Oftentimes customers purchase a brand new vehicle and contact our shop to find out if they need paint protection film or ceramic coating. What we do first is discover what the customer wants to achieve and what sort of protection they are looking for their vehicle.
For example, if they are looking to protect against rock chips and nicks in their paint, then a ceramic coating will not do the job. Ceramic coatings are thin (nano) layers of polymer that adhere to the surface. It’s main purpose is to add extra durability, increase gloss and make it extremely easy to clean your vehicle since it is very hydrophobic. On the other hand, XPEL Ultimate Plus paint protection film is 8 mils thick. It is meant to withstand pebbles and debris as you’re cruising on the highway. Many of our customers have their high impact areas protected with XPEL. These include the hood, fenders, mirrors, bumper, lights, door cups. Additional areas of protection include the A Pillars, roof strip (painted space or glass between the windshield and the sunroof), rear luggage strip (to protect against scratches when you’re moving items in and out of the trunk) and so on. Some customers go to greater lengths of protection and have their entire vehicle wrapped in XPEL paint protection film.
If you’re driving your vehicle all year round in a city like Edmonton, then it is in your best interest to get the XPEL paint protection film first! You can get the ceramic coating at a later date if you have a budget to work with. Protecting your vehicle against rock chips that are inevitable in our city will save your paint and protect your investment.
Ceramic coating can go on top of the XPEL paint protection film. In fact, that is the correct order of operations. We prepare the vehicle first (decontamination and power polishing), then install the XPEL paint protection film and finally install the ceramic coating on all of the painted areas, wheel faces, glass and areas with paint protection film.
If you’re looking for more information, please don’t hesitate to call us and we can help you find the right solution for your vehicle.