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Reflex vs. Rhino vs. Linex Spray-On Bedliner Cost Comparison

by | Jul 25, 2013 | Bedliner

This post compares the price differences of the three major spray-on bedliners: Reflex, Rhino, and Linex Cost.

We will also compare some common questions that people ask when they try to decide which bedliner to use for their truck. 

Being in the auto body refinishing business for so long, I had the opportunity to work on all the major brands of trucks, including Ford, Dodge, Chevrolet, and the Asian brands of Toyota, Nissan, and others.

Quite frankly, all of these trucks were coming in with different bedliners sprayed on them. So it was very common to have 3 or 4 trucks in my shop with Linex, Rhino, and Reflex this has given me a birds-eye view for comparisons.

One might think that I’m biased because I spray the Reflex brand; and at one point in my career when I decided to add spray-on bedliner service to my business, I had to decide on which brand to go with just as you are by researching what to put in your truck bed. This decision is a critical one because we value our trucks – the purchase price to own a nice truck can sometimes be upwards to 40-50,000 – so this is not a small decision.

Here’s an important fact: Your truck bed will be better off with a Reflex, Rhino, or Linex liner installed. And I’m not going to list all the benefits of putting a liner in your truck bed for the protection of your bed, cargo, etc. over the plastic liners. If you want to read more about that, you can check out some other posts that I have done here that go over the advantages of a spray-on liner.

Before we get into a spray-on Bedliner cost comparison, whether it’s a Linex, Reflex, or Rhino, you will want to consider more than just the actual Bedliner cost!

I will give you some things that you want to know about the quality of the products that not everyone is aware of.

Here is a quick list of questions you want to ask when considering the quality:

  • What are the ingredients of the product? Is it a polyuria-hybrid product?
  • What kind of UV protection is in the ingredients? What is the life of UV stability?
  • Are you able to get unlimited colors over the standard black if you want?
  • How are the prep and installation completed? What are the procedures?

Below you will find pictures from my shop of vehicles with Reflex, Linex, and Rhino. You’ll see the differences in quality, texture, imperfections, and UV problems. My point being here is that a picture is worth a thousand words, right? 

I have done a practice because I never try to make sales to bring down my competitors. So let the pictures do the talking. I would love to see your comments!

Let’s get back to the subject of the spray-on bedliner cost comparison.

Generally speaking, all three companies are within $50-75 of each other. So it comes down to the quality of the product and the confidence you have in with the dealer.

It’s usually impossible to find a spray-on bedliner cost comparison unless you call the dealer.

But I’m going to go against the grain and give you the Reflex brand liners’ cost from my facility. Please keep in mind that I don’t ask for extra for over rail, under rail, etc. – I have a flat price policy. That will narrow down the three most popular truck beds that we service:

  • 6.5′ bed        $450.00   plus tax
  • 8.0″bed   $550.00 plus tax
  • mini              $375.00 –  $425 plus tax
  • Jeeps       $625.00 plus tax

There you have it – that’s what we charge at Palm Beach Customs when we do your spray-on bedliner project.

We use the highest grade urethane products and colors available to give you the best color and UV resistance. The only maintenance is to wash it with soap and water once in a while to keep it clean. The other brands usually offer a yearly UV protection coating – but who wants to go through that trouble?

Here is some technical info for all you techies.

Info By Reflex

Q: Is Reflex UV Stable?

A: The short answer is yes, Reflex is UV stable. But the one question does not address the real concern regarding the retention of the original appearance. Many truck bedliner groups claim UV stability and yet look terrible less than one year later. UV stability only means that the material won’t fail due to exposure to sunlight. It’s really something that needs better interpretation. Color stability and resistance to the surface’s premature oxidation are the two most essential issues from the standpoint of how a truck bed liner looks two years down the road. Our Polyurea Hybrid Chemistry is formulated from a group of polyols and isos that perform as well as cured urethane material exposed to intense direct sunlight.

Our primary concern is that a Reflex truck bedliner looks close to the original condition in its second year after application. We know from years of trials that when we get that much longevity, the following years will also be satisfactory to the customer, and repeat sales will follow. We also use the best colorants, including automotive color toners that have a proven UV performance history.

Q: Spray-on Bedliners: Hard vs. Soft vs. Flexible. How does Reflex compare?

A: Some truck bedliners are made from relatively hard, rigid materials, and most competitors trying to market harder products like to refer to Reflex as being “soft.” Reflex really isn’t soft but rather extremely flexible. Just like the rubber used in car tires, you wouldn’t think of a tire as being soft or fragile, and you also know that a tire is extremely rugged and will withstand a lot of abuse. If car tires were made from a harder, more rigid rubber composition, three things would change: The vehicle would be a lot noisier because of the rough ride, the tires would wear out much sooner, and you would slide a lot farther while trying to stop. Hardness is not a measure of durability and abrasion resistance.

Our Polyurea Hybrid Chemistry is formulated to have a rubbery inline skate wheel instead of hard plastic. Reflex’s flexibility results in a fantastic grip, and its surface will protect the cargo from sliding, scratching, or marking.

Another example of flexible material strength is the liner inside of concrete pumping hoses that utilize a very flexible rubber for the best possible resistance to severe abrasion. Reflex will outperform any other truck liner product in a sandblast chamber because it does not chip away from the jagged profile of the blasting sand.

Q: How do the physical properties of Reflex compare to others?

A: Reflex has a Shore A hardness of 85, Tensile strength of 2,000 psi, and elongation of 600%. However, it is difficult to use these numbers to make an accurate comparison between products because all three numbers need to be considered together. Paper, for example, at the same thickness as a rubber band, is a harder material and will have a higher tensile strength, yet it will cut easily compared to the rubber and tear rather than stretch. Similarly, concrete has high tensile strength but doesn’t make for a good truck liner. The materials should be tested for suitability of purpose, apart from focusing on one particular specification. We will mislead it if we focus just on elongation, but the real test of material is in an extended field test where all elements come into play.

Hope this provides some valuable information, and if there are any other questions that you would like answered, please contact us.

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3 Comments

  1. Randall Smith

    I want to get the bumper rear bumper of my Mercedes coded can you give me a call so I can get an idea what that might cost and how it will hold up Randy Smith 239-633-3797

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    • John Russo

      Randall you can call me on the number listed on the top right of the website ..thanks John

      Reply
  2. Thierry Grom

    I have a Reflex liner sprayed in 2007. The bed rails are now showing paint and very detriated as well as the tailgate. The inside has a where the liner bubbled up and caused it to tear. My Reflex logo on my back window stood up better than the liner. So in my contract I have a life time gaureentee but the company that spayed it is no longer. Where can I find a dealer that can repair the damage that was caused from the sun and the areas in the bed? I also have a slide cover that stays shut and covers the entire bed except the bed rails from the time the liner was put in. I live in Suffolk Va 23434.
    Thank you for your time.

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