Paint Protection Film/Ceramic Coat worth it?

  1. lightsout

    lightsout Well-Known Member

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    #16 Jun 25, 2019
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    If you plan to off road much Ceramic is a wast of $ as it will not prevent scratching or rock chips, however Ceramic is good for street use. Having a Black wrangler paint protection was #1 on my list of additions I weighed all the options from commercial ceramic coatings to consumer grade, I went and looked at all three of the Paint protection film (PPF) 3M, Xpel, Suntek and even look at Xpel and 3M on the same car to compare films.

    My Conclusion which every shop I talked to (they all offered both film and ceramic) was for wranglers epspecially if you plane to go off road paint protection film was the way to go and then if you wanted added shine and ease of cleaning put the Ceramic on top of the PPF. They they all concluded that Ceramic wold provide little benefit for off road use in terms of paint protection.

    I chose 3M PPF it has the best warranty of all the films, I also considered Xpel however Xpel has a slight orange peel texture to it ( saw the comparison 1st hand as well there are many reviews online that also confirm this). The PPF films will prevent the scratches and being self healing even if it gets scratched it will heal, it will also prevent rock chips. #m warranty has a 10 year warranty and if you get a rock chip for example that penetrates the film 3M will cover the cost of new paint up to $3500.

    I did a full 3M wrap (except tailgate and window frame) cost was $1600 and it looks absolutely amazing.

    I also added ceramic on top of the film, now I did a consumer grade ceramic coating (most if not all on Amazon are) so I except it to last 1 year 2 and the very most. Be wary of any Ceramic that you pray on and wipe off they are not the real deal they have very little ceramic properties.

    Here is a picture of the shine/reflection with the 3M (this was before the ceramic coating.

    Note. if you install ceramic coating then decide to add PPF you will find it is very difficult to do. PPF has to be installed 1st as the PPF will not adhere to ceramic coated car.

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