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Which Bedliner is BEST? ArmorThane vs. Rhino Linings vs. Line-X


Testing Spray-on Bed Liners To Find The BEST: ArmorThane vs. Rhino Linings vs. Line-X

If you have just purchased a new truck, there’s a good chance that you have taken a look at those sweet aftermarket add-ons and have come across bedliners. If you’re like me, you don’t like making this decision without doing a little research first and when it comes to bedliners, most people couldn’t tell you what the major differences are between the multiple brand names. I decided to do all the proper testing of the major brands and come up with my own analysis of the three most prominent names in spray-in truck bed liners ArmorThane, Line-X and Rhino Linings. What I found rather surprised me. I was shocked at just how much difference there can be in the bedliner industry.

Some key things To Know About ArmorThane, Rhino Liner and Line-X…
Similar to the way your diet is key to losing weight, installation is 75% if the puzzle to determining how good of a bed liner you will get. Go with a good installer, and you will probably end up with a coating that will last.

All liners eventually fade when exposed to years of sunlight. While some poly formulations are much more unyielding to fade than others, UV radiation always prevails.
Unless you pay extra for UV protector, it will fade much faster than the factory paint and your liner and your truck more than likely will not color-match after a few years. Although if you stick with black, it will only fade to dark charcoal. I recommend you ask about the process being done to protect the color of your bedliner. Before paying a couple of hundred bucks, ask if they are just painting the bedliner or actually putting some UV protectant within the chemical mixture.
All three companies now offer lifetime warranties on their products, but not all third parties are providing them so be sure to check.
Expect your installation to cost somewhere between $450 and 900 dollars. Prices can vary drastically due to many factors such as geography, competition level and whether you are paying for additional upgrades such as the UV protectant we just talked about.
Inspect your installers spray and prep space. If it’s dusty, dirty or messy, find someone else. When someone is going to be spray-painting your vehicle with a permanent compound, be sure they have a clean spray section that is not shared with any other services such as car detailing or washing area. By using the same area you spray bedliners as you paint or do any different types of jobs, you will get foreign particles and debris mixed in your liner.

Now, on to the comparison….

ArmorThane Brand
ArmorThane’s thick coated trademarked poly compounds make for a slip-resistant, scratch resistant and wear resistant bed liner. Overall it is a far more superior product than any other on the market. With over 30 years in the business and a special gift for chemistry, the owner has perfected a polyurea mixture that is unmatched.
ArmorThane Bedliners
ArmorThane is applied “hot” (temperatures between 130-210 degrees) using a high-pressure spray machine. As a general rule, Line-X liners tend to be about 1/4″ thick. This thickness helps to protect your truck and your load by resisting tearing scratching and wearing.

Line-X offers a much more thinner, fragile and sometimes flaky bedliner which it claims gives you more of the contour from your original truck bedding. I have a hard time buying this and assume it has more to do with conserving spray. Many people hate the rough Line-X surface as well because it is a unyielding mix. It can be very hard on the knees while moving around in the bed and it can damage your cargo. While you can request that they reduce the hardness of the finish, this will also give you a surface that’s less glossy. A harder material does have some strengths (impedance to tearing for instance), and numerous Line-X dealers assert that their material holds up better than the malleable product that Rhino offers.

The thing is, many newer Rhino Linings (Solar Max, Extreme, Hard Line) use primarily the same administration method and product that Line-X uses, so you have to be circumspect about buying into blanket declarations. Suffice to say; Rhino Lining has unquestionably tweaked their products in the last few years in an attempt to better compete with Line-X. Nevertheless, neither one of them will be in the same playing field as ArmorThane for the foreseeable future…