The Difference Between Paint Protection Film (PPF) and Paint Protection

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Here at Ming Shine a very common question we come across is what is the difference between a Paint Coating, and a Paint Protection Film. Consumers who are interested in protecting their vehicle are often confused about the 2 products. Paint Protection Film (PPF)  and Paint Coating are actually 2 very different things and serve their own purposes. In this blog we will go through what the differences are, weigh in their pros and cons, and hopefully help you decide which option is best for you.

 

Paint protection film (PPF) is a clear polyurethane film that was originally developed to protect military vehicles. Eventually, the high-end performance car industry began using PPF and now it’s used in the consumer market to protect cars from rock chips, scratches, and contaminants. The self-healing properties of some PPF products make them an attractive option since some scratches will dissipate over time or with heat. Paint needs to be thoroughly decontaminated to remove all defects, and sometimes polished  prior to application of the PPF in order to have a quality installation.

Ceramic coatings are the next step in the evolution of paint protection. They bond to the surface of the paint, creating a permanent layer of protection. Ceramic coatings offer substantially more scratch resistance, chemical resistance, UV protection and heat tolerance than wax or polymer sealants. Environmental damage and scratches are unable to penetrate the coating, leaving the paint in pristine condition.

PPF Film PROS

  • Very resistant to rock chips.

  • Very resistant to scratches sometimes it may pierce the film but not damage the paint.

  • Premium films such as Xpel Ultimate have self healing properties from minor scratches, and are guaranteed to never fade or yellow.

  • If the film is damaged it can be replaced by a professional installer without any damage to your actual paint.

PPF Film CONS

  • Can be difficult to install.

  • If it is not removed correctly it can damage paint.

  • Low quality films can discolour and turn yellow over time.

  • Low quality films can be very textured or orange peely which minimizes shine.

Ceramic Coatings PROS

  • Great Repairability (can be polished or buffed to fix minor damage)

  • Super Hydrophobic

  • Increase shine and luster.

  • 9H hardness so it is less susceptible to getting mars and scratches.

  • Greatly enhances UV protection and chemical resistance.

Ceramic coating Cons

  • Will not stop rocks chips.

  • Will not stop anything that causes deep gouges or scrapes.

  • It is tricky to install, and can look very improper if not installed properly.

Finally PPF and ceramic coatings work together for optimal protection. Ideally, you will install PPF on the areas prone to rock chip damage and then install a ceramic coating over the top of the PPF and on the rest of the vehicle, this will give added shine, slickness, and protection on the PPF. This may seem extreme, but if your average daily drive includes navigating terrain that is going to assault your car with rocks, you will be glad you have the added protection.

Ceramic Coating vs. Traditional Wax

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In Today's day and age there are many options of vehicle coatings and or waxes, so which one should you choose? This post is to help you decide which coating route you can take when it comes to your vehicle. The traditional options of waxes or sealants have been available for decades but in recents years new products known as ceramic or “nanocoatings” have become available to the detailing industry revolutionizing the way we detail and protect our vehicles.                                   

 

A Ceramic Coating such as the MingShine, Opti-Coat Pro and Opti coat Pro +, is a liquid polymer that is applied by hand to the exterior of a vehicle. The coating chemically bonds with the vehicle’s paint, creating a layer of protection on top of the vehicles existing clearcoat. An interesting fact is that once the layers of the ceramic coating have been applied, and a paint depth gauge is used to measure the thickness of the paint and the paint will measure out to be thicker than what was factory.

 

There are a number of great benefits of nanocoatings such as:

  1. The coating lasts a lot longer than any wax, it is more scratch and mar resistant which means the finish of the paint will stay like the day it was coated.
  2. It has superior UV protection, so the paint will not oxidize after been exposed to large amounts of UV rays from the sun.
  3. It is more chemical resistant. Bird droppings, tree sap, and harsh degreasers will not deteriorate the coating, where on wax coatings it would.
  4. It makes it very easy to clean your vehicle due to its extreme hydrophobic effects, phobic meaning having a extreme aversion to something which in this case would be water. As a result it makes it much easier maintaining and drying off your vehicle.
  5. Dirt, dust, and grime will not stick on the paint nearly as much, which then comes back to the point of the paint being easier to maintain.
  6. Last but not least the coated vehicle will have a very high intense gloss and shine for years to come.

