Same reason I like the tailgate step, makes life easier on you and your back.
I never thought of throwing a rubber mat on top when/if needed for traction or less knee wear&tear, nice idea. To me that would be the ideal. Drop-in for ease of movement, and a rubber mat if/when necessary. They are also both cheaper, although I always get the best for my truck no matter the cost.
It's nice when I actually like the usefulness of a drop-in much better- and it also costs a lot less! That doesn't happen too often! That's what I call a two-for!
I don't care about the inside of the bed of my truck, its a truck. My neighbor freaked when he watched me throw a couple of concrete blocks over the tailgate into my week-old 09' XLT. I do keep the outside and the interior as pristine as possible though.
I love my plastic drop in liner for what I use my truck bed for. I wouldn't want the local landscape place drop a yard of rocks in my truck bed without it. Also great for appliances and other large and heavy stuff. I use a soft tonneau cover for easy access. $200 cover + $125 bedliner > spray in alone. For most people though, a spray in liner is best. They look great and are reasonably durable for suburban life.
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