What’s the Best Ceramic Coating for Cars?

At American Wrap Co., we understand that choosing the right ceramic coating for your vehicle is a personal decision, much like selecting your favorite color. That’s why we’re here to guide you through this process. Our top recommendation? XPEL FUSION PLUS. Renowned for its exceptional blend of durability, aesthetic appeal, and overall protection, XPEL FUSION PLUS stands out as the ideal choice for car enthusiasts seeking the best for their vehicles. Join us as we delve into the crucial factors that make a ceramic coating right for you, and discover why XPEL FUSION PLUS is our preferred choice.

3 Key Factors to Consider

1. Durability and Longevity

When selecting a ceramic coating, one of the most crucial factors to consider is its durability and longevity. This aspect is closely tied to your personal car care habits. If you’re someone who enjoys frequent detailing and doesn’t mind reapplying coatings periodically, you might opt for a product that offers a striking finish but with less emphasis on long-term durability. Conversely, if you prefer a ‘set it and forget it’ approach, a coating that promises years of protection without the need for regular maintenance would be more suitable. It’s about balancing the desire for long-lasting protection with the effort you’re willing to put into maintaining your car’s appearance.


XPEL FUSION PLUS distinguishes itself with its remarkable durability. It’s not just about surface protection; it’s about sustaining that new-car shine and shield over the years. With a 4-year warranty, this coating reassures us and our customers of its long-term resilience and efficacy. This makes XPEL FUSION PLUS ideal for those who seek a long-lasting solution, reducing the need for frequent reapplications and maintaining the vehicle’s pristine appearance for prolonged periods.

2. Appearance Preferences

Ceramic coatings also vary significantly in the finish they provide. Some coatings are designed to give your car a hard, candy-like gloss, often characterized by a reflective, mirror-like sheen. This type of finish is typically preferred by those looking to enhance the sharpness and clarity of their vehicle’s paint. On the other hand, some coatings offer a deeper, warmer wax-like glow. This finish is less about intense reflection and more about depth and richness, giving the paint a luxurious, enveloping feel. Your preference here will largely depend on the aesthetic you want to achieve for your vehicle.


XPEL FUSION PLUS strikes a perfect balance in finish, offering both a glossy sheen that enhances your car’s sharpness and a rich depth that adds a luxurious feel. This versatility makes it suitable for a wide range of aesthetic tastes.

3. Ease of Application

For DIY enthusiasts, the ease of application is a vital consideration. Some ceramic coatings are designed for easy, at-home application, allowing car owners to apply the coating themselves without specialized equipment or professional assistance. These products are often more forgiving during the application process and require less precision, making them ideal for those who are new to ceramic coatings. However, more advanced coatings might offer superior protection or finish but can be challenging to apply evenly and might require professional installation. If you’re planning to apply the coating yourself, it’s important to choose a product that aligns with your skill level and comfort with the application process.


Choosing professional installation of XPEL FUSION PLUS comes with the added benefit of a warranty. This warranty serves as an assurance of the quality of both the product and the installation, offering peace of mind that your investment is protected.

External Influences on Your Choice

Climate Considerations

The performance of ceramic coatings can be significantly influenced by your local climate. In dry, arid regions, a coating that excels in UV protection and resistance to dust and sand abrasion might be ideal. Such coatings often provide a robust barrier against the intense sun and minimize paint damage from small particles commonly found in dry climates.

On the other hand, in wetter climates with frequent rain or snow, you might prioritize a coating known for its hydrophobic properties. These coatings excel in repelling water, aiding in the prevention of water spots and the accumulation of road salts and grime that are more prevalent in such environments. The right ceramic coating can significantly ease maintenance in these conditions by ensuring that contaminants are less likely to stick to the vehicle’s surface.


Regardless of your locale, XPEL FUSION PLUS adapts seamlessly. In sunny areas, like us in Thousand Oaks, it offers robust UV protection, while its excellent hydrophobic properties make it a strong contender in wetter climates, ensuring your car stays protected and easier to maintain.

Budget and Car Usage

Your budget and the way you use your car also play pivotal roles in selecting the right ceramic coating. For a daily driver, durability and ease of maintenance might be top priorities. You might look for a cost-effective coating that offers good protection and longevity without the need for frequent reapplications. Such a choice ensures that your car stays protected against daily wear and tear while keeping maintenance costs and efforts reasonable.

In contrast, if you have a hobby or collector car that is used less frequently, you may choose to invest in a higher-end coating. These coatings often provide a superior finish and enhanced protection, which is ideal for vehicles that are showcased or driven occasionally. While these coatings might come at a higher price point, they offer the level of care and protection that a prized vehicle deserves.


XPEL FUSION PLUS is an investment in your vehicle’s longevity and beauty. Whether your car is a daily driver exposed to various elements or a collector’s gem, this coating provides enduring value.

Other Factors to Consider

Water Behavior: Beading vs. Sheeting

One of the key factors in selecting a ceramic coating is understanding the different water behaviors, specifically beading and sheeting.

  • Beading: This is where water forms tight, round droplets on the surface of the car. Coatings that exhibit strong beading are often preferred for their aesthetic appeal – the beads can create a pleasing pattern on the surface, and their formation often indicates a strong hydrophobic effect. Beading also helps in minimizing water contact with the surface, which can be beneficial in reducing water spot formation.
  • Sheeting: In contrast, sheeting occurs when water spreads out and slides off the surface in a uniform layer. This behavior is particularly beneficial for self-cleaning purposes. Sheeting helps in removing dirt and contaminants more effectively, as water glides over the surface and carries away impurities. Coatings with good sheeting properties can significantly reduce the need for frequent washes, maintaining the vehicle’s cleanliness for longer periods.


We know some of our clients prefer the beading effect for its aesthetic and protective qualities. XPEL FUSION PLUS excels in this area, offering impressive water-beading that not only looks good, but also contributes to the coating’s self-cleaning capability.

Self-Cleaning Characteristics

Some ceramic coatings come with advanced self-cleaning properties. These coatings make the surface of your car not only hydrophobic but also oleophobic, meaning they repel both water and oil-based substances. This feature helps in keeping the car cleaner as dirt, grime, and other contaminants find it difficult to adhere to the surface.

  • Advantages of Self-Cleaning Coatings: The most significant benefit is the reduction in the frequency of car washes. These coatings break down and rinse away surface contaminants more easily, meaning less effort and time is required to keep your vehicle clean. Moreover, for those living in areas prone to heavy pollution or where cars are regularly exposed to the elements, a self-cleaning coating can be a real time-saver.
  • Maintenance: While no coating is completely maintenance-free, those with self-cleaning properties significantly lower the effort needed to maintain the vehicle’s appearance. Regular light washes are often enough to keep the vehicle looking pristine.


For those living in urban or polluted environments, or for those who prefer less frequent washes, the self-cleaning properties of XPEL FUSION PLUS are a significant benefit. It effectively repels contaminants, reducing the need for regular washing and maintaining the vehicle’s appearance with minimal effort.

Discover the Unparalleled Excellence of XPEL FUSION PLUS

The choice of the best ceramic coating is indeed as personal as selecting your favorite color. Yet, with XPEL FUSION PLUS, we believe we have found a solution that meets a wide array of needs, ensuring satisfaction in both protection and aesthetics. We invite you to experience the difference with XPEL FUSION PLUS, a choice that embodies quality, durability, and unmatched excellence in vehicle care.

To learn more and see how XPEL FUSION PLUS can transform your vehicle, contact us at American Wrap Co. today.

Tyler O'Hara