2015 Chevrolet Colorado: Adding a Line-X Spray-On Bedliner
March 12, 2015
Like many of you, we were blown away by the good looks of the color-matched Line-X spray-on bedliner we added to our 2015 Ford F-150 pickup a few weeks ago. A lot of "are you thinking what I'm thinking?" water-cooler talk followed soon after, and the next thing we knew our 2015 Chevrolet Colorado Z71 4x4 pickup was in the spray booth at Line-X of Orange County.
We thought about trying GM's factory spray-on bedliner when we first bought our Colorado, but the trucks we found in dealer inventory didn't have the $475 option. The Chevy Colorado Z71 CrewCab 4x4 we eventually selected had the $140 accessory bed mat instead.
It turns out we're not big fans. The rubber protects the bottom well enough, but the box sides and tailgate are fully exposed. Water gets trapped underneath, too, which might be a concern if it ever rained around here again. And it turns out we're not that fond of how the rubber is a bit grabby when we try to slide certain items in or out.
A Line-X spray-on bedliner was just the ticket, but this time we decided to try a standard black one. After all, our Colorado is a dark shade of gray that goes by the name Cyber Gray Metallic. Black should go nicely with that and save us money.
As before, our local Line-X franchise location charges $485 for a standard black bedliner, about the same as the elusive factory offering. But we also liked the idea of the optional UV protective topcoat helping to prevent fading over time. Line-X markets this combination as their Premium bedliner, a $150 upgrade at our local shop. The total price was $635.
There was one more decision to make. About a dozen oval-shaped holes ring the perimeter of the bed, and some of them interface with certain components of the GearOn cargo management accessory system. Removing the plugs before spraying would allow future access, but they are brittle and flimsy and their perimeter slot is too thin to allow them to snap back in place once the added thickness of the Line-X spray-on coating was applied.
None of the GearOn bits resonated with us. We're not contractors and the bike rack contraption seems silly and expensive when you have a whole truck bed and a Josh that can MacGyver a rack out of found materials. So we decided to leave the oval plugs in place and spray over them.
We did, however, remove the round rubber plugs found behind each of the four corner stake pockets. These plugs are much more robust and reusable. And the optional tie-down rings that fit in these holes seem like something we might go for.
It took less time to prep the Colorado's bed than the Ford. Sure, it's smaller, but there also wasn't any tie-down hardware to remove. And there weren't any visible bed mounting bolts, either. They must screw in from below on this truck.
Black is the most common bedliner color sprayed, so much so that the "B" component of the Line-X two-part mix is supplied to the shop in either of two colors: black or a light tan color that's engineered to be tinted to suit any color request, such as the Blue Flame hue of our F-150.
It seemed to me that the spraying process took less time because we chose black. There certainly wasn't much hue-mixing going on. Chances are the equipment was already prepped to spray black before they pulled the truck into the bay.
The bedliner material was dry moments after it hit the truck. It happened so fast that the delay between bedliner application and the topcoat boiled down to how quickly the spray technician could switch guns.
As before, I was advised to keep the tailgate down for a few hours to prevent it from sticking to anything it might contact when closed. This precaution has more to do with the residual tackiness of the topcoat than the bedliner material itself.
By noon the next day it was done. It could get wet. It was ready for Costco runs. We could haul junk home from the home improvement store. The only thing left is to figure out what to do with one surplus rubber Colorado bed mat.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 6,646 miles