Ceramic Coating vs Paint Protection Film

We often hear people reference ceramic coating as having the same purpose and benefits as paint protection film. Although the two have similarities, they are not the same, and the purpose for each is different. When it comes to choosing one or the other, or even both for your vehicle it is important to understand the purpose and benefits of each product so the results are on par with what you want from the service. 

What is the difference between Ceramic Coating and Paint Protection Film?

Purchasing a new (or even used, but new for you), vehicle is something that many of us do. Making such an investment is no small affair, so it is only natural that you would want to protect it and maintain its value over an extended period of time. Both paint protection film and ceramic coating help you protect your vehicles paint from being damaged and collecting swirls on the paints surface and other scratches. Both will also help protect against, corrosion and fading. Let’s take a look at XPEL’s Paint Protection Film and FUSION PLUS Ceramic Coating

Clear Bra Application on Mercedes XPEL Boise

1st Up is Paint Protection Film

Paint Protection Film is just what it says it is, it is a film. At XPEL, we use something called DAP, which stands for Design Access Program. Developed in-house, DAP is the world’s most comprehensive pattern repository to accurately size and cut the film that we then install onto your vehicle. We use a special adhesive to then apply and bond the film to your vehicle’s paint. But don’t worry, it is strong and guaranteed to never bubble, peel or crack, but neither our film or the adhesive is harmful to your original paint or finish. 

Once applied, all XPEL Paint Protection Films are self-healing, meaning that scratches, and swirls that would normally be looked upon with irritation and frustration will simply disappear with the heat of the sun, a heat gun if you are inclined to use one, and even hot water. Both ULTIMATE PLUS and STEALTH Protective Films are impact resistant, and as long as a scratch does not go completely through the film, the film will heals and look as good as new so you can maintain a pristine appearance to your vehicles paint.

XPEL Films are non-yellowing, and are guaranteed to not peel, bubble or crack, and unlike other clear car bra films on the market, our films maintain exceptional clarity, and are virtually undetectable due to our detailed processes before, during and after installation.

Now let's talk about Ceramic Coating

Ceramic Coating is not self-healing but does improved scratch resistance, and because it was formulated to work with your paint protection film, you can have the best of both worlds when they are combined.

XPEL FUSION PLUS Ceramic Coating is an ultra glossy protectant against swirls, scratches, fading, and corrosion from exposure to pollutants. The nanoparticle ceramic coating forms a bond with your vehicle’s paint surface, filling in any microscopic pores that may be present on the car. The coating is applied as a liquid and transforms into a hard ‘sacrificial’ layer of protection that will not wash away when it rains or when you go through a car wash. Unlike wax, which must me applied over and over again to maintain a glossy shine, one application of ceramic coating can last up to 4 years or longer depending on how you care for it.

Ceramic Coating for car paint

FUSION PLUS Ceramic Coating is a hydrophobic which means that water will quickly bead and roll off the vehicle without leaving water spots. The slick surface makes it hard for dirt, pollen and other contaminants to stick to your vehicle, keeping your car clean for longer, so you don’t have to visit the car wash as often, and when you do go- the task of washing your vehicle is simple and pain free.

To learn more about the benefits of ceramic coating or paint protection film, please do not hesitate to give us a call. We are happy to share our knowledge with you to help you make the best decision when picking the right products for your vehicle. Check out our previous blog where we take a deeper dive into how paint protection works.


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