Are you wondering how a Line-X bed liner compares to a DualLiner truck bed liner? Line-X offers spray-in bed liners as an alternative to DualLiner’s five-piece interlocking design. Here’s our good-faith attempt to give anyone considering our product and the Line-X product a fair rundown of each bed liner’s pros and cons.
First, we’ll start with the cons.
Most of the cons that come with owning a Line-X liner have nothing to do with the specific brand, they’re common problems with all spray-in bed liners.
- Are you ready to order a Line-X bed liner? You can’t, at least not online. DIY spray-in jobs are risky and should be avoided. Line-X requires a professional installer. For that, you’ll have to use the Line-X website to find a local shop, or request a quote online and wait for a reply.
- When you finally find a Line-X installer, they may ask you to bring your truck down to their shop for an in-person estimate. There are a lot of different Line-X options to go over. While a visit to the installer’s shop may be helpful, it’s not always convenient to have to visit a shop for detailed info on the various options.
- Line-X installation prices can vary greatly from one installer to another. Every Line-X installer is free to set their own price. You definitely want to shop around to avoid getting taken advantage of.
- Speaking of pricing, according to the article on Line-X’s blog, “How Much Does a Truck Bedliner Cost”, the average spray-in liner averages around $500. Our own research shows that Line-X’s prices can reach up to at least $525. That’s at least $50 to $100 more than what you’re paying at DualLiner.
- Overspray problems are real, at least if you believe forum posts about Line-X overspray on your hood and windshield, tailgate latches, on your brand-new paint job, or even the entire side of a truck. The Line-X of South Central PA has a dedicated blog for Line-X users to manage overspray. While it’s probably fair to say that these types of problems are rare with Line-X installations, you shouldn’t ignore the risk of overspray.
- There’s no going back; spray-on installations are permanent. If you have a spray-in bed liner installed, you’re probably going to have a spray-in bed liner forever. It is possible to have someone chip away the bed liner material and repaint your truck bed, but it’s not cost-effective. You’re better off keeping the liner.
For those asking, “Why would I want to remove a spray-in bed liner?” That’s because spray-ins may fade and stain with time. As it deteriorates, you might not like the way your spray-in liner looks.
However, there are some positives to Line-X spray-on bed liners.
- Line-X offers a lifetime warranty. However, they ask that you handle any warranty concerns with your local installer. This might be a problem if your local installer shop screwed up your liner in the first place.
- Line-X liners are very resistant to damage. They’re very durable and difficult to scratch.
- When they’re brand new, Line-X bed liners really do look great.
The problem is that all three of these benefits – a lifetime warranty, damage resistance, and great looks – are all benefits you can get with DualLiner.
We don’t really think our product has any downsides, but we’ve tried to come up with a list of cons anyways:
- You usually have to wait to get your DualLiner truck bed liner delivered to your door. While shipping is usually free, we haven’t found a way to make instant deliveries.
- You have to do your own installation. Sure, it’s easy – it takes a couple of simple hand tools and no more than 30 minutes of work – but it’s not quite as easy as handing the keys to the spray-in installer and reading a magazine for a few hours while he or she does their thing.
- We don’t offer a DualLiner for every vehicle. Some makes and models, like the Toyota Tundra or Nissan Titan, can’t get DualLiner –at least not yet.
Some people are concerned that our bed liner’s heavy rubber floor traps water between the liner and your trucks’ paint. This is false. Every truck bed liner has a ZeroSkid® rubber truck bed mat that works with your truck’s factory drain holes. We design each bed liner specific to each truck to make sure water is directed to drain holes.
It’s also worth noting the point of contact between our rubber bed liner floor and your truck bed isn’t flat, it’s actually quite bumpy. We intentionally design our rubber flooring to avoid trapping moisture. This bumpy surface on the bottom of our rubber flooring makes it so air can flow out from under the mat, which prevents mold and mildew from forming.
Here are some things our customers love about DualLiner:
- Scratch AND dent protection. Spray-in liners keep your bed from getting scratched, but they don’t do anything to protect your bed from dents. Our hard plastic sidewalls and heavy rubber flooring absorb damage and prevent dents.
- Cargo protection. Spray-in bed liners have a very rough surface that can scuff cargo. Our bed liner doesn’t.
- There are no concerns about installation screw-ups. The DualLiner is so easy to install a child can do it (and we’ve got proof). There’s no risk of overspray, no concern about our bed liner material “failing to bond” to your truck’s bed, etc. Installation is fast and simple.
- Flat, simple pricing and online purchase process. You don’t have to go to a local “dealer” and hope they charge a good price. You just pick your bed liner and order it from our website. Our pricing is fair and plainly visible.
- Our ZeroSkid bed floor works as promised. When you put a piece of cargo on our heavy bed flooring, the cargo stays put. It doesn’t slide around and get scuffed up.
- Our bed liners can be transferred from one truck to another. If your truck breaks down or gets into an accident, you can just remove the DualLiner and install it in your new truck (assuming it will fit of course…you can’t take a DualLiner out of a Dodge and put it in a Ford).
- The DualLiner has a full lifetime warranty that transfers to the next owner. No exclusions on “commercial use,” no exclusions on “new owners,” etc. Our DualLiner warranties are forever.
Some people will question our comparison and say it’s biased because it’s published on the DualLiner blog. To those people, we can only say “Tell us what we missed.”
If you think our comparison comes up short, or you read something you don’t agree with or don’t understand, please comment below!