Finding a Protecta Bed Mat may be easier for you than finding other brands of rubber mats. It’s widely spray on bedliner but similar in design to several other mats out there. It shares some advantages with other rubber mats and offers some unique advantages. Following are reasons to consider the Protecta mat or a similar one.
Easy To Find
As mentioned, the Protecta brand mat shows up in many places. It is likely that a local auto parts store stocks the mat for many late model trucks. If not they can probably have one for you by next week or sooner. Also some of the rural supply stores, like Tractor Supply, stock the Protecta as well as the Dee Zee mat. Then again, you can order one for your truck online and get it at your house in a few days and pay nothing for shipping.
Fits Most Trucks
The Protecta in particular comes in models to fit many trucks. When you consider all the possible models of trucks and realize that most models require different cut-outs for the mats to fit properly, it’s amazing how many models Protecta does provide. Especially if you have a later model truck, it’s a sure thing that a mat will fit your vehicle. If not, there’s always the trim to fit version which fits anything.
Though rubber pickup mats cost little, they provide a high level of protection from damaging dents. Dents potentially do more expensive damage to trucks than scratches ever can. Try pricing dent repair compared to scratch repair.
Heavy rubber absorbs most impacts protecting not just the metal underneath but also an expensive spray on bed liner too. Granted spray coatings look great and offer thick protection, but even the most expensive spray coat is still mostly paint. Cover it with a rubber mat and you can just about quit worrying about dents, at least on the area under the rubber.
The Easy In And Out Advantage
Installation of mats consists of pitching the mat into the bed and rolling it out. Removal is the reverse. Now granted my mat weighs 68 pounds but that’s still a moderate weight to deal with. That means you can slip a mat in if you know the job calls for it and slip it out to store it away when it’s no longer required.
Protecta makes a tailgate cover too to match the rest of the mat. That way you can get the same dent protection and scratch prevention for the vulnerable gate area as you get on the main bed of the pickup. It does match too and it could stay on even if the rest of the mat gets pulled out.
Costs Nearly Nothing
For all this protection and versatility you pay almost nothing. That’s what makes it tricky. Compared to other more expensive liner options, like spray on bedliners, it looks as if the “cheap” mats would be worth little. That’s a mistake. Little cost in this case equals high value. For less than one-tenth the cost of a spray on bed liner you get real dent protection that’s easy to put in and take out.
A Protecta bed mat may be the easiest of the rubber bed mats to find. Often available locally, the mats can also be ordered for most models of trucks and will be at your house in just a few days and usually shipping is free. Rubber truck bed mats work especially well over more expensive liners to protect not only the bed itself but the more expensive liner itself.