So I've been pondering getting some Line-x in my truck. Not only the bed, but actually my fender flares. I've heard of people doing it so I thought it would be nice to do it to mine. They were badly faded, but I spray painted them black again and they looked great, however there starting to do it again. Anyways, I stopped by my local Line-x place to see what they'd charge to do both the bed and/or fender flares. The quoted the bed at $460 + a $99 premium coat which he recommended. I thought It was a little much, but not horrible. So, considering the amount of surface area the fender flares have compared to the bed, I figured they'd charge no more than $100. I was a little shocked. He quoted me $320 + $99 the premium coat which I would need to keep the color from dulling! Now, I don't know prices that well, but $320! The bed is only $140 more and it has 20x the surface area! Am I just cheap or are the prices crazy? Please let me know your experience and maybe how much you guys have payed.
The $460 + $99 is certainly in line with today's prices. For that price, you get a bedliner that won't fade and comes with a limited lifetime warranty valid nationwide. That's not a bad deal.
What you probably don't realize regarding the flares, is that they are (probably) going to remove the flares, clean then, prep them, apply LINE-X to both sides to totally encapsulate them, and then reinstall them on your truck. You said $320 + $99 = $419 for the flares. I think that's a bit high, a more reasonable price would be $200 to $250. If your flares are more than...say 3" wide, then the price should be higher.
I should of specified, that price was for me simply bringing the fenders to them and them applying the line-x. As in I would take them off and put them back on my self. Not sure if they would totally encapsulate them or not. I'd say no probably because if they did, I probably couldn't get them back on. It's a tight fit for them. My fenders are about 2" wide too.
Why is the price still so high though? I mean, that seems like very little work and it's definitely not anywhere close to the surface area of a bed liner, yet it's only $140 cheaper.
Yes, I agree, the flares are rather expensive. Perhaps they were planning on applying a primer to the fiberglass (like LINE-X XPM, FCP, or SF515), but still, the price is too high. Call them back and ask why it's so much more expensive.
You sound like a former user of Herculiner? For the price he was quoted he could apply Herculiner 1x every other year until he put Betty out to pasture before he matches the cost of one time Line-X. Not to mention the fact that any damage using Line-X would be costly to fix.
I never used Herc for my flares, but I had it in my bed for 7 years. Fade..sure...so did my kids plastic yard toys. Not once did I pay $500+ for them and still have to do all the work. They also have some sort of armor all type of stuff you can apply when things start to fade.
I see a lot of Line-X (sorry Line-X stickered back windows) out on the road and most of the beds seems to be covered up with covers. The reason is simple...no one wants to screw it up because it costs to much to fix.
Last edited by stapuff; 09-01-2011 at 04:21 PM.
My brother had his Dodge truck Line-X'ed right after he bought it and bought Herc for undercoating of his wheel wells. Now he is too afraid to put anything in the bed. LOL Serves him right for buying the Dodge.
I've used Herculiner, Duplicolor, Durabak and Raptorliner and the Raptorliner wins hands down. That said, it still does not compare to a Linex job. I don't know if the guy had the final treatment on the Linex I seen as it was faded a bit, but definatly a high quality product. Raptorliner is tintable, UV protected, and very simple to respray. A new truck, I would have proffesionally done, but for the amatuer resto's I do, the Raptorliner works best for money spent. They all look decent when first done, it's 6 month's to a year later when the quality shows up. Still, too much money for the flairs.
Been wanting to do something like a DIY bedliner on my fiberglass tonnau cover.
Right now it's mis-matched to my truck. (cheap off Craigslist)
Was going to do a DIY job on it, but after many bad reviews, 2nd guessed that choice.
However, I can't see spending a few hundered dollars getting it covered...
I'm thinking about a DIY kit, and them painting it to match the truck, and give it UV protection.
Or... If I'm going to paint over it, I could do the rubberized undercoating spray. I don't really need the texture that the beliner coatings provide.
What do you think of these ideas?
I want the durability. I've got my bike racks mounted to it, and will be loading the bikes on and off often.
I've also added quick release clevises to it so I can take it off easily to haul mulch, and taller items. I don't want to spend the money to paint it to match when it wouldn't be durable enough to set up against the side of the garage when I'm not using it. Also don't have to worry about sand, dirt, etc falling off our bikes and scratching it up.