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Ceramic Coating vs. Paint Protection Film, from the Pros

At ATD, we’re car people. Our specialists understand the relationship between automotive enthusiasts and their vehicles, so we know how much easier it is to enjoy the drive when your ride is protected from damage. 

If you’re debating the pros and cons of ceramic coating and paint protection film, here’s what you need to know about how these services shield your paint job from life’s most common road hazards. 

ppf or ceramic for red sports carWhat’s the Difference Between Ceramic Coating and PPF?

As the name suggests, paint protection film, or PPF, is a very thin sheet of flexible polymers that is applied to your vehicle’s outer surfaces. When properly installed, the film is crystal clear and virtually seamless. 

Ceramic coating, on the other hand, begins as a liquid. When this hydrophobic polymer is applied to your car’s surface, it bonds with the paint to form a shiny coating of nanoglass. 

Benefits of Ceramic Coating

One of the best features of ceramic is that it eliminates the need to wax your vehicle. The glossy outer coating blocks damaging UV rays and prevents dirt and debris from sticking to your paint. Drivers who invest in ceramic coating enjoy an eye-catching automobile that shines up easily with less scrubbing and elbow grease. 

Ceramic coating looks best when it is applied after a thorough paint correction to ensure that any scratches or swirl marks are buffed out of your car’s clear coat.

Benefits of Paint Protection Film

Want to put a barrier between your paint job and loose gravel, highway salt, and door dings? 

PPF covers your car’s exterior in a self-healing layer that absorbs these hazards and reforms a smooth surface. Any damage to the film dissolves seamlessly when you park your vehicle in the sun or wash it with warm water. 

Paint protection film can be installed on your entire vehicle, or on the areas most susceptible to damage, like the doors and bumpers. Drivers can expect properly applied PPF to last an average of 7-10 years. 

How PPF and Ceramic Coating Work Togetherpaint protection film and ceramic coating on blue car

Fortunately, drivers don’t have to choose between PPF and ceramic coating. These two services offer optimal benefits when used together

When ceramic is applied on top of PPF you’ll get maximum protection from:

  • Dings and scratches
  • Tree sap
  • Bird Droppings
  • Bug splatter
  • Road grit
  • UV damage
  • Acid rain
  • Paint damage from vigorous cleaning

Safeguard Your Vehicle’s Resale Value 

Whether or not you plan to sell your vehicle, a pristine paint job plays an important role in your car’s valuation

An up-front investment in paint protection can pay dividends throughout the life of your vehicle. Make an appointment to reduce the threat of common road hazards today so you can enjoy the ride. 


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