While both ceramic coating and paint protection film keeps your vehicle protected and looking top-notch at all times, there are a few key differences between the two that you should be aware of before you make the investment. 

What is ceramic coating?

Ceramic coating is a layer of liquid polymer that coats the exterior of the vehicle to protect it from external paint damage. When applied, it blends with the paint of your car and creates an hydrophobic layer of protection. Ceramic coating is unlike a wax because it bonds with a car’s paint and cannot be wiped off and reapplied easily. 

Benefits of ceramic coating

  • Protection from harmful UV rays
  • Protection from chemical stains
  • Easy to clean
  • Glossy, bright appearance
  • Hydrophobic

What is PPF?

Paint protection film, or PPF, is a thin layer of flexible material that is placed over a vehicle’s body panels to protect them from rocks, debris, UV rays and other possible external damage. When applied professionally, PPF has a seamless look, allowing your vehicle to maintain its “like-new” condition for a longer period of time. 

Benefits of PPF

  • Prevents damage from flying rocks and debris
  • Prevents fading from the sun and harmful UV rays
  • Hydrophobic
  • Also provides protection from acid rain, mineral deposits, bugs, water spots, washing marks and more! 

Ceramic coating vs. PPF: Which one should you choose?

If you are mostly concerned about scratches, chips and other minor dings, the paint protection film will probably be your best bet. While both options protect your car from harsh UV rays and chemical damage, PPF’s properties make it more able to prevent damages to your car. When it comes to aesthetics and longevity, ceramic coating may be favored over PPF. As we mentioned, ceramic coating will improve the appearance of the car, allowing the paint to look more vibrant and shiny. While paint protection film works to preserve the look of your car, providing extra protection, leading to the paint to keep its fresh color for a longer time. 

When deciding between the two, it is a good idea to think about the reasoning as to why you are making the investment. Are you wanting to protect your brand new car or paint job? Or are you wanting to enhance the looks of your car? Either way, you are going to want to find a professional who has experience in the application process. At NiceTintz, our team has over 25 years of experience in the automotive industry and we have applied many PPF’s during that time span. With PPF, we custom cut and install them to fit your specific vehicle and needs. Whether you are wanting to protect your entire vehicle or just your grill, hood, or headlights, PPFs are your go-to.