Welcome to part 2 of our 3 part series comparing paint protection film (PPF) to ceramic coating. Last time we discussed the subject of chemical resistance, but this time we’re going to talk about durability. When we say durability, we’re talking about how well it stands up to the elements, how easy it is to repair damage, and how long it will last.
Paint Protection Film
When it comes to durability, paint protection films are definitely a strong contender. Paint protection films often have self-healing properties, so while they aren’t completely resistant to damage many surface-level scratches will dissipate over time. A PPF is also very good at resisting damage from rock chips. On the other hand, if the PPF suffers major damage it may need to be removed and replaced entirely. This is far from an ideal situation and the PPF definitely loses some points in durability for that.
A ceramic coating is a highly durable option when it comes to protecting your paint. Ceramic coatings boast 9H hardness for superior resistance to minor scratches and are generally easier to repair than paint protection films. In addition, they form a permanent bond with your car’s paint, so they need only be applied once. The longevity and overall hardiness of ceramic coatings are unmatched in the paint protection world.
Is There a Clear Winner?
Paint protection films and ceramic coatings both have their advantages when it comes to durability. So who comes out ahead this time? The self-healing and resistance to rock chips are points in favor of a PPF. With a ceramic coating, you get longer lasting protection, superior resistance to most forms of damage, and greater repairability. Overall, if we had to choose just one, we would have to award this category to the ceramic coating.
That’s all for this time, but keep your eyes peeled for the final post in our 3 part series where we’ll talk about hydrophobicity, which is just a fancy word for how well something repels water.
Ceramic coatings offer unmatched durability, and at Details Matter we are certified installers of both Ceramic Pro and Opti-Coat Pro. Please contact us today to learn more about our paint protection coatings.