Whether you’re an avid car collector or simply want to keep your vehicle looking new for as long as possible, deciding how to protect it from the elements can be tricky. Two of the most popular options are ceramic coating and clear bra protection. But what is the difference between these two car care options? Let’s take a look!
What Is Ceramic Coating?
Ceramic coating provides a glossy shine to your vehicle that goes above and beyond traditional waxing. It also creates a layer of hydrophobic protection that works to repel water and other contaminants like dirt, road grime, chemicals, road salts, acid rain, bird droppings, and more. While this layer of protection is great for keeping your car looking great over time, it does not offer any physical damage protection from things like rock chips or scratches.
What Is Clear Bra Protection?
A clear bra (PPF) is an invisible film that is applied to the exterior of a vehicle. It works to protect it from physical damage like rock chips, abrasion, and scratches that can occur on the road. PPF also helps to reduce fading from the sun’s UV rays.
PPF is superior and gives all the benefits of ceramic coating and more, except for the hydrophobic and grime-repelling properties. Clear bra paint protection will cover the paint completely, protecting it from all things, including rock chips. PPF is also self-healing, which means that with the right care, sunlight or warm water will make the scratch disappear, making clear bra maintenance very low.
While ceramic coating slowly wears down over time and can be applied again after it is finally gone, PPF, however, has to be carefully and slowly removed by a professional if it is to be replaced.
The Difference Between Maintenance And Warranty
Ceramic coating maintenance is more intense than clear bra maintenance. Ceramic coatings need yearly maintenance, while PPF does not have these requirements. You’ll also find that PPF also comes with a 10-year warranty, while ceramic coating warranty varies on the strength you purchase. Professional grade ceramic coatings are available in 2-year to lifetime versions and everything in between.
To keep your PPF easier to clean, a ceramic coating on top is a great option; for the purpose of protecting a car, PPF is the best, but the ceramic coating has lots of great benefits too.
Which Is Better? Clear Bra Vs. Ceramic Coatings
Both are great options to protect your vehicle, but they each have their own pros and cons. To keep your PPF easier to clean, a ceramic coating on top is a great option. For the purpose of protecting a car, PPF is the best, but a ceramic coating has lots of great benefits too. Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide which car care option is best for your vehicle.
Both ceramic coatings and clear bra protection can help protect your vehicle from environmental threats like sun damage, dirt, water, chemicals, and more. However, when it comes time for complete coverage from physical damage such as rock chips, then clear bra protection is the way to go.
To figure out the best option for you, contact Tintix for a free consultation today! We’ll walk you through all the information and help guide you toward finding the perfect car care solution.