Many people looking for protective coatings for their cars often spend a lot of time pondering the choice of ceramic coating vs. paint protection film. The two options provide benefits that are similar in many ways. Both of them protect your car’s paintwork, keeping it looking like new for longer and preventing sun damage, and marks caused by various contaminants. Both of them will preserve the beauty of your car and add value to it. 

Both solutions do the following:

  • Stop chemical marking and etching
  • Keeps the car looking newer for longer
  • Prevents swirl marks and hard water stains
  • Prevent oxidation and fading

PPF provides the following benefits, which you cannot get from ceramic coatings:

  • Stops rock chips
  • Prevents small scratches
  • Self-heals after impacts from stones and debris

Ceramic coating offers a better-than-showroom shine for years to come.

Depending on your vehicle and coverage area, PPF can be more of a financial investment than ceramic coating, so you need to consider the benefits and your own budget. 

How are Paint Protection Films and Ceramic Coatings Different?

Although the two treatments are similar in many key attributes, they also differ from one another in a number of significant ways. PPF is the thicker of the two, and it has a chemical composition that allows it to heal itself, meaning it can sustain an abrasion and return to its original form. It absorbs rock chips, small scratches, swirl marks, and hard water spots without permanent damage. 

Ceramic coatings have a different quality. What they do have is a powerful hydrophobic property that allows moisture to bead and roll off the paintwork with ease. The dirt and dust that often come with rain and water from puddles on the road, and more importantly the salt, sand, magnesium chloride, and other chemicals used during snow & ice storms in Colorado Springs, can be cleaned off much easier with a ceramic coating. It doesn’t offer quite as much protection against physical impacts such as those from stones and other hazards. Ceramic coatings also provide an eye-catching glossy finish, which you won’t get with PPF.

In short, PPF provides a physical layer against potential damage and contamination, while ceramic coating forms a hydrophobic, chemical layer that guards against water and dirt.

How to Choose Between Paint Protection Film and Ceramic Coating

The choice between the two protective treatments comes down to your priorities and budget. If you want a coating that will last longer and cost less, then ceramic coating would be the right option. PPF, on the other hand, is more expensive but offers more protection against physical damage and contamination. 

The good news is that the decision is not mutually exclusive! If you want paint protection for your car in Colorado Springs, you don’t have to choose between PPF and ceramic coating. The two solutions can be applied together. PPF is applied to the areas of the car that are most vulnerable to chips and scratches. These areas include the bumper, hood, fenders, side mirrors, rocker panels, and wheel arches. Once the PPF has been applied to these areas, a ceramic coating is applied to the entire painted surface of the car. The coating bonds to both the paint and the PPF, providing an additional layer of protection against stains and chemical etching. It will also help the film last longer by keeping it clean and free from contaminants. Together, the two products can protect your car’s paint in the long term and preserve and enhance your vehicle’s stunning showroom appearance.

Whether you choose PPF or ceramic coating – or both – Pro Auto Spa has the equipment, expertise, and professional materials to apply both treatments to high professional standards. Contact us to book your vehicle treatment or for more information on the relative merits of ceramic coating vs. paint protection film.