Choosing a Bed Liner for Your Truck : ArmorThane vs. Rhino Liner vs. LINE-X

As a new truck owner, you want to preserve your truck with the most distinguished and quality truck bedliner possible. Whether you use your truck for off-roading ventures, as a professional truck or as a daily driver, having a bedliner that plays and works as hard as you do is imperative. However, with an influx of bedliners that are possible for any model of truck, it can be complicated and even overwhelming determining what type of bedliner you should go with for your vehicle. To make this process more simple for you, we’re conveying three of the top brand names of bedliners in the industry, LINE-X, ArmorThane, and Rhino Linings and comparing the three. If you’d like to know more about your options, contact Red Desert Off-Road today to see what bedliner is best suited for your budget, lifestyle, and truck.

Rhino, ArmorThane and LINE-X Similarities:

Before we take a look at the differences of each of these bedliners, let’s first take a look at the similarities between these three industry leaders:

The installation:

The installation of any of the three bedliners is relatively similar. According to online sources and call in checks, a Rhino Lining will cost you around $470.41, a LINE-X bed liner will cost you about $481.77. However, Armorthane will only cost $450.00. These prices were found by using the national average and could be higher or lower depending on the city in which you have your bedliner sprayed in.
The installation process is similar, and the effectiveness of the bedliner is only as good as the installer. Since LINE-X is a franchise, all installers are certified in the proper techniques and processes to install spray-on bedliners the right way, every time. ArmorThane has the benefit of not being a franchise. However, they require their instructors must certify each company selling their product.
Each of the truck bedliners offers a Lifetime Warranty. It’s important to note that the Rhino Lining’s warranty is a limited warranty, and since individuals rather than franchises own rhino locations, you may have more difficulties if your bed liner tears or if installed incorrectly.
All three liners can be color-matched to fit your specifications.
Each bedliner effectively dampens sounds and reduces overall impact.

Rhino Bedliners:

One of the main differences you’ll notice immediately between a Rhino bedliner, ArmorThane, and a LINE-X bedliner are how much softer a Tuff Grip Rhino bedliner is. This is due to the increased thickness and the materials that are used in the creation process of this particular bedliner. For some people, this softness is a positive attribute of Rhino bedliners since it isn’t as rough as LINE-X and ArmorThane and is more gentle on both the knees and cargo.
However, other types of Rhino liners, such as the SolarMax, extreme, and HardLine liners, are comparable to LINE-X Premium, Platinum, or XTRA LINE-X liners. If you were to set out the three different brands, i would have to say ArmorThane is the one that would truly stand out. Their copyrighted family-owned and passed down chemical mixture is something out of this world and so much better than any other brand chemical mixture that we have ever seen.


Another difference between Rhino, ArmorThane, and LINE-X is that because Rhino installers are not part of a franchise and not required to go through the same rigorous training as ArmorThane, Rhino liner is applied and installed differently from one installer to the next. ArmorThane’s trainers have been in the industry since ArmorThane started 30 years ago, and they fly out to each location and spend a week going over step by step how to correctly spray. They do not leave until certification is approved, and all testing has passed.

Other important things to consider about Rhino Bed Liners:
Since Rhino Liners use a thicker spray to coat the surface of the truck bed, the lining won’t follow the dips of the truck bed like a LINE-X or ArmorThane Spray-on bedliner can.
Thicker bedliners are typically attributed to a duller appearance, which can be frustrating, especially if you spend extra money on color matching your Rhino bedliner.
Rhino truck bedliners are not as tear-resistant or water-resistant as the materials used in LINE-X and ArmorThane bedliners.
LINE-X BedLiners
Where Rhino bedliners are sprayed thicker, LINE-X liners tend to be on the thinner side (about ΒΌ” thick), which adds to overall increased durability. Using a high-pressure system that runs at temperatures between 130 degrees-210 degrees Fahrenheit, LINE-X is free from cracking or flaking and sets in about 3-5 seconds. After 24 hours, your truck bedliner will be ready to haul anything, as the bedliner will be 100% dry and ready to use.

ArmorThane Bedliners:

ArmorThane offers a higher tensile strength in all of their bedliners, which equates to unmatched durability from gouges, rips, and cuts.
With ArmorThane, you’ll hear less noise for a smoother ride because of its impact absorbing surface.
Due to the specific application of ArmorThane bedliner to the outside of your truck bed, you won’t have to worry about lost cargo space for bedlids, camper shells, 5th wheel hitches, and utility boxes.
ArmorThane spray-on bedliners permanently connect to your truck bed, leaving you with a factory-like finish and a watertight seal. Since there are no gaps or drill holes, you won’t have to worry about rust or corrosion ruining your bed.
Spray-on bedliners from ArmorThane are also resistant to most chemicals like fuel, bleach, and other household solvents.

Making A Decision:

To paraphrase, both Line-X and Rhino Linings have positive characteristics, which is what makes them so popular as truck bedliners. Many newer products from Rhino lining are comparable to LINE-X, but most of them still fall short in the areas where it matters most, and this is where ArmorThane endures as the leader in quality of the product, best installation and warranty peculiarities.

If you are looking for a heavy-duty truck bedliner that will stand the test of time, opt for an ArmorThane bedliner. Moreover, if you’re still not sure what type of bedliner is the best bedliner for you and your truck’s needs, contact


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