There are two common types of bed liners, as well as other accessories that Tacoma owners can choose from:
- Drop-in Bed Liners
- Spray-on Bed Liners
Drop-in bed liners are composed of a specialized plastic molding that is fitted securely to the inside of your pickup bed. Offering all-season and all-weather protection, drop-in bed liners are the most cost-effective option for Tacoma owners on a budget.
The best part of drop-in bed liners is that they add another reinforced layer of protection against sharp and heavy objects and your pickup bed.
Unfortunately, drop-in bed liners can leave your truck bed susceptible to water damage if not properly fitted and the installation process is a little obtrusive to your vehicle’s appearance.
Spray-on covers offer much of the same protection, with the added resistance against chemical spills that won’t get trapped underneath the lining. If you’re looking for a long-term and permanent solution for your pickup bed, then investing in a spray-on cover may be the best solution. Of course, this comes at the cost of a higher price tag. Fortunately, with a little elbow grease and some sandpaper, installation is a breeze.
There is also brush-on bed liners, which offer a more complete protection than spray-on bed liners. Installation requires a paintbrush or roller and is much more difficult. For a brush-on bed liner we recommend seeking professional assistance.
For those who are looking to save money or don’t require the full protection of a bed liner, there are bed mats and rugs available that don’t require professional installation. A slide-in mat liner can provide great protection against UV rays and even some mild use, but these accessories don’t offer the full protection of a drop-in or spray-on liner.