Ceramic coating or PPF. Which one to choose, or … both?

Here at Carrectly we love car owners who love their cars. Even more so, we love to take good care of each and every vehicle that comes to us, no matter the condition. But for those of you who really want to step up when it comes to your car protection, we have a few suggestions.Living in Chicago definitely puts a toll on your vehicle:

  • Weather changes make you want to wash your car more often;
  • Tight parking spots often lead to bumper damage and scratches;
  • Roads as they are, don’t make your suspension and tires any happier.
  • Constant construction puts a lot of pressure on your vehicle’s paint because of the debris, dust, rock chips on the bumper and hood etc.

But no matter the hazards, there are ways to protect the paint from all of the outside contaminants. Our best suggestions are Ceramic coating and PPF. While they’re similar, there are a lot of differences between the two. Let’s break it down.

Ceramic coating is a liquid polymer applied to the exterior of the vehicle. It’s chemical components bond with the vehicle’s paint and forms a protective layer and a hydrophobic surface. The best way to describe it is that it’s protecting your paint from acidic contaminants, such as bugs and tree leaves, oxidation from UV exposure, small surface scratches. Also, it’s hydrophobic ability makes it much easier to clean the car and it stays clean for a much longer period of time. Btw, did we mention it will be shiny like you never thought possible?


PPF (Paint Protection Film) is a transparent urethane material that can be applied to any part of the car’s exterior. It protects the paint from multiple kinds of damage, such as:

  • Rock chips and scratches;
  • Swirl marks caused by regular washes (yes, a lot of washes, especially the drive-through ones, cause more damage than you might think);
  • Chemical stains by acidic contaminants;
  • Oxidation or fading from UV exposure.


As you can see, both of these products are there to keep your car’s paint protected and preserved, while making it look like new for a long period of time.

So which one to choose? It really depends on what’s your goal is and your budget. Our best suggestion is to use both. PPF for the whole car would be more expensive than Ceramic Coating. But you can always apply it only to the most vulnerable surfaces, such as front bumper, hood, side mirrors, fenders, and rear wheel arch. After that, ceramic coating is applied to the whole car. It also bonds with protecting film as well as the paint itself to provide extra protection from any contaminants.

Whatever you decide, the choice is yours. Just remember that here at Carrectly we can help you with anything and everything your car needs, simply ask.

Your car is an extension of yourself. Love it, preserve it, take care of it, and it would keep you safe, happy and satisfied for many years to come.

With love, Carrectly team.