Polyurea bedliner was always used on much more than truck beds. Flexible, and durable, polyurea can be used for complete interior, exterior, entire vehicle jobs, as well as boats, live ponds with waterscape; most specialized or highly utilized surfaces benefit extremely from added protection of polyurea as a most cost-effective protective coating.
ArmorThane produces several polyurea types notwithstanding same materials as bedliner dogs like Rhino Linings or Line-X. Many of these brand name dealers learned ArmorThane is same or better at lower pricing.
Why would you want to consider coating your truck, jeep, trailer, or boat with a polyurea coating? Bottom Line: It’s the most cost-effective option for not only protecting your investments but also for aesthetic value… period. Using bedliner to coat your vehicle comes out much cheaper than a basic auto paint job by a fraction of the price! PPG charges an average price of $348 a gallon for standard black auto paint, DuPont charges on average $329, and SEM, a cheaper grade charges on average $210. Polyurea Line-X sells to its dealers can cost $23 to $69 a gallon in large drums only. Rhino is similar. This is cheaper even with costs of installation, franchise fees, etc. At 2 to 5 gallons required for a quality bed liner that shows why average retail bedliner price is over $540 via Line-X or Rhino dealers. With Spray-Lining and Coatings, dealer costs are much less as is average bed liner pricing: $425. Rhino and Line-X are also only available through and applied by a dealer which is distinct from DIY options available through Spray-Lining and Coatings. The prices of Line-X and Rhino are only for the product itself which unfortunately is unavailable as Rhino and Line-X dealers must sell you the service only. Smaller quantities than big drums requiring expensive equipment are available with a cartridge system in Rhino Pro, that’s still several truck beds or full jeeps and a few thousand bucks. Although SL&C sells that same cartridge system with full support via our dealers Rhino dealers are literally hurt by a DIY variation of what they cannot sell you, so they won’t help you.
Spray-Lining and Coatings or SL&C charges $17 to $28 a gallon to its dealers and if you go for the DIY route its $17 to $52 a gallon, a bit more only because of lower quantity than dealer uses. There are little differences between the DIY route with SL&C versus going to a dealer in that the application process with varying equipment types changes application method. Still SL&C and it’s dealers fully support DIY jobs, especially spraying full vehicle exterior, interior, underneath, all details.
So why pick SL&C when you could go down to Wal-Mart for even cheaper DIY bedliner and be done with it? Because 1 gallon of urethane with a dollar-store-type roller for $70 to $96 is actually more expensive than DIY via SL&C! But mostly: One simple word: Polyurea. The truth is that no other DIY bedliner uses it and Polyurea is the only true quality bedliner- we used it for larger jobs well before Rhino Linings or Line-X used it for truck beds. For a Polyurea blend, SL&C is the bottom line, bottom dollar solution to the full jeep, full truck, boats, trailers; overall polyurea coating needs. In the long run, Polyurea is the only material durable enough, and elastic enough to have any tangible value as this type of specialized, protective coating. All other DIY competitors use polyurethane, epoxies, and other blends which are nothing but a hunk of baloney. SL&C uses top notch, real deal Polyurea in our blend just like Bayer Labs, its inventor. Arma Coatings with Rhino from Africa, apparently pioneered pickup truck polyurea in the USA. Actual big guys were always DuPont, PPG, other public giants via Bayer Labs. SL&C is not public but has a complete history with polyurea, notwithstanding truck beds.
Let’s say you’re still thinking that the Line-X guys or Rhino guys might be a better option for you but the price is overwhelming at best. As we did, contact this average Line-X dealer in Las Vegas (702-434-9274), for example. Here, Randy quotes the exterior job at $6000 for basic black and for a stripped interior it costs $1,200. That seems high, maybe the price is inflated for Las Vegas. OK, let’s try Wichita, Kansas at another “official” Line-X franchise (316-858-1197) that charges $900 for an interior job and upwards of 5,200 for a full exterior, at least $6,800 for it’s Ultra, a higher strength thinner coat with a finer texture, or it’s Premium, which promises a shiny finish, per Robert although he also says jobs can often go up to $8,000. Another Rhino dealer in Las Vegas (702-946-1055) charges $6,600 for an exterior job in only standard black, interior goes for $2000. Like a few other close Rhino dealers this was quoted for only the hybrid coating (they get from SL&C) which isn’t Rhino’s own TuffGrip. Toppers Plus Truck Accessories (316-942-2864), a Rhino dealer in Wichita, charges $5,200 for a whole truck job, this price was quoted by Michelle. My dealership, Ben Dexter’s under SL&C in Zone 3 and the Zone 4 dealership, Southeast Lining and Coatings, blow their estimates out of the water at well under $3,800 dollars for total exterior and interior jobs. For less than that, full application support with DIY Full Jeep / Truck Exterior bedliner is under $1,000.
SL&C does compete with national name brands, but owes great thanks to brands like Line-X especially; promoting this, “Coat your full jeep or SUV” as a new idea opened up the market for you and us. Now with SL&C you can read between the lines.
Rhino and Line-X sell value in that name brand but to its dealers, which means you its overpriced polyurea and application while SL&C doesn’t come near the cost for higher spec product: You can’t buy Vortex liners unless you’re a dealer and you can’t even find a dealer without filling out a form with few actual locations as they are only likely to have maybe 1 dealer per state. Reflex and Vortex yielded similar results.
As far as I see it your only options are some higher priced national brand or copy, the cheap parts store or Wal-Mart copies, or ArmorThane which is premium Polyurea at an unbeatable price (dealer applied or DIY).
With Polyurea being a cheaper alternative to auto paint, and ArmorThane offering the highest quality polyurea product priced at an average of half of the major competitors, it’s tough not to see ArmorThane as the only option. In essence, no other competitor has a kit specially designed for a full vehicle, we corner the market when it comes to total body custom lining and coating jobs. This is one of the few vendors where lower price equals higher quality.
ArmorThane has the best polyurea, equipment and support pricing. This EQUALS the best deal.