When shopping around, ask the shop what technology system they use. All shops use either High Pressure, Low Pressure, Cartridge, Hopper Gun, or Roll On Bedliner. If they don’t know what they use, then they don’t even know the other technologies exist! ALWAYS ASK!
Bedliners Of Treasure Valley -VS- Others
Although Line-X XS-100 is a very fine product. When you compare the self-published technical data sheets by the chemical manufacturers, you will find that our chemical formulation is not just harder (impact resistance), but more elastic (flexibility). Our product also has a more tensile strength (the amount of force needed to stretch the material and is more tear-resistant. So according to these lab data sheets, our chemical is harder, more tear-resistant, more elastic, AND needing more force to stretch. We both use high-pressure technology, but our Ameraguard chemical does outperform the XS-100.
Rhino Linings’ hybrid bed liner has come a long way from the original Rhino. Most dealers have now switched from the low pressure (gummy) liner to their new high-pressure hybrid formulation. This formulation is comparable in hardness, but according to the self-published data sheets by the chemical manufacturers, our formulation still exceeds in elasticity (flexibility), tensile strength (the amount of force needed to stretch the material and is more tear-resistant. Our chemical outperforms their hybrid material in 3 out of 4 main testing methods, and ties for the fourth. We both use high-pressure technology, but our Ameraguard chemical does outperform the Rhino Linings’ hybrid Bedliner.
Although most high-pressure liners are very comparable, there is a huge difference between our high pressure vs the low-pressure liner brands. There is a DRAMATIC difference in durability, hardness, tear, and impact resistance. The only benefit to a low-pressure liner is the rubbery grip. This grip however makes the liner VERY soft and easy to damage. It also makes the liner extremely slippery when wet. The liner is easily damaged by heavy and sharp objects or hard impacts. It is an older technology and does not compare in durability to our Ameraguard liner.
A lot of shops use a cartridge system to apply bed liners. They do this because it has a low cost to get in (about a $600 gun vs our $35k system). With the right applicator, they look really good and perform similarly to a high-pressure system. There is a big downside however, they are sprayed VERY THIN. Most cartridge systems only use about 2.5 gallons and use about half of the same material as a high-pressure system. Why pay the same price for half the material?
There are a lot of shops that spray a hopper gun system. They look like traditional paint guns with canisters on top. This Bedliner is not like all the technologies listed above. This is because it has to dry by solvents evaporating. These liners take at least 24 hrs to cure. Since they have to evaporate to cure, you lose about 1/2 the thickness due to evaporation. So if the installer puts 2 gallons, you will lose approximately HALF to evaporation! So you are left with only about a gallon of solid material. These liners tend to be very hard that makes them more prone to cracking. Make sure you know if your installer is using a hopper gun system. Our equipment system costs about $35k, these are about $100. These systems are VERY common, so make sure you ask the right questions!
These liners are very much like the hopper gun system. These are even slower drying and can be very brittle. They also tend to be the thinnest. If you put 2 gallons of material, about half will evaporate to fully cure. So you may only get about 1 gallon of a solid product. You can usually get this product in the store, but there is no comparison in thickness, durability, and, looks when compared to our product. This Bedliner is not like all the technologies listed above but somewhat similar to the hopper gun system.
These bed liners are usually installed by the car dealership. They are not sprayed in but are slid in place to “protect” the bed. In reality, they can cause more harm than good. Over time they tend to warp and actually scratch the bed that it is designed to protect. They are also not watertight and can accelerate rust underneath. They are notorious for allowing heavy objects to slide VERY easily. If an item is not properly secure, it can be even dangerous. Every liner above does a better job in slip resistance over a drop-in liner. Dealers love installing these because of the high markup and profit.