Ceramic Coating vs. Paint Protection Film (PPF)
Updated: Sep 6
Automotive paint protection has been around for the past sixty years and has come a long way from the once front-brassiere clad cars of the 20th century. In other words, the black vinyl and fabric covers or “front-end bras” that used to protect the bumper and hoods of cars in the 80s and 90s are no longer slick or in-style. Instead, car owners today that are seeking superior protection for their vehicles will be met with two primary methods: Ceramic Coating and Paint Protection Film (“PPF”).
Depending on the usage of your car, these revolutionary paint protection methods can be used independently to protect your vehicle, or simultaneously for superior protection. They complement each other like PB and jelly. So what do each of these methods bring to the table? And which one should you choose for your vehicle?
In this article, Wetwerks Auto Spa Vancouver breaks down the basics for Ceramic Coatings and Paint Protection Films, just for you. Without further ado, let’s find out!
What is Paint Protection Film?
Paint Protection Film is a durable and flexible transparent sheet made from Thermoplastic Polyurethane that protects your vehicle’s paint against road debris, rock chips, and scratches. Previously known as clear bra, PPF comes with a clear or satin finish acrylic, pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) that secures itself carefully to the vehicle’s clearcoat and protects your vehicle’s paint.
This popular thermoplastic film consists of several microlayers that, when exposed to heat, through sun or a heat gun, reforms itself and protects your car from damages like scratches or scuffs and has the ability to “self heal”. In comparison to Ceramic Coatings, PPF offers superior physical protection as it provides a sacrificial layer against the previously mentioned perils.
Durable and long-lasting, paint protection film like XPEL Ultimate PPF is virtually invisible while providing your car with UV ray protection and acts as a shield from rock chips, and blocking chemical and water damage. PPF, when applied correctly, can last between 5 to 10 years!
Not only can a high-quality PPF extend the life of your vehicle’s original paint, but with options such as XPEL Stealth Satin, you can preserve your beautiful matte finish or give your car a new satin look without damaging the original paint.
What is Ceramic Coating?
Ceramic coating is a transparent, liquid-polymer that uses nanotechnology, in which tiny particles of quartz and ceramic infuse themselves into the clear coat of your vehicle to form a smooth, non-porous layer that enhances shine and prevents contaminants from bonding with the paint.
Premium ceramic coating products like System X have a 9H mineral hardness (1-2 layers), are resistant up to 1000 degrees Fahrenheit, prevents oxidation, and provide resistance against minor abrasions, graffiti, UV damage and hard water or chemical stains. Due to its hydrophobic qualities, ceramic coating diminishes the need for frequent car washes as it allows debris to be washed off the surface easily, thus providing low-maintenance semi-permanent protection for the paint. With window and wheel ceramic coating, System X Ceramic Coatings effortlessly wash away dust and dirt debris on your wheels and brakes as well!
Everyone loves a glossy and shiny exterior, but you can’t forget about the interior! So how do you keep the inside of your car clean and stain-free? Unlike out-dated and traditional conditioners, System X interior ceramic coating helps you maintain that showroom look for years without the stiffness. Ensuring that your interior stays pristine has never been so easy.
System X interior ceramic coating allows you to easily clean both leather and fabric seats. Regular wax and paint sealant only form a single temporary layer of protection, but this state-of-art ceramic coating bonds into your paint, it's versatile and works on all interior surfaces, like your console, dashboard trim, and door panels, to create long-lasting protection.
Ceramic Coatings vs. PPF: Which One Is Right For You?
While both offer protection against UV fading, PPF offers superior physical protection from abrasions, ceramic coatings protect against chemical stains caused by acidic contaminants and help preserve shine. Paint Protection Film prevents rock chips, absorbs scratches, and prevents swirl marks all while having the ability to “self heal” with heat from the sun.
So, what’s the verdict? They should be used in conjunction to maximize protection.
PPF offers an added layer of protection, acting as a barrier between the paint and ceramic coating, it is able to stop the abrasions that ceramic coatings can’t. When a ceramic coating is applied on top of the PPF, it makes the PPF easier to clean due to its hydrophobic nature, it can also increase the longevity of your PPF.
Ceramic coatings, when applied on top of PPF, also increase shine.
Looking For Local Vancouver Ceramic Coating & PPF Services? Wetwerks Vancouver Can Help!
If you’re looking for premium, hassle-free automobile detailing, and protection for your vehicle’s exterior and interior coatings in Vancouver, we’ve got you covered!
Contact Wetwerks Auto Spa Vancouver’s ceramic coating and PPF specialists today to find the right fit for your car! The best option that your car deserves.