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History Of The Truck Bedliner

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Not too much has changed with the basic premise of the pick-up truck since the first lorry model's hit the stage. However, over the years, drivers have rapidly become aware of several issues facing the pickup market.

The first is that hauling irregularly shaped items like stone, sand, and gravel eventually causes more than just surface scratches in the truck’s bed. Smooth-bottomed loads slide around and can do the same amount of damage. Ultimately, not only the paint is eaten away, but the metal as well. This exposes the bedliner to the elements, leading to rusting and stripping away of the color. Even with a lot of cleaning, the bed is doomed to become dented, compromising its ability to work effectively.

The second problem with trucks is they only perform at peak capacity for a limited time. As soon as their beds begin to rust and pit, they become difficult to count on. Who wants to exert lots of muscle and sweat to load sandy fill into a truck bed, only to have some of it leak out throughout the trip? Even putting sheets and tarps on the bed doesn’t avoid some certain destruction.

Any damage makes the truck look less appealing. That’s the third concern with truck beds. Even if the truck itself is in pretty good shape, a rusty, scratched up bed doesn’t say, “Look at me!”… at least not for the right reasons.

Fortunately, truck owners didn’t have to deal with these frustrating predicaments. Why? Science found a way to intervene in the form of the truck bedliner.

Truck Bed Liners Hit the Scene

Pick-Up truck owners didn’t just sit back and allow their trucks to become scratched or destroyed; they’d make their own “bedliners.” Usually, these were formed of wood and laid on top of the bed. Although they did extend the life of the bed, they were cumbersome and not always practical. After all, wood is a porous material. Bugs and moisture love to feast on wood. Additionally, it’s hardly impervious to destruction.

Enter science with the first solution to the pick-up bed problem.

For years, people had been toying with acrylics and plastics. In the early 1980s, production started on a mass-produced molded truck bedliner that could be dropped into position. It worked much as the wooden models did earlier, but retained a better seal against wetness and insects.

Taking the concept a step further, a man with some chemistry knowledge in his past, decided it was worth offering consumers an even longer-term, stronger, more effective choice: spray-in bedliners. After months spent testing different combinations with trial and error, he knew he had come up with something revolutionary. With his industry changing idea, he opened up a small shop and decided on the name ArmorThane. That mans name was Garry Froese, and he is still an industry leader 30 years later. ArmorThane is known as the best bedliner in the industry. With his own secret blend of bedliner chemical, he has managed to stay on top all these years and into the foreseeable future.


The spray-in bed liner combines a typical spraying device with liquid polyurethane or a poly hybrid. The compound hardens becoming part of the pick-up truck bed. No other maintenance is needed, and the liner never leaves the bed. It merely strengthens the stability and hardness of the truck bed.

What Does the Future Hold for Truck Bed Liners?

At this point, truck bedliner businesses are experimenting in several different ways. Not only are they exploring new polymers to create novel liners for spray-in options, but they are experimenting with various sprayers, too. For instance, a more advanced bedliner sprayer system may allow the truck bedliner to be put into place quicker and for less expense. The more bedliners that a business can spray in a day, the higher the overall productivity.

Another aspect of bedliners that is going through the evolutionary process involves the way the polymers bond to the original truck bed. Again, science is driving the way in initiatives to figure out the right syntheses to give an air-tight seal and an appealing look.

At the same time, consumers are having fun with truck bedliners and using them for off-label ideas. The Internet is filled with accounts about consumers covering — yes, covering — older vehicles entirely in spray-on bedliner. While these are outlying cases and only appeal to a niche market of vehicle enthusiasts, they’re exciting to read about and enthralling to look at. They might even prove useful, as in the case of a truck’s underside chassis covered with a spray-on liner. The truck is often driven in hilly, rocky terrain, and the spray-on coating protects its “organs.”

As with most inventions, the truck bed liner has solved a huge issue for all truck owners. It has also provided a way to extend the lifetime of any pick-up truck.