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Ceramic Coating vs Paint Protection Film

When you purchase a new car, you want it to stay new looking for as long as possible. That perfect paint job and the high gloss finish are highly coveted long after you drive it off the showroom floor.

Then reality sets in.

The shine starts to dim, and the paint begins to fade. 

Weather, direct sunlight, regular wear and tear, road grime, and scratches all work to erode your clear coat and paint, dulling that gorgeous showroom shine.

There are ways to combat these paint job hazards and keep your car looking shiny and new. Two of the most popular methods are ceramic coating and a paint protection film called Clear Bra.

Both have similar functions yet are quite different. Which is the better choice?

Here’s what you need to know to make your own choice.

Why does Your Paint Job Need Protection?

Every day your car is exposed to things that can damage the paint. From harsh weather to extreme hot or cold environments, to daily driving and prolonged exposure to the sun, a car’s paint job goes through a lot.

Paint protection like ceramic coating and paint protection film (PPF) offer protection from many common threats to a vehicle’s paint job, including:

  • Peeling, cracked clear coat
  • Scratches and chips caused by road debris, hail, and rocks
  • Chemical etch marks and stains from acidic contaminants
  • Oxidation and paint fade caused to exposure to prolonged, direct sunlight (UV exposure)
  • Swirl marks and scuffs from washing
  • Mineral deposits that cause hard water spots

What is Paint Protection Film?

Paint protection film is a thin, clear film that is applied to the exterior of a vehicle. It is also often referred to as “clear bra.” This self-healing, malleable material is a thermoplastic urethane film that molds to the car, conforming to the curves and lines, protecting the paint

When it is applied correctly, PPF is invisible to the naked eye, yet protects the car’s paint job and clear coat.

What is Ceramic Coating?

Ceramic coating is a liquid polymer that, once applied, creates a chemical bond with the vehicle’s paint. This creates a durable, tough layer of protection with a high gloss, glass-like shine. Once set, the surface of the ceramic coating is hydrophobic, meaning that it repels water, making it more difficult for contaminants to access or bond to the vehicle’s paint.

This unique property means that the vehicle stays cleaner longer, it does not require waxing, it only needs to be washed every two weeks, and washing it is much easier. What’s more, it protects against scuffs, scratches, and scrapes.

Paint Protection Film vs Ceramic Coating

Ceramic coating is not the same as clear bra, or paint protection film. There are some distinct differences that are very important to car owners.

When looking at ceramic coating vs clear bra paint protection film, you’ll first see several similarities. Both help reduce UV damage from prolonged direct sunlight exposure and acidic contaminants.

PPF lasts around five to seven years whereas ceramic coating lasts 8 to 10 years or longer with proper care. Ceramic coating is a much more permanent option that saves you money in the long run.

Both options offer protection from chips, scratches, and scuffs, but the self-healing properties of PPF make it a more attractive option for some people. However, ceramic coating is also good at preventing scratches, chips, and scuffs. It stands up very well to regular road wear.

On the other hand, nothing can beat the high gloss shine of a ceramic coated car. The glass-like shine enhances the paint, making it appear more vibrant.

Ceramic coating is also easier to maintain. A good wash every two weeks with periodic wipe downs in between is all you need to do to keep your car looking just like new.

The hydrophobic properties of the ceramic coating also make this option much more attractive because it does make washing your car easier. The dirt does not bond to the car’s surface, so all you have to do is wipe it off with a soft, clean cloth. Washing is easy as well. Just a gentle detergent, a soft washing mitt, and water and you’re good to go.

While both options are good, if you want the most durable, longest lasting, most attractive protective option, ceramic coating is the clear choice.

Get a Ceramic Coating on Your Car Today!

Are you ready to have your car ceramic coated? We’re here to help you get it done! Our knowledgeable, friendly, skilled technicians will take your car and treat it as their own when they apply the ceramic coating. They’ll also be happy to answer any questions you might have about the maintenance such as how to wash it, what products to use, and how to best take care of your new ceramic coating.

Call today and let’s get started. Your car will love you for it.

 

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