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Paint Protection Film or Ceramic Coatings?

PPF vs Ceramic Coating: Which is Best for You?

You’ve made a significant investment in your new car, and now it’s time to ensure that your vehicle’s paint stays in pristine condition for the long term. Two popular options for protecting your car’s paint are Ceramic Coating and Paint Protection Film (PPF). In this guide, we’ll help you understand the choice of ceramic coating vs PPF, discuss the potential of doing both and assist you in making the right choice for your new car.

Why Paint Protection Matters

New car owners often underestimate the amount of damage their vehicle’s paint could face. From road debris and rock chips to bird droppings and chemical stains, your car’s paint job can be subjected to numerous threats. Protecting your car isn’t just about aesthetics; it’s about preserving its value.

Exploring Ceramic Coating

Ceramic coating is a liquid polymer applied to your vehicle’s paint. When it cures, it forms a transparent protective layer. Here’s why it’s a popular choice:

  • Enhanced Gloss and Shine: A high-quality ceramic coating and paint correction can give your car an unmatched glossy finish.
  • Repels Water: Most ceramic coating products are hydrophobic, meaning they repel water. This means that your car will generally stay much cleaner and when it comes time to wash, you’ll have an easier time doing so. 
  • UV and Chemical Resistance: Applying a ceramic coating can protect your vehicle paint from harmful UV rays and chemical stains.

Limitations of Ceramic Coating:

  • Little protection from physical damage: Ceramic coatings won’t protect against rock chips and road debris as effectively as PPF.
Applying ceramic coating onto Tesla Model X

Understanding Paint Protection Film (PPF)

Paint Protection Film, often referred to as PPF or clear bra, is a thick, clear, and durable polyurethane film applied to your car’s painted surfaces. Here’s why it’s a top choice:

  • Physical Impact Resistance: PPF is excellent at preventing rock chips, road debris damage, and minor abrasions. It acts as a sacrificial layer so that when something small hits your vehicle, the PPF absorbs it and your paint stays perfect.
  • Self-Healing Properties: It can heal minor scratches and swirl marks when exposed to heat or sunlight.
  • Comprehensive Coverage: PPF can protect as much or as little of your vehicle as you want. Whether you just want the high-impact areas like your bumper and hood protected or if you’ve decided every painted surface shielded from the elements, PPF has you covered.
  • Aesthetics: Regular PPF is a completely clear film, allowing your paint to show through as if there was nothing there. If you’re looking to transform your vehicle, consider Stealth PPF. This film has a satin finish which is perfect if your vehicle has frosted paint from the factory. Even if your car has gloss paint, Stealth PPF can transform the whole look of your vehicle to a sleek satin finish. 

Limitations of PPF:

None! There are no clear downsides to having PPF installed on your vehicle. 

Installing PPF on a Rivian R1S

Which is right for you?

Making the decision of Ceramic Coating vs. PPF depends on your specific needs and preferences. Here are some factors to consider:

  • Desired Level of Protection: If comprehensive protection against physical impact is what you’re after, PPF is the better choice. If you prioritize the glossy finish and ease of cleaning, ceramic coating might be your go-to option.
  • Long-Term vs. Short-Term Goals: If you plan to keep your car for a long time and want the most durable protection, PPF is your best bet. If you’re looking for a less permanent solution that can be reapplied as needed, ceramic coatings fit the bill.

Why Choose One When You Can Do Both?

For most of this article, we have been comparing these two protection solutions but an important thing to remember is that they’re not mutually exclusive. There is absolutely no reason you can’t apply both services to your vehicle. In fact, we recommend it! By combining two extremely effective ways of protecting your car, you will get unmatched levels of protection from most of what the road will throw at you. 

Audi RS6 Finished with PPF and Ceramic Coating


In the discussion of Ceramic Coating vs. PPF, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. Your choice depends on your budget, priorities, and long-term goals. Both options, especially when combined, provide excellent protection for your vehicle’s paint, and either way, you’re taking a proactive step to protect your investment and keep your car looking its best. So, take your time, weigh your options, and decide which solution or solutions is best for you and your new car.

Still have unanswered questions? Give us a call at (720) 662-8520 or email at Our experts are more than happy to answer any questions and to schedule your free quote! 

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