Automotive Paint Protection Film vs. Ceramic Coatings

The Difference Between Paint Protection & Ceramic Coatings

In this helpful guide, Cilajet discusses the key difference between automotive paint protection films and ceramic coatings. You’ll learn:

Your car is one of the largest investments you’ll make in your lifetime aside from your home. As such, you need to ensure it’s well-protected from elements that can damage it over time.

But which products offer the strongest protection? And what type of protection is necessary for your vehicle?

When it comes to automotive protection, there are two main products that stand out in the marketplace: paint protection films and ceramic coatings. Each of these products offers exceptional protection from the most harmful contaminants your car may encounter during its lifetime. Read on to find out how these two products can help protect your investment — and which is best for your particular vehicle.

What is Paint Protection Film?

Automotive paint protection films are specialized formulas that adhere to your vehicle’s exterior. An anti-corrosive sealant, typical paint protection films bond with the exterior of your car at the micron level, helping to reduce surface imperfections such as webbing, fine scratches, oxidation, and fading. As a finishing product, paint protection revitalizes old, dull, oxidized surfaces to introduce a mirror-like shine.

One of the main benefits to paint protection films is their ability to resist outdoor contaminants. Dirt, grease, bird droppings, tree sap, acid rain, salt, and mineral deposits are all easily repelled when paint protection is professionally applied. This helps eliminate unwanted buildup and reduce the frequency of car washing.

What is Ceramic Coating?

Ceramic coatings are also created from specialized formulas that bond to your car’s exterior. Cilajet’s ceramic coatings completely fill the surface pores of your vehicle, protecting paint and metal surfaces from environmental contaminants and damage in the process. These powerful ceramic coatings also offer a showroom-ready shine, providing superior resistance to dirt and contaminants that can damage your car’s surface.

Main Difference Between Paint Protection & Ceramic Coating

While ceramic coatings and paint protection films offer similar benefits, there is one major difference between the two: hydrophobia. Because of the nano ceramic technology used in ceramic coatings, these products are “super-hydrophobic,” meaning they actively repel water from the surface. This offers even stronger protection against dirt and contaminants like acid rain, tree sap, bird droppings, and ice.

Compared to paint protection films, ceramic coatings are also much harder and durable. In fact, Cilajet Ceramic with Graphene offers ultra-hard 9H durability. This material is one of the strongest materials on earth, and is even harder than diamonds.

Which is Best for Your Vehicle?

Choosing between paint protection films and ceramic coatings for your vehicle’s protection can be a challenge. Going with a ceramic coating is usually a better choice for strengthening your vehicle’s surface against harsh contaminants. If you’re not sure which product is best for your vehicle, Cilajet can help. Our Aviation Grade automotive ceramic coatings are available at authorized dealerships throughout the United States. Use our Cilajet dealer locator tool to find a Cilajet provider near you today!