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Paint Protection Film or Ceramic Coating - which is right for you?

Screen Shot 2019-08-13 at 12.50.21 22, 2019)--When comparing the different options available for the best paint protection for your vehicle, you want to make the most practical and reliable investment. It’s also important to understand that the term ‘Paint Protection’ is a very broad statement, which covers a number of technologies. The two main choices available for anybody looking to protect their vehicle’s paint are paint protection film and chemical or ceramic coatings – both are formidable options, and both also have their pros and cons, as with every product.

Below is an insight into both options to help you decide which is best for you.

Paint Protection Film

If you are serious about protecting the aesthetics of your car, PPF (Paint Protection Film) should seriously be considered as your number one choice. PPF provides a high gloss transparent, polyurethane coating which can be applied to the exterior of your vehicle. Through the use of PPF, your car’s paintwork is protected from the risk of minor damage, such as stone chips, scratches, and even fading from UV exposure.

Other benefits of PPF include significant protection from acid rain, bird droppings and  chemicals. The fantastic thing about some paint protection films is that the material can literally heal itself from minor scratches and abrasions, they can also have excellent hydrophobic capabilities allowing dirt and debris to easily wash away.

In terms of preserving your investment, PPF will ensure that your car maintains its value, protects the OEM paint and helps with ease of cleaning. It also ensures your vehicle continually looks sleek and shiny (as it should!).

However, using PPF means that in the event of serious damage, the film would need to be removed and then replaced, which is a lot cheaper than having to repaint a panel. Most paint protection films are designed to provide protection from 5-10 years depending on the exposure and use. When installed by a professional the finished result can be hard to determine from the original paint, allowing for seamless integration. The benefits of paint protection film make it an aftermarket investment highly worth considering for your vehicle.

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Chemical or Ceramic Coating

Chemical or ceramic coating is very different to PPF, it offers a liquid coating. This liquid is applied to the exterior of your vehicle and chemically bonds with the paintwork. This bonding, therefore, provides a sheet of hydrophobic protection. Ceramic coating is great for defence against chemical stains, chemical marks and allows for easy cleaning.

Other benefits of ceramic coating include its water repellent or hydrophobic nature, its easy repairability and that fact that it is a semi permanent fixture, and only needs to be replaced after 1-2 years.

However, ceramic coating is not capable of protecting against stone chips, and it in most cases should be installed by a professional for the best results. Ceramic coating can be slightly cheaper than PPF, but both are high-quality options and therefore both require a decent level of investment.

In Summary

Both PPF and ceramic coating enables your car to look newer for longer and provide very different levels of adequate protection. The correct choice depends on how much protection you want for your vehicle. PPF may be more expensive, but with good reason; PPF protects against higher cases of damage, such as stone chips, whereas ceramic coating does not, and PPF is thicker and can have the ability to heal itself. Logically, if you’re looking to protect your vehicle, it’s better to choose the option which gives the best benefits; therefore, PPF.

In comparison, ceramic coating’s main benefit is its ability to repel and offer defence against water and minor stains, so it would wholly depend if you’re more concerned with stone damage or water damage.

Whatever choice you make, rest assured that you will be adding value to your vehicle.