If you’re a car owner, you might have heard about ceramic pro coating and paint protection film (PPF). But what are they? How do they work? And most importantly, can you apply them together? The answer is yes! For maximum effectiveness, ceramic coating and PPF can be applied together on the car surfaces. This article covers everything from how each product works to their differences and benefits when used together.
What is a Paint Protection Film?
A paint protection film is a thin, transparent film applied to a vehicle’s painted surface. Paint protection films are typically made from urethane or polyurethane and can be purchased in various thicknesses. They can be applied over the existing paint job or as a complete replacement in the case of repainting. Paint protection films are designed to protect the paint on cars from scratches and dings, making them ideal for use on vehicles that are in daily use.
What is Ceramic Coating?
Ceramic coating is a ceramic-based nano-ceramic coating applied to the car’s surface. It protects against damage, increases gloss and shine, and makes cleaning much more manageable. Ceramic coating is hydrophobic—it repels water like oil, so it’s very easy to wash off dirt and grime with a light rinse. It also protects the paint from environmental contaminants and makes it easier to remove bird droppings, tree sap, and road tar.
Ceramic coating can be used on almost any type of paintwork for protection against chemical damage (such as stains from acids) as well as oxidation and UV rays that cause fading over time. The layer of protection will last for many years, depending on how well it has been applied in the first place and how often the car is cleaned after each wash!
What are the Differences Between Ceramic Coating and Paint Protection Film?
When it comes to protecting the car’s paint job, ceramic coating and car PPF both have unique properties to offer. So, which is the better option?
Ceramic coating is a clear liquid that is applied to the vehicle’s surface. Once it dries, it forms a protective layer that is resistant to UV rays, so it can help to keep the car’s paint from fading. Ceramic coating makes it easier to clean the car because dirt and grime will not be able to adhere to the surface as easily.
The smooth surface of the film repels contaminants that usually bond to the paint. As a result, owners can enjoy a cleaner car with less effort. However, the ceramic coating does not protect against dents and scratches.
Anyone who has ever driven on a busy highway knows that road debris can be a real problem. Rocks, gravel, and even bits of metal can quickly damage the paint on a car, leading to unsightly chips and scratches. PPF is applied to vulnerable areas of the vehicle, such as the hood and fenders. It is very durable and can help to protect against dents, scratches, and chips.
The chemical composition of PPF also allows it to absorb swirls and scratches without showing permanent signs of damage. However, most PPFs don’t have the hydrophobic properties of ceramic coating to protect the gloss and appearance of the paint.
Ultimately, both ceramic coating and PPF have their advantages and disadvantages. Thankfully, car owners can have the best of both worlds by applying both.
Applying Ceramic Pro Coating and Paint Protection Film Together
Ceramic coating and paint protection film are both great solutions for protecting cars. Ceramic pro coatings protect paint and appearance while PPF wards off scratches and other damage.
The good news is that they can work together to provide a solid layer of protection. PPF is especially effective in areas prone to chipping, such as the hood or bumper.
PPF should be applied before ceramic coating to create a barrier against tree sap, UV rays, and other contaminants.
Adding a top layer of ceramic coating around the entire vehicle not only provides the protection mentioned above to the PPF but also lends the hydrophobic qualities of the coating for easier cleaning. Water slides right off when the car is washed while taking dirt and grime with it.
By applying PPF first, you can help extend the life of the ceramic pro coating and keep the car looking its best for longer. Ceramic Pro coating will protect the PPF layer from chemical etching marks and stains and prevent oxidation and fading. Together, these products will keep the car looking its best longer.
Ceramic Pro coating and paint protection film are excellent ways to protect the vehicle. Ceramic Pro is a liquid polymer coating that bonds with and strengthens the paint and provides long-term protection against weathering, staining, and fading.
Paint protection film is a clear urethane wrap that protects the paint from scratches, chips, and stains. Both products have unique benefits but can also be used together for complete paint protection.
To ensure the best protection, apply ceramic Pro and paint protection film simultaneously to offer the best possible protection for the vehicle. The bottom line is that if car owners want to protect their investment and keep the car looking new for as long as possible, applying ceramic coating and paint protection film is the way to go.
At Elite Auto Works we have the knowledge and experience to apply one, or both, of these excellent products to your vehicle. If you want to ensure your cars exterior looks new for years, come visit us!