What is XPEL Paint Protection Film?

XPEL Paint Protection Film is a virtually invisible urethane film. It protects your vehicle’s paint from unsightly damage and maximizes re-sale value. Some of its features include Self Healing, Stain Resistance, and Superior Optical Clarity.

What is a Ceramic Coating?

A Ceramic Coating (such as Revivify, and Ceramic Pro) is a liquid polymer that is applied by hand to the exterior of a vehicle. The coating chemically bonds with the vehicle’s factory paint, creating a layer of protection.

A Ceramic Coating is not a substitute for Paint Protection Film, which provides a more comprehensive form of defensive skin. Rather, it is a premium wax alternative. A Ceramic Coating creates a permanent or semi-permanent bond with a vehicle’s paint, meaning that it does not wash away or break down and does not require repeated application every few months.

What can a properly applied Ceramic Coating do?

In short, a Ceramic Coating adds additional protection to your car’s exterior and helps keep it looking like-new with comparatively minimal maintenance. The coating achieves this result by making your vehicle more resilient and easier to clean. Here are the main benefits:


If a vehicle is often exposed to the sun, its paint will begin to oxidize, resulting in dulled and faded paint. A layer of Ceramic Coating protects a vehicle’s paint from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, thereby reducing the amount of oxidization.



Another danger for your car is chemical staining from naturally acidic contaminants. By creating a chemically resistant surface, a Ceramic Coating can keep some contaminants from bonding to your vehicle’s paint. The result is that your vehicle will be more resistant to staining and etching, provided the contaminant is removed in a timely manner.



One of the most significant features of a Ceramic Coating is that it is hydrophobic, which is a fancy way of saying it repels water. When a vehicle has a hydrophobic Ceramic Coating, water will bead on the surface and slide off more easily. This means that mud and grime will have a more difficult time bonding to your vehicle’s paint, and when you wash your car, contaminants can be removed with less effort.


If you want your paint to pop with gloss, you will want to add a Ceramic Coating. A good Ceramic Coating enhances the reflective properties of your car’s paint and clear coat, adding to the depth and clarity of your paint.

As we said at the outset, a Ceramic Coating will add value to your vehicle. At Exclusive Detail, we are the leading installer for ceramic coatings for Edmonton, AB, and the surrounding area. If you would like to learn more or schedule an appointment, follow the links below. But be sure to keep reading to learn about the limitations of Ceramic Coatings.

So, is a Ceramic Coating or Paint Protection film better?

So which product is right for your car?

Here’s the good news. You don’t have to choose one or the other. They can both be applied to the same vehicle. The dynamic duo of Paint Protection Film and a Ceramic Coating is the ultimate form of invisible protection you can purchase for your car.

Here’s how it works.

Paint Protection Film is applied first to the portions of your vehicle that will be most susceptible to rock chips or scratches from road debris. Since a Ceramic Coating does not protect against this kind of damage, it’s important to apply Paint Protection Film to these areas. This often includes the front bumper, hood, fenders, side mirrors, rocker panels, and rear wheel arch.

Once the most vulnerable areas are protected with Paint Protection Film, your whole car receives a Ceramic Coating. The coating will bond to both the vehicle’s factory paint and the film that has already been applied. When applied on top of film, coating will provide an additional layer of protection from chemical etching and stains. It will also help keep the film clean and free from contaminants, which will lengthen the life of the film.

Everywhere else on the vehicle, whether protected by film or not, the Ceramic Coating will thwart oxidation and chemical etch marks or stains. Moreover, the hydrophobic surface will make it harder for contaminants to bond to the vehicle, keeping the paint cleaner and making it easier to wash. The smooth surface of the Ceramic Coating will also enhance the gloss of your vehicle’s factory paint.

Together the two products will preserve your car’s paint over the long-term, and enhance its appearance on a day-to-day basis.

How long does the Ceramic Pro coating take?

Ceramic Pro coating is usually a 2 day process and may take longer depending if the car needs to be power polished and/or installed with XPEL.

Why does my brand new vehicle need to be power polished?

Brand new cars may need power polishing! Factory paint is not perfect. Whether it’s during transport or detailing the vehicle for delivery at the dealership, there are many instances that can cause swirls and scratches.

What is the difference between 3M and XPEL?

3M is a common name referred to paint protection film. XPEL is a brand of paint protection film we use to install on your vehicle. It is self healing, fade resistant and virtually invisible.

Oh and an industry leading, 10 year warranty is pretty sweet too.

Do you wrap the edges for XPEL?

Yes, we wrap the edges for our XPEL installations wherever possible. This will help protect the edges from getting rock chips.

What are swirls?

Swirls are micro scratches on the surface of the paint. It can be caused by using a brush at a car wash, dusting off your vehicle or even wiping your car dry with the wrong microfibre towel. These can be corrected with power polishing.

Do you shampoo the carpets in an interior detail?


We use a steam cleaning method on most areas of your interior, for a multitude of reasons listed above.

Can you do just a quick detail for cheap?

Here at Liberty Autoworx, we recognize the fact that you can get a cheaper, quick detail somewhere else. We do not exist to do such a thing, we go much further in-depth with the details and methods we use to clean your vehicle. “Quick” details often miss things that set us far apart from them, and we exist to be your go-to guaranteed best detail in the city.