Ford F-150 Bedliner: Drop In or Spray On?

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Ford truck owners may benefit from different kinds of bedliner materials depending on their specific needs. What’s your pick?

Chevrolet recently introduced an advertising campaign where they drop bricks into an unprotected Ford F-150 bed, and damage it. Their goal is to highlight the damage and blame the aluminum construction. A year later we’re finding out that such ads didn’t help attract new buyers for the Bowtie. And as we already know, Ford trucks sales have remained strong while GM’s have slumped.


The simplest way to debunk any myths or concerns about aluminum beds, is to have a bedliner of some sort. From the factory, Ford offers a preformed drop-in bedliner for $395, while a spray-on bedliner costs $495. The rugged spray-on material costs a bit more, but there are less expensive options via the aftermarket. With that in mind, we come to our newest “Question of the Week.”

Should you choose a drop-in or spray-on bedliner?

The only advantage of the drop-in bedliner over its main competitor is the price. It generally costs less, and most owners can install it themselves. The downside of the drop-in style is that they can be gouged or ripped by cargo with sharp edges, and once it’s damaged it’s nearly impossible to repair.


On the other hand, the key advantage of the spray-on bedliner is its heavy duty construction. The asperous melted rubber is basically impermeable, so you’re guaranteed nearly zero damage to your bed regardless of what you throw in there. The only downside? Its price, of course, and the fact that it must be applied by a professional.

Depending on your cargo needs, one could make more sense over the other. A recreational truck owner may benefit from a light duty drop-in, but a serious work truck most definitely needs spray-in protection.

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