The Ultimate Guide to Ceramic Coating & Paint Protection Film for Sparkling Clean, Head-Turning Cars
Lucky (not his real name) is very fond of all his cars. However, his Mercedes is his favorite. He so lovingly got it cleaned every single day. And.. before he could realize it, his car’s paint had spiral marks all over. Sounds familiar? If yes, this guide is just for you.
When Lucky came to us, he had all these questions. We have answered them here so that all those who love their cars and want to keep them looking brand new for a longer duration can make informed decisions.
While many different wax and sealants are applied to the cars, they last up to a few days. However, the ceramic coating and paint protection films (PPF) last for years.
What is Ceramic Coating?
Ceramic coating is a type of car paint protection that helps protect your vehicle from the elements that can damage its paint and looks. It is a transparent liquid polymer applied to the car’s exterior, protecting it from UV damage, dirt, dust, and other contaminants.
While the ceramic coating resists scratches, fading, and oxidation. As a result, your car looks new for years. Ceramic coating lasts way longer than wax (5+ years) and is generally a little more expensive than regular car wax.
Benefits of Ceramic Coating for Your Cars
Ceramic car coating is becoming increasingly popular among car owners as it offers a
range of benefits that make it an attractive option.
The ceramic coating
- provides robust protection from scratches, dirt, and other environmental damage.
- helps reduce the need for frequent waxing and polishing, saving you time and money in the long run.
- provides superior shine and gloss that lasts longer than traditional waxing or polishing methods.
- protect against UV rays, acid rain, saltwater damage, bird droppings, tree sap, and more.
- makes cleaning and maintaining the car much easier and faster.
It also helps preserve the car’s resale value by protecting its paint from fading or discoloration. Furthermore, it is an excellent choice for anyone looking to maintain their vehicle’s appearance over time.
What is Paint Protection Film?
Paint Protection Film (PPF) is another unique way of protecting your car’s paint and from other harm that time naturally brings. PPF is a transparent film applied to the exterior colour of cars to protect them from scratches, chips, and different types of damage.
The film is made of thermoplastic urethane and is designed to absorb the impact of debris and other hazards while still allowing the paint to shine through. PPF is exceptionally durable and can protect your car’s paint for 5 to 10 years. It can also be easily removed if you want to change the look of your vehicle or switch to a different colour.
Benefits of Paint Protection Films for Your Car
Paint Protection Films (PPF) offer a range of benefits for cars. They protect from
the elements and against scratches, chips, and other damage that can occur over
time due to environmental damage. In addition, PPF can also help maintain a
car’s value by keeping its paint in pristine condition. Here are the top 5
benefits of using PPF on cars:
- When the weather takes a turn for the worse, paint protection films will help protect your car’s surface from getting scratched.
- Paint protection films are a comparatively inexpensive option that can keep the cars can become scratched or damaged by chips or cracks.
- When you drive a lot on highways or roads with small little stones, the vehicles passing by hurt your car’s paint. PPF is the best option that protects the car’s paint against such chips and little rocks.
- PPFs are typically removable and reusable. While they are transparent in nature, they do come in other colours. So, if you want to protect the colour of your car, you can go with a clear PPF. However, if you want a different shade of the colour so that your car stands out, or if you want a different colour altogether, PPF can help you do so relatively cost-effectively.
- Your car’s paint is susceptible to environmental damage. Paint protection films will help protect your vehicle from such damage for longer. The best thing about paint protection films is their removable and reusable. You can always switch back to the original protective film if needed in case of emergency repairs or touch-ups.
When NOT to Apply the Ceramic Coating and When NOT to Apply PPF?
- If you plan to keep your car for less than a year, waxing and sealants are the right choice. Ceramic coating and PPF should be considered if you plan to keep the car for two or more years.
- If your budget is low, in that case, you can get a quote for PPF and see if it works for you.
- Your car has dents, and if you believe that Ceramic coat or PPF will remove the dents, they will not. The dents must be removed first, and only then the service providers can apply the chosen protective layers.
- You do not want a great resale value.
- You do not care about your car’s looks or the environmental damages that can make it old sooner.
Different Types of Car Detailing Packages Involving Ceramic Coating & Paint Protection Films – The Hybrid Model
The different types of protection available include
|Lasts for 2 to 7 days
|Makes car shine
|Available in various cost ranges but is cheaper than Ceramic Coating
|Lasts 2 weeks to 4 Weeks
|May or may not make car shine
|Is a bit expensive
|Lasts for 5+ years
|Makes car glow
|Comes in various cost ranges but is not too expensive
|Lasts for 5+ years
|Makes car glow and gives it an elegant glossy
|Hybrid Coat (Ceramic + PPF)
|Is a bit expensive
|Lasts for 7+ years
|Gives car the best protection and keeps it looking great for years
Final Tips for Applying a Ceramic Coating or Paint Protection Film to Your Vehicle
If you genuinely care for your car and want to keep it looking like it is fresh out of the showroom, you must get it the hybrid coat off Ceramic coat + PPF. Just like you care to get your clothes ironed to keep you looking sharp, these coats will keep your car looking sharp for years. Though it is a one-time investment, it lasts for years and saves you money on the recurring cost of applying wax.
Who Should Do This?
Whenever you decide to get a ceramic coat or PPF protection for your car, get in touch with a professional detailer or car dealership to apply ceramic coatings to your car. These professionals have the equipment and knowledge to use the layer and ensure it is appropriately done. Additionally, they may offer warranties or guarantees on the coating. It is not recommended for a non-professional to attempt to apply a ceramic coating. It can be challenging to get the desired results and may void any warranties on the layer.
Why Choose Us?
We specialize in Ceramic coating and PPF coating for high-end cars. Not only do we have experience and expertise, we truly, deeply love to care for cars. Cars are our passion. It makes us happy when we can give you your sparkling clean car and make the admirers turn their heads to glimpse it just one more time.
If you are ready to keep your lovely car safe and looking great for years to come, we are here for you. Request a quote right away and experience the joy of owning a car that will stay young for a long-long time.