Ceramic coatings are the next step in the evolution of paint protection. They bond to the surface of the paint, creating a permanent layer of protection. Ceramic coatings offer substantially more scratch resistance, chemical resistance, UV protection and heat tolerance than wax or polymer sealants. Environmental damage and scratches are unable to penetrate the coating, leaving the paint in pristine condition. A professional ceramic coating typically only needs to be installed once during the average lifetime of vehicle ownership, making it a cost-effective option that offers supreme protection.
To help you understand the differences between PPF and ceramic coatings, we’ve listed their pros and cons below.
Paint Protection FilmPROS
- Better resistance to rock chip damage.
- Some have limited self-healing properties (since it is essentially TPU ((thermoplastic polyurethane)), or similar film).
- Prevents most scratches from reaching the paint (though the film will get scratched).
- Slightly minimizes shine.
- Is not very hydrophobic, so little water beading and sheeting.
- Can discolor over time and turn a yellowish hue.
- Major damage cannot be repaired, so the film would need to be removed and replaced.
- Will need to be replaced eventually.
- Can damage paint underneath if removed
- Difficult to install properly.
- More expensive than ceramic coatings.
- 9H hardness, so better resistance to minor scratches.
- Greatly enhanced chemical resistance (professional coatings).
- Super hydrophobic, excellent water beading/sheeting.
- Easier cleaning.
- Increased shine/luster.
- Greater repairability (can be polished to fix minor damage).
- Permanent, no need to remove and reinstall (pro coatings only).
- Will not stop rock chips.
- Can look bad if installed improperly.
- Expensive, though less expensive than PPF.
We also recommend that if you install PPF on the entire vehicle it would be advantageous to install a ceramic coating over top for the slickness, hydrophobicity, and ease of cleaning.