The science behind making a bedliner indestructible

Updated Aug 7, 2015

A-LEAD-BedlinersLINE-X reveals how they test their product to perfection, making it the toughest on the market

When it comes to chemistry, not all bedliners are the same, says Line-X. As a leader in high-performance spray-on bedliners, the company takes testing its product very serious and gets down to brass tacks, educating truck owners how to get the most indestructible protection for their bed.

How it’s done: When testing a material for the things truck owners and off-road warriors really need protection for, there are four main tests that can’t be overlooked.

Line-X keeps rust and abrasion from being an issue.Line-X keeps rust and abrasion from being an issue.
  • Tensile strength measures the maximum amount of force a material can withstand before breaking.
  • Elongation measures the percentage change in the length of a material before fracturing.
  • Hardness describes the resistance of a material to distortion and is measured on an alphabetic scale, type A being softer than type D.
  • UV stability tests a material’s resistance to fading or color change under continuous exposure to UV light.

Most spray-on bedliners are made of a polyurea hybrid. They typically have high flex, but score lower in hardness, which eventually affects the ability to withstand abrasion over time.

Line-X offers bedliners made of pure polyurea, which combines strength and flexibility to maximize toughness.

“As the nation’s leading provider of spray-on protective coatings, we always strive to be the best of the best through continuous field testing, the right equipment and advanced knowledge,” said Terry Pe, VP of LINE-X Product Development.

Line-X checks thickness at several areas of the bed to ensure material is at proper depth after application.Line-X checks thickness at several areas of the bed to ensure material is at proper depth after application.

How does Line-X stack up against other bedliners? With a dedicated full-time Research & Development team, the company is able to produce the toughest sprayable elastomeric coating available in the truck aftermarket with double the hardness rating compared to competitors.

The coatings’ excellent impact resistance and superior tensile strengths (up to 6,600 psi) result in outstanding abrasion resistance.

Because the material is sprayed, there is a complete seal, making the coating watertight.

Here’s how the comparative numbers stack up according to Line-X’s data:

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