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Paint Protection Film vs Ceramic Coating

Updated: Mar 29, 2022

Paint Protection Film (PPF)

The paint protection film is a thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) film which can be directly applied to the exterior paint of a vehicle and acts as a sacrificial layer for your cars paint and protects against:

  • Swirl marks

  • Rock Chips

  • Scratches and Scuffs

  • Chemical stains

  • Vandalism

  • Oxidization

The paint protection film is extremely resistant to acidic substances such as bug splatters, road grime, and bird droppings also help, if not eliminate damage caused by rocks to your cars paint. The elastomeric polymer allows the film adapt to the complex shapes of your vehicle and maintain a natural shape after installation. The paint protection film has self-healing topcoat, when the film gets scratches or swirl this allows the film to return to its original form when heat is applied.


Ceramic Coatings

Ceramic coatings are the latest technological advancement to hit the automotive detailing market. If you're on social media regularly then you've definitely seen a sharp increase in ads promoting ceramic products, so what do they do?

  • Anti-Static

  • Stop very minor marring

  • Less Prone to water spots and stains

  • Self-Cleaning

  • Extreme gloss

  • Help keep your car looking new

Despite the wild claims of some manufacturers and installers, a Ceramic Coating does not eliminate the risk of rock chips, scratches, swirl marks, and water spots. That doesn't mean there's no reason to get your car coated, they are particularly great because of the hydrophobic surface they create. This helps reduce how dirty your car is when its time to wash and reduces friction while washing in turn helps you not mar the surface.


So what should you do?

If your goal is to protect and preserve your new cars appearance, a combination of Ceramic Coating and Paint Protection Film may be the best option for you. Almost every car we do here at Lingenfelter Auto Spa get some sort of combination of Paint Protection Film, on all the high impact area, and the Ceramic Coating on the entire car. This allows areas like your front bumper, hood, fenders, side mirrors, rocker panels, and rear wheel arch to get the most protection possible, while still having the entire car to have properties that Ceramic Coating offer.


So if your ready to get your car protected, contact us today to get a quote and schedule an appointment, if you have any other question feel free to call us at (810) 355-2458

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