According to the criteria we established, PPF gets the top rank and should be your first choice if you are considering any of the three choices. If you're willing to invest the money, applying ceramic coating on top of a PPF will offer you the best of both worlds. The coating will protect your fence from weeds and animals while providing a nice aesthetic appeal.
Ceramic coatings come in various colors and styles. You can get fences that look like wood, vinyl, or metal. They also offer protection against weather elements such as rain, snow, and heat. The key here is that you get the coating done by someone who knows what they are doing. Otherwise, you might end up with a bad job that doesn't provide much protection at all. Also worth mentioning is that if you do choose to go this route, you'll need to apply another layer every few years since these coats don't last forever.
Do your research before you decide which type of fencing is right for you. Understand its benefits and drawbacks. Only then will you be able to make an informed decision that won't disappoint you down the road.
PPF is the best choice for significant, self-healing protection against UV radiation, corrosives, scratches, and impact damage such as rock chips. Ceramic provides protection against UV radiation, corrosives, and scratches while also having a sleek, glossy appearance. It is important to wash your vehicle regularly with an anti-spot solution to keep the paint looking new.
Ceramic coatings can cost up to $10,000, but with regular maintenance they last for years. They provide full coverage and are easy to maintain. The price increases as you go from one that covers only parts of the bodywork to full vehicle coverage.
People usually choose ceramic because they want a car that looks good but also wants to save money on gas too. It is not recommended to drive aggressively or use high-powered engines with ceramic because this could cause damage to the coating.
Ceramic coatings are very durable and tough, so if you do get rock chips or have other forms of damage, they can be repaired at no charge from the manufacturer.
They also work well in humid conditions like we have in Singapore because there's no need for extensive pre-treatment of the surface before applying the ceramic coating. However, if you live in a dry climate, it would be advisable to apply some type of sealant before putting ceramic on top of the paint.
A ceramic coating makes your automobile simpler to clean and more hydrophobic, but it does not provide the same level of protection against road debris as PPF. Matte PPF is available. Ceramic coating delivers unrivaled gloss improvement. PPF absorbs scratches and even cures itself. It can be cleaned with soap and water.
Ceramic coatings are extremely durable and will not peel or flake like rubberized bumper covers. The only drawback is that they do not come in colors other than white or black. Also, ceramic coatings are more expensive than plastic bumpers.
They also cannot be applied to metal surfaces.
Finally, ceramic coatings are not suitable for everyone. People who drive their vehicles into parking structures or garages equipped with steel roll-down doors should not use them because the force of impact could damage the finish.
Ceramic coating costs about $3,000 and up. Bumper covers are around $500 for a quality model. Applying both is therefore more expensive than just buying a new cover.
However, the increased durability of ceramic coating makes it worth the extra cost. In fact, some automakers are now using ceramic coating as replacement parts due to their ability to withstand heavy traffic without fading or scratching.
It is also critical to apply only "ceramic-friendly" ceramic coatings on paint protection films. This is what SunTek had to say about it in terms of their PPF. It will not compromise PPF performance or self-healing capabilities if ceramic is put second, over the top of your SunTek PPF. That's not how it works.
If you use another brand of ceramic coating, check with the manufacturer to make sure that it is OK to use with your SunTek PPFs. Some coatings are designed for specific types of vehicles while others can be used on any vehicle.
Ceramic coatings increase the durability of your car's finish and therefore should be applied periodically whether you plan to use a SunTek PPF or not. The coating will protect your car's finish from heat, chemicals, and damage caused by sanding. The more you use your car, the more likely it is that you will need to replace parts of your car's exterior due to wear and tear. Washing your car regularly with soap and water will help keep the buildup of dust and dirt at a minimum.
SunTek recommends that you have your car inspected by a professional prior to applying a ceramic coating. There are several factors that may affect the choice of colors that appear on your car once the coating is applied. For example, there are certain types of paints that do not match well with certain colors of ceramics.