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The Different Forms of Boot Liners

Boot Liners can come in a variety of forms and natures according to their base material or compound of manufacture. Each has benefits and drawbacks upon their alternative counterparts and essentially the consumer decision falls primarily upon personal preferences.

The most common form of boot liner would be that of SBR or Natural Rubber as its manufacturing compound. The benefit of SBR in such a boot mat or liner is that it is considerably flexible, allowing the material to bend and take shape without cracking or adverse damage to the material thickness. It does not allow for warping or shrinkage since its method of manufacture involves the compression of material at high pressure and temperature. Other good properties from these forms of flat tailored boot mats are that they are water resistant. SBR is a non-permeable compound, and therefore water cannot seep through and cause damage to the car boot carpet underneath. Many forms of such boot liner also have a raised capture area to prevent overspillages from around the edges.

 Since this is a moulded rubberised product the weight is also relatively considerable. Whiilst quite portable and easy to roll and remove, the overall boot liner weight is still quite significant, primarily due to the density of the moulded rubber as a finished product. Alongside the above mentioned properties, such a form of moulded SBR boot liner also allows for the potential of an anti-slip frictional top surface, helping to prevent items and belongings within the cargo area from moving and slipping whilst on the road. LDPE on the other hand, is completely different in terms of gripping compared to such a type of product.

 

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LDPE Boot Liners

A large proportion of the aftermarket boot liners in circulation are made from a base material most commonly known as LDPE. The key reasons for this being the case is its relatively low engineering cost for tailoring to new makes and models, and its ability to be formed without a high raw material cost. Such types of products are usually supplied with a slightly raised outer lip and are vacuum formed into shape. Whilst popular, their main drawback is underpinned by the fact that LDPE is essentially a plastic, and unlike rubber, it is far less flexible in terms of portability or removal.

Other common uses for this type of material include houshold products such as dispensing or washing bottles and plastic carrier bags. Its relatively low cost of manufacture makes it an ideal budget option for simple protection without exorbitant product cost.

LDPE is generally considered to be a suitable boot liner material. However, given the preference, many OEM's would be more inclined to an automotive accessory with greater levels of flexibility and portability.

In many instances SBR or TPE boot liners have become more widely available, giving users that added level of product performance and usability or cleaning simplicity.

 

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 Driving without Boot Liners

Whilst now commonly chosen as an accessory for protection the the vehicle rear load area space, there are still many drivers who tend to risk the area to potential spillages and fluid leaks. Most cars are designed to have a carpeted load area space as the covering over the spare tyre and safety fixing kit.

The other key protective purpose of a boot liner would be in the case of dog ownership and transportation. If a canine needs to be transported, in most cases they travel in the rear boot area where permitting. This would be usually prevalent for 4x4 vehicles or estate cars. By covering the load space it can offer protection against unwanted odours and fluids that may be difficult to later eradicate.

Apart from the fitment of such a protective layer, whether it be as a deep LDPE boot liner, or alternatively a flexible SBR or TPE boot liner, it is effectively very difficult to protect the vehicle load area region.

However the dealership costs of such a protective part or accessory often drives potential customers away, with the view to source an aftermarket product that would satisfy form and function without the hefty price tag. With global adjustments in economic terms, these have had ripple effects not only for the car makers, their sub suppliers of products, but most crucially the target customer base for the whole business entity. Consumers have become more savvy in terms of shopping and purchase options, with premium prices now becoming a more considered choice than beforehand. Similarly, OEM product manufacturers have also had to diversity their focus, since the vehicle makers' stability has been somewhat unsettled with recent financial upheavals. The overall winners have been in real terms both the aftermarket as a whole and the consumer both in terms of product pricing and quality levels.