I just bought a new Sierra 2500HD and was going to put a spray liner in the
box. I understand that therea are a few different products out there and
was wondering if anybody had any opinions on what is good, or perhaps more
importantly what to stay away from. I've heard that some of the products
will crack and fall off in chunks. Any thoughts would be valued.
Everything that I have heard is that both Line-X and Rhino Lining are both
good. I have a bit of a preference to the Rhino, 6 years and counting on a
work/play truck with no gouges or peeling. But my dad just had Line-X
installed on his new truck after 5 years of Line-X in his previous truck
with no problems. The biggest difference that I have been able to determine,
for the end user, is that Rhino seems to be a softer finish to the Line-X
with a harder surface. Both seem to have a "sticky" finish surface that does
not allow loads to slide around under normal usage. After messing around
with both trucks for the last 5 years, I would pick whichever one was
closer, if I did not have both in my immediate area.
The only other thing that I would recommend, is that when you have it
installed, make sure that you also have the tops of the bed rails sprayed.
This looks good (IMHO), but also goes a long way to protecting this area
that seems to get a lot of abuse.
Don't know :-)
Both my truck with the Rhino and my dad's old model with Line-X had caps on
97%+ of the time and both receive mucho hauling/work loads for both work and
play. This seems to help "hide" any oxidizing of the surface. Though I would
guess (IMHO) that any and all spray in liners will have this problem to some
extent. This would/should be a "problem" with most (but maybe not all?)
plastic/polymer manmade type chemical compounds, just look at any vehicle
that uses unpainted plastic body parts after they are a few years old. Some
compounds do seem more affected than others.
Just think about liners as if they were similar to polyurethane finishes on
your wood floor. They are designed to protect the base material for a time,
and get to looking kind of tore up as they absorb the abuse without passing
any on to the base material. But there will/may come a time when they should
be recoated to continue providing protection to the base material. On a wood
floor, this can be any time from 1 year on up depending on traffic patterns.
On a spray in liner, I do not yet know when a re-application would be
required, as I have never yet seen one that was wore down to that level, but
they surely do seem to be wearing with age.
Line-x seems to be the only that is thermo applied that doesn't!
There are companies popping up like daises for sprayon liners now, I was and
still am a Speed-Liner franchisee. But, I haven't used it in a year or so,
and we made tons of money repairing Rhino-Liner, but never a Line-x.
We did however change color on many Line-x liners.
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