 

Traditional waxes and sealants have their benefits as well. Nanocoatings require a professionally trained technician that has to do a significant amount of prep and paint correction in order for the ceramic coatings to be utilized at their maxed potential, Bad installations could severely alter the vehicle's paint causing more headaches and problems in the long run. Fortunately the benefit of a wax is its ease of use that almost anyone can do it even you, These products also offer versatile application methods which make these products much more cost effective. Nanocoatings due to the complicity and prep can often be pricier than a wax or sealant option, waxes must be reapplied oftenbecause of the longevity of waxes are much more inferior to nanocoatings as mentioned before once the coating is done to your vehicle you are protected for years to come.

 

In conclusion, when it comes to the battle of Nano Coating vs Wax, the important factors are how much time you have to spend on your car, how much inclination you have to maintain it and how the car is going to be used. Typically a wax allows the flexibility to enjoy the full detailing process on a more regular basis and therefore better serves the detailing enthusiast. For those simply looking to protect their vehicles paint especially from everyday wear and tear a highly durable ceramic nanocoating is the better choice.

Car Care Guide

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We commonly get asked how to maintain your vehicle's paint. Although a paint protection will significantly minimize the upkeep, you don't need a paint protection to utilize these tips!

Ming Paint Coatings have revolutionized the way we protect and maintain our vehicles. With superior gloss, scratch/mar, chemical, environmental resistance, and extreme hydrophobic qualities you coating will help keep your car looking as the day you bought it. However it is crucial that you have proper upkeep and maintenance to have full benefits of the Ming coating.

 

Following is the recommended procedure for the Ming coating that has been applied


• Keep the surface dry for 24 hours after coating installation.


• If water is allowed on the surface between the first 2-24 hours it will not harm the coating durability. However, gently dry off any water before it dries to avoid possible water spots during the hardening process of those first 24 hours.
• Avoid washing with soap for the first 5 days.


• Never use an automatic car wash. It has been proven that drive through car washes will damage your paint.


• DO NOT ALLOW ANY CAR DEALER OR SERVICE CENTRE TO WASH YOUR VEHICLE. You should have received a “Do Not Wash” mirror hanger to assist with this recommendation.


• In Alberta, we recommend to clay bar your vehicle every 6 months. This will clean off any contaminants that attach to your paint while driving.


Washing Procedure:


• Pre-Rinse the heavy particulates off the paint before ever touching the surface with your wash media. Some people like to foam the car down and then rinse everything away before starting on the wash. This is fine if you choose to do so. The bottom line is to try to get the most dirt, grime, and grit off the paint BEFORE you touch the surface so as not to induce swirls or scratches while washing.


• Wash from the top down, in straight lines (not wax on wax off circles). This will ensure that in the event there is an abrasive particle trapped in your wash media it will only leave a shallow, straight line scratch. Straight scratches are only visible if the light hits it just right. On the other hand circular scratches are visible from almost any angle.


• Rinse your wash mitt very frequently and thoroughly. We recommend rinsing the mitt multiple times per panel if the vehicle is heavily soiled. If you wash frequently or if there is only light dust accumulation you can, of course, rinse your mitt less often. Just keep in mind that the more you rinse out your wash mitt the less chance you’ll have of rubbing abrasive dirt, sand, or other particles against the paint as you wash. A clean wash mitt mitigates the chance of ruining the paint as you wash each section.


• When drying use a very plush microfibre towel (the softer and fluffier the better). Do not wipe the towel across the paint. Instead, pat the vehicle dry. Pat the water droplets off a section, lift the towel, and pat another spot. By not “dry wiping” the surface you will exponentially reduce the chance of scratching or marring your flawless paint and/or coating.
Maintaining your vehicle using safe wash methods, as described above, will help you preserve a flawless finish and extend the useful life of your Ming Ceramic Coating for years of enjoyment.

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