When safeguarding your car’s paint from harm, you have two popular choices: paint protection film (PPF) and ceramic coating.
They both provide excellent protection but work differently. PPF, often called clear bra, is a clear, self-healing film applied to your car’s painted parts. It acts as a shield against road debris, UV rays, and other things that harm paint.
Ceramic coating, in contrast, is a liquid polymer spread on the paint, creating a protective layer. It boosts gloss, simplifies cleaning, and offers some defence against minor scratches and fading.
In simpler terms, PPF is like a transparent shield, while ceramic coating is a protective paint layer. So can you apply PPF over a Ceramic Coat? We’ll do our best to answer in this post.
Can You Apply PPF Over Ceramic Coating?
The short answer is yes, it is possible to apply PPF over ceramic coating. However, it is not a common practice and there are a few considerations to keep in mind.
Adhesion: PPF might not stick as well to ceramic coating as it does to paint. This could lead to problems like peeling or bubbling. Ensure the ceramic coating is fully bonded to the paint before adding PPF.
Thickness: Adding PPF on top of ceramic coating can make the protective layer thicker. This might affect the appearance, especially on darker or metallic paint colors. Seek guidance from a professional with experience in these combinations for the best results.
Understanding the Differences between PPF & Ceramic Coating
Both PPF and ceramic coating protect your car’s paint but have notable differences. PPF is a physical film applied by hand, requiring precision. Ceramic coating is a liquid applied with ease but still needs proper technique.
PPF excels in durability, enduring harsh conditions for years. Ceramic coating is somewhat less durable but offers good protection for 1 to 5 years. In terms of protection, PPF is excellent against physical damage and UV rays.
Ceramic coating provides moderate defense against minor scratches, fading, and stains. Remember, neither can prevent all damage, but they do reduce risks.
Pros & Cons of PPF and Ceramic Coating
Before making a decision on whether to apply PPF or ceramic coating to your vehicle, it is important to consider the pros and cons of each option. Let’s break it down:
- Superior protection against rock chips, scratches, and other physical damage.
- Self-healing properties that allow the film to repair minor scratches on its own.
- Excellent resistance to UV rays, preventing paint from fading.
- More expensive compared to ceramic coating.
- Requires professional installation for best results.
- Can be more visible on certain paint colors, affecting the aesthetics of the vehicle.
Ceramic Coating Pros:
- Enhances the paint’s gloss, making it look more vibrant and reflective.
- Provides hydrophobic properties, making it easier to clean and maintain.
- Offers moderate protection against minor scratches, fading, and chemical stains.
Ceramic Coating Cons:
- Not as durable as PPF and may require reapplication every few years.
- Does not provide the same level of protection against rock chips and other physical damage.
- Can be more challenging to apply correctly, requiring proper technique and preparation.
Benefits of applying PPF over Ceramic Coating
Combining PPF and ceramic coating has advantages:
More Protection: PPF over ceramic adds extra defense against damage like rock chips and scratches.
Self-Healing: PPF can fix small scratches by itself, keeping your vehicle looking great.
Longer Durability: The combo extends protection life, reducing the need for frequent reapplication.
Drawbacks of applying PPF over ceramic coating
Combining PPF and ceramic coating has downsides:
Aesthetic Impact: It may affect the look, especially on darker paint, making it less glossy or changing the texture.
Adhesion Risks: There’s a chance of reduced adhesion, potentially causing peeling or bubbling of the film.
Higher Cost: Using both products can be pricier due to the cost of each and professional installation fees.
Case studies and real-life examples of PPF and ceramic coating combinations
To provide you with a better understanding of how PPF and ceramic coating can be combined, let’s take a look at some real-life examples and case studies that we at Ceramic Tint Pros experienced:
Case Study 1:
John, a car enthusiast, decided to protect his new sports car with a combination of PPF and ceramic coating with us. He opted for a high-quality ceramic coating that offered excellent gloss enhancement and hydrophobic properties. After the coating was properly cured, a layer of PPF was applied to provide additional protection against rock chips and scratches. John was extremely satisfied with the outcome, as his car maintained a pristine finish for years without any major damage.
Case Study 2:
Sarah, a professional driver, wanted to ensure the highest level of protection for her SUV’s paint. She chose to apply PPF over ceramic coating to benefit from the self-healing properties of the film. Her car was subjected to frequent exposure to road debris and minor scratches, but the PPF was able to repair these imperfections on its own, keeping the paint in excellent condition.
Here’s how We Apply PPF on Ceramic Coated Car in Florida:
Prepare the surface: Clean the ceramic-coated surface with mild car shampoo and a clay bar to remove dirt and contaminants.
Measure and cut: Measure the areas for PPF, leaving a small margin, and cut the film.
Apply the PPF: Carefully apply PPF, aligning it correctly. Use a squeegee or cloth to remove air bubbles.
Trim and finish: Trim excess film, ensuring smooth edges flush with the paint surface.
Heat and cure: Gently heat the PPF with a heat gun to help it conform to the vehicle’s curves.
Final inspection: Check for imperfections and ensure the film is securely bonded to the ceramic coating.
Following these steps ensures a successful PPF application over ceramic coating.
Q: Can I apply ceramic coating over PPF?
A: Yes, it is possible to apply ceramic coating over PPF. This can provide additional gloss enhancement and hydrophobic properties, further enhancing the appearance and protection of your vehicle’s paint.
Q: How long does PPF last?
A: PPF can last anywhere from five to ten years, depending on the quality of the film and how well it is maintained. Regular washing and proper care can help prolong its lifespan.
Q: Can PPF be removed without damaging the paint?
A: Yes, PPF can be safely removed without damaging the underlying paint. However, it is recommended to have it professionally removed to ensure that the process is done correctly.
In summary, both PPF and ceramic coating provide great paint protection for your vehicle. Applying PPF over ceramic coating is possible but not usual. It’s crucial to weigh the differences, pros, cons, and follow proper application methods for the best choice. Whether you pick PPF, ceramic coating, or both, focus on correct installation and upkeep for long-lasting protection.