A common question we hear from many of our customers is if they should get ceramic coating over paint protection film (PPF). While paint protection film will protect your vehicle’s paint from scratches and dents, it might not be able stand up to other damages all on its own.
That’s where ceramic coating can help. PPF and ceramic coating work cohesively together to protect your car from bug guts, bird poop, watermarks, and more.
But that’s just the start. Here’s why we recommend always having ceramic coating installed over your PPF coating.
Ceramic Coating vs. PPF
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of having ceramic coating applied over your paint protection film, it’s important that you understand the difference between these two materials.
Paint protection film, also known as a clear bra, was originally developed by the military to protect their vehicles. And these aren’t just sedans or SUVs. We’re talking about tanks and helicopters!
PPF will protect your car’s painted surface from scratches, dust, and small dings from flying rocks and debris. At its most basic level, PPF is a clear film that flawlessly adheres to your vehicle’s exterior to protect it for up to seven years.
Ceramic coating, on the other hand, is a chemical polymer solution that creates a hydrophobic (water-repelling) layer of protection.
Benefits of Ceramic Coating Over Matte PPF
Applying ceramic coating over matte PPF can offer several advantages that further enhance the protection and appearance of the vehicle. Here are some benefits of using ceramic coating in conjunction with matte PPF:
Matte paint finishes are known for their unique appearance, but they can be more susceptible to damage compared to glossy finishes. Applying ceramic coating over matte PPF provides an additional layer of protection, making the paintwork more durable. Ceramic coatings are designed to resist scratches, swirl marks, and minor abrasions, helping to preserve the matte finish for a longer period.
Matte finishes can be particularly challenging to maintain, as they tend to show water spots and stains more easily. Ceramic coatings create a hydrophobic surface, meaning water and contaminants bead up and slide off the surface, reducing the chances of water spots and stains. This property makes cleaning and maintaining a matte-finished vehicle much easier.
Matte paint finishes are prone to fading and discoloration when exposed to prolonged sunlight. UV rays can cause the paint to become dull and lose its original matte appearance. Ceramic coatings offer excellent UV protection, acting as a barrier against harmful sun rays and minimizing the risk of color fading or changes to the matte finish. By applying ceramic coating over matte PPF, you can extend the lifespan and vibrancy of the paintwork.
Matte finishes are appreciated for their unique and sleek appearance. However, they can sometimes lack the deep gloss and luster that glossy finishes offer. By applying ceramic coating over matte PPF, you can add a subtle gloss and depth to the finish without compromising the desired matte look. This enhancement in aesthetics can make your vehicle stand out and look even more stunning.
Better Together: PPF and Ceramic Coating
Paint protection film and ceramic coating work together to protect your car’s surface from all types of damaging outdoor elements.
First and foremost, applying ceramic coating overtop of PPF offers better protection from the sun. UV rays can cause paint protection film to slowly degrade overtime. This can cause cracking, yellowing, and peeling. By applying ceramic coating over your paint protection film, you can prolong its lifespan.
UV rays aren’t the only things that ceramic coating will protect PPF from. Sticky contaminants, like tree sap and road tar, are PPF’s worst enemies. Some manufacturers might recommend using harsh chemicals, such as acetone, to clean your PPF, but doing so can corrode the film. A ceramic coating will protect your paint protection film from stubborn contaminants.
It will also make your PPF easier to clean! That’s because ceramic coating is naturally water repellant. When you wash your car, the water is pushed off, taking gunk and grime with it.
Adding ceramic coating to your PPF does more than keep it protected. It also adds a gorgeous glossy glow to your ride. PPF cannot achieve this unique look alone.
Install Ceramic Coating Over PPF On Your Car Today
If you want to preserve your car’s paint for years to come, consider getting ceramic coating and PPF installed by American Wrap Company’s team of award-winning professionals. We’re passionate about auto detailing and always go the extra mile to make your car look flawless. With over 12 years of experience, you can expect only the best from our technicians.
To learn more, call us today at (661) 878-5587. Our quality services will keep your car looking like it just rolled off the showroom floor!
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