The battle between paint protection film and ceramic coating heats up. Which is better for your vehicle? Or can you choose both? To answer this question, we provide you with an understanding of how paint protection film and ceramic coating help your car’s paint. Have a look at our guide below to find out which solution is best for you.

What is a Paint Protection Film?

Paint protection film (PPF or clear bra) is a clear film that is applied to a car’s exterior to protect the paint. The paint protection film serves as an extra layer that helps protect the car’s paint against UV rays, oxidation, scratches, chips, etc. 

Here are some benefits of PPF:

  • A high-impact layer of protection against rock chips
  • Contains polymers with self-healing properties
  • The film serves as a protection against chemical etch marks and chemical stains
  • PPF is virtually invisible, forming a transparent barrier for your car
  • It can keep your car looking newer for longer, thereby increasing its resale value

What is a Ceramic Coating?

Ceramic coating is a liquid polymer that is applied to a car’s exterior to create a bond with the car’s paint. The result is a bond that forms a layer of protection for the vehicle’s exterior. Unlike waxes or sealants, however, the ceramic coating does not wash away during car washes, and it lasts for years instead of months.

The benefits of ceramic coating include:

  • Minimal maintenance is needed and it lasts significantly longer than traditional waxes
  • Creates a hydrophobic surface which protects the car’s exterior against bird droppings, hard water spots, and minor scratches such as swirls.
  • The hydrophobic properties also mean that the whole vehicle is easier to wash as dirt particles can’t bond with the paint.
  • Contains a chemical resistant surface that protects the car against acidic contaminants.
  • It is UV resistant, protecting your car against UV damage

What’s the best solution?

Choosing between paint protection film or ceramic coating is a personal choice that varies between individuals. Both are excellent and form a protective layer between your car’s paint and the harsh Colorado elements. The difference between the two is that PPF is virtually invisible, while ceramic coating forms a glossy surface. The ultimate solution is a combination of both, which will give you the scratch and chip protection of PPF and the gloss and hydrophobic properties of a ceramic coating. Regardless of whether you choose PPF or a ceramic coating (or both!), you are going to protect your vehicle’s paint and extend that shiny new car look for longer.

Have you decided between paint protection film vs. ceramic coating? Give Pro Auto Spa a call to help you out!