What is Ceramic Coating?
Do you often see yourself checking the paint job of your car to ensure it is in good condition? Does even a small scratch, even if it is by your own mistake, distress you? If yes, then we are rowing the same boat. Naturally, you might already be aware of certain products that can help you maintain your car’s appearance. There are two common methods of shielding your car’s paint from undesired marks, nicks, or lines: a paint protection film and ceramic coating. But which one is better?
Which method will give the best results when it comes to protecting your car’s paint job while not compromising on the looks.
What are the major differences between them? Which one is ideal for your car? And what about sun damage and durability? Today, we will attempt to answer these questions for you.
Let’s start with the basics first…
WHAT IS A PAINT PROTECTION FILM?
A paint protection film is a transparent sheet made of urethane that can resist scratches and chips. It acts as a protective film for your car, safeguarding its paint from external damage. It is a thin and flexible material and resembles the plastic screen guard that you install on your touchscreen phone to prevent it from cracking.
Also known as a ‘clear bra’ in the automotive parlance, it can cover the entire metal body of your car and act as a shield from any type of damage such as:
- Hairline scratches caused by regular washing (when done without a microfiber cloth)
- Chemical stains or marks caused by roadside contaminants
- Water spots due to extreme weather conditions
- Ultraviolet (UV) rays and oxidation
The risk increases if you tend to park your car in an open area (by the curbside, for instance). Installing the best paint protection film can help in such cases.
So, if a clear bra can protect your vehicle’s paint from most type of external damage, what more can ceramic coating do? Let’s find out…
WHAT IS CERAMIC COATING?
Ceramic coating is a type of liquid that is applied directly like car wax or varnish. It is a chemical solution that blends with your car’s paint to create a protective layer. This new layer is water-resistant, which makes it an excellent method to prevent rusting of your car’s body.
The ceramic coating also has the same protective characteristics as a paint protection film. Potions of the coating are applied directly on the surface, which can take a few hours to mix with the paint and gel onto the metal body permanently.
Since the ceramic coating is like another paint job for your car, it is easier to wash and clean the surface after application. It can also protect your car from acidic contaminants and sun damage.
If you work in a factory (in the Houston Texas Old Industrial area, for instance), then the risk of your car coming in contact with polluted air is much higher. Getting it coated with a nanoceramic solution will extend the lifespan of your car’s paint job as well as the body.
But the question about who wins still remains…
KEY DIFFERENCES BETWEEN A PAINT PROTECTION FILM AND CERAMIC COATING
Although both the methods are equally popular for protection against paint damages, there are a few differences between them. Apart from the looks, they also serve slightly different purposes when it comes to personal cars. Here’s a brief comparison between them.
Because of the paint protection film’s self-healing characteristics, an abrasion or scratch on the film’s surface will only stay for a short period of time. After some time, it will come back to its original spotless state. Its chemical properties allow the film to absorb chips and swirl marks easily without damaging itself.
Now, visualize this with your touchscreen phone. (Unfortunately, phones are not cars. Even in a different context.)
The opposite is true for even the best ceramic coating you can get. Gaps in coating concentration can leave room for scratches and hard spots to appear on the surface. This mostly defeats the purpose, which is why it is important to hire a professional auto detailing company, like Vive, while opting for ceramic coating.
Nonetheless, as mentioned above, ceramic coating’s anti-rusting properties can perform well in the humid climates of Houston, Texas. While water-resistant clear coats (aka hydrophobic layers) are separately available in the market, nanoceramic coating tends to provide the best protection when water is the enemy.
Driving a ceramic-coated car in the rainy month of June will never be more trouble-free. But, what if your focus is not just on rusting? What about the harmful effects of UV rays? How about a complete protection?
THE BEST SOLUTION IS ALWAYS THE EASIEST
If you have not already guessed it, then let us come out and spill the beans. The best way to protect your car from scratches and marks is to get a hybrid coat of both a paint protection film and ceramic coating.
The only requirement for its success is that it must be carried out by skilled professionals. Here’s how the perfection is achieved:
Since a clear bra can fight scratches and rock chips better, it is installed first. Only those parts that are prone to such damage are targeted: parts such as the front and rear bumpers, fenders, rocker panels, side mirrors, wheel arches, and door edges. Once this is done, the whole body is covered with the best ceramic coating material.
This provides a two-fold advantage: the coating blends with the original paint as well as the chemical composition of the paint protection film. This gives your car the best protection it can get. You can ensure that the paint job has an extra layer above it, protecting it from everything from water stains to scratches to swirl marks.
And if you are wondering which one looks better, ceramic coating has an upper edge as it gives a glossier finish to your car. When you apply both of them, heads are definitely going to turn.
(Like matte finish on your car? Let’s not even go there.)
Even if your main aim is to protect your car’s surface from rusting, we recommend going with the hybrid solution. It provides a blanket protection from all types of damages, whether it is from roadside rocks hitting on your car or the punishing rains.
If you are in the Houston area, getting protection for your car is easier. Just get in touch with us and we will take care of your auto detailing needs. Click here to request an appointment today.
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