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      09-15-2019, 11:18 AM   #1
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Ceramic coating vs clear wrap

Did anyone consider ceramic coating and instead elected to proceed with a clear wrap?
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I don't use either, I use Jescar Power Lock for paint protection and water shedding. That said, if I was looking to add something to give maximum protection it wouldn't be a liquid that might be a ten-thousandth of an inch thick when cured, it would be 8 mils or thicker vinyl.
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Did anyone consider ceramic coating and instead elected to proceed with a clear wrap?
Consider both. Clear vinyl wrap with a specialised coating on top is absolutely optimal
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PPF and then Ceramic over that. It's done every day and not a new thing. Make sure and find a reputable installer for both that can perfect the paint surface before install. It would be convenient if the installers were the same shop obviously.
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I don't use either, I use Jescar Power Lock for paint protection and water shedding. That said, if I was looking to add something to give maximum protection it wouldn't be a liquid that might be a ten-thousandth of an inch thick when cured, it would be 8 mils or thicker vinyl.
great answer.
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PPF and ceramic coatings dont compare. PPF protects against impact damage from road debris. Ceramic coatings protect against chemical damage from the elements as well as overall durability. Rocks and debris will chew through the ceramic layer like nothing.

If you want the best balance of price and protection, get a partial front clear bra and ceramic coat the rest. The only downside is the unsightly line of the PPF halfway up your hood.

If price is not an issue, clear bra all the things!
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PPF and ceramic coatings dont compare. PPF protects against impact damage from road debris. Ceramic coatings protect against chemical damage from the elements as well as overall durability. Rocks and debris will chew through the ceramic layer like nothing.

If you want the best balance of price and protection, get a partial front clear bra and ceramic coat the rest. The only downside is the unsightly line of the PPF halfway up your hood.

If price is not an issue, clear bra all the things!
Thanks - good advice!
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Levels of protection (in that order):
- None
- Spray-on Wax
- Proper Wax
- Ceramic coating
- Wrap
- PPF

I use a combination of PPF and Proper Wax. For some reason I find wax much more rewarding than ceramic coating.

P.s. do not mix PPF with wrap. Not the same thing.
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P.s. do not mix PPF with wrap. Not the same thing.
Unless OP wants to do XPEL Stealth.
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