Paint Protection Film Vs Ceramic Coating– Decide What’s Best For You

An auto enthusiast is always eager to add value to his/her vehicle. Irrespective of the make of the car, they will do whatever it takes to maintain the newer look of the vehicle. And they also understand that keeping their vehicle protected is equally essential. However, wear and tear of the vehicle’s shine is inevitable as it gets older. There are multiple reasons why this would happen, such as the weather conditions you are driving in, the amount of driving you to do, your vehicle cleaning/washing habits, the level of pollutants and contaminants in your area, etc.

What is that one thing that can be done to keep the shine of the car without compromising on the protection? The answer to this is, ‘protect the paint as much as you can.’ You ask any auto detailer, and they will explain to you why paint protection is essential. The two most common paint protection procedures that you would come across are applying a Paint Protection Film or Ceramic Coating.

Paint Protection Film or Ceramic Coating – Choose Your Pick

People are often confused and unable to decide whether they should opt for Paint Protection Flim or Ceramic Coating. It would not be a difficult task to choose between the two (or even both) if you are aware of the benefits of these procedures. Refer to our blogs on these topics.

Nevertheless, to make it easier for you, we have tried to explain here the difference between the two. You can consider this as a quick reference point that will help you decide what suits you best.


The Make

PPF is made up of Thermoplastic Polyurethane This makes PPF strong and highly abrasion, radiation, and oil resistant. It has high elasticity, can be easily coloured. CERAMIC COAT Ceramic Coating is made of Silicon Dioxide is a component that enhances the shine of the surface it is used on. This is the very reason why auto-detailers highly recommend ceramic coating.


The transparent film with adhesive. It is a layer that is pasted over your car paint with the help of adhesive.   Liquid applied with Applicator Pad. It is a liquid which is applied on the car’s surface and for best results it is applied using an applicator pad


Stuck to the paint As explained above, it is like a sheet that is pasted on top of the car paint to protect it.
Applied on paint Unlike the PPF, it is a liquid that is evenly applied over the paint.

Level of Protection

It provides a high level of protection. The protection from scratches and stone chips is high as compared to Ceramic Coating. The level of protection is low   The protection from scratches and stone chips is low as compared to PPF.


Aesthetic appeal is moderate   The primary function of PPF is to provide protection to the paint. So expect a moderate level of aesthetic appeal once PPF is applied. Aesthetic appeal is high   The main purpose of Ceramic Coating is to add shine to your car’s appearance. So expect a newer looking car once it is done.

Hydrophobic Effect

May or may not have hydrophobic effect You can expect a basic level of the hydrophobic effect. It can vary as per the category of PPF used. Hydrophobic in nature   Ceramic coatings are highly hydrophobic. Once applied, they do not let water stay on the surface.

Impact on Paint

Forms a protective film on paint. It is like a film on the windows. Protects the car paint from UV rays, rock chips and other particles that can damage the paint. Forms Nano bonds with paint and adds to paint thickness. It gets absorbed in the paint and provides additional thickness to it. This helps in giving a certain level of protection to the paint along with extra shine.


150+ μm The thickness of PPF can be 150 microns or more. 0.5 μm – 5 μm   The thickness of Ceramic Coating can vary between 0.5 microns to 5 microns


Price is high   Application of PPF is a tough task as the film has to be cut and pasted according to the shape and design of the portion on which it is being applied to. Price is low to moderate   Cost of applying Ceramic Coating is low as its application is not as tedious as PPF’s. It is a liquid that is evenly applied to the paint using an applicator pad.


Durability is high PPF has a long life as compared to Ceramic Coating. Durability is moderate The life of Ceramic Coating is less than PPF.

Applied On

Can be applied on paint only PPFs are specifically made to protect the car’s paint only. Can be applied to other components Ceramic Coating can be done on other components like plastics, wheels, glass, seats, Cabrio roof, metal, etc.


Maintenance is negligible   Once applied, PPF does not require much care. Maintenance is required   Ceramic Coating, once done, require maintenance as you need to be careful how you are washing/cleaning thereafter.

Gloss Effect

Gloss is moderate to high The glossy look again depends on the category of PPF been used. Gloss is very high Expect a higher level of gloss.

Ease of Removal

The film can be peeled off to remove. Removal of PPF is easy as the film just needs to be peeled off when you decide to remove or replace the PPF. The coating has to be polished and removed. If you wish to remove Ceramic Coating, it may not be as easy as removing PPF. Your car needs to be polished first to remove Ceramic Coating.

Preferred By

For people who are worried about scratches on the paint. If you are one of those who hate to see even the smallest of spots or scratches on your car’s surface, PPF is for you. For people who want a show car look and shine. If you want a high definition look for your vehicle then, Ceramic Coating is the best option for you.


The explanation above, we hope, makes it easy for you to take a call on what detailing process is best for you; Paint Protection Film or Ceramic Coating. You can also opt for getting both done for optimum outcomes.

For professional paint protection services, you can contact us.

Paint Protection Film Vs Ceramic Coating– Decide What’s Best For You
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