Getting a new car is an exciting time, and you may be admiring the glossy finish and shine of your new ride. But now comes another big decision of car ownership – how do I maintain this shine?

Car paint will inevitably fade and lose its exterior appeal after a while. This is caused by a combination of dirt, debris, rocks, and harsh Australian UV rays. Luckily, installing quality paint protection can preserve your car’s paint job for years to come.
Paint Protection Film (PPF) and Ceramic Coating are two common methods of safeguarding your car’s paint. Both protect your car’s exterior from UV rays, chemical damage, and debris, but there are some significant differences between the two.

Read on to know what sets them apart and how to choose the right car protection.

What is a Paint Protection Film (PPF)?

Paint Protection Film (PPF) is a clear, lightweight urethane film that’s applied to your vehicle to protect it from scratches, debris, and UV rays. Also commonly known as ‘clear bra’ or ‘clear wrap’, it acts as a transparent protective coating over the car’s surface. Imagine it as a 0.2mm-thick film stretched and wrapped around your vehicle.

What is a Ceramic Coating?

Car ceramic coating is a liquid polymer that bonds with your car’s exterior paint when applied. This liquid polymer goes right into the pores of your car paint and forms a permanent bond with its surface. There are many ceramic coatings in the market, but a good quality one has long-lasting capabilities to ensure you only need to do it once to reap its protective benefits. Ceramic coating also offers high levels of protection and an added glossy finish.

What is the difference between Paint Protection Films (PPF) and Ceramic Coating?


Aspect Paint Protection Films Ceramic Coating
Price Point


Protective Capabilities



Finish and Look

Infinitely more expensive than ceramic coating. On average, costs 4 times more than ceramic coating. Expect to pay $7,000 to $8,000 for full vehicle PPF.

Offers protection against stone chips and heavy scratching due to its physical film. Can self-heal minor scratches but may not work on larger ones.


Offers strong protection but may have discrepancies in installation due to its thickness and application difficulty.


More cost-effective, with a full package typically costing around $2,000.


Provides water-repellent properties and a glossy sheen. Offers resistance against minor swirl marks, bird droppings, and grime. However, does not protect against incoming stones or debris.


Provides a flawless finish with proper preparation. Suited for clients who seek perfection. Quality of the coating and installer expertise are crucial for longevity.


Is there a best-of-both-worlds solution?

If you’re thinking between a paint protection film (PPF) and ceramic coating, why not consider both? It is quite common for those on a budget to look into PPF for the front of their vehicle and finish the rest of the car in a ceramic coating.
Paint protection films (PPF) can be optimized by applying them in high-impact areas, such as the car’s front bumper. But if you’re thinking of choosing either one, then ceramic coating works perfectly well in urban driving, as it protects against UV rays, harsh liquid chemicals, and rainwater.
On the plus side, you’ll never have to worry about polishing your car again.
If you’re looking to install ceramic coating for your vehicle, choose our experienced installers at Premium Auto Salon. Using leading Japanese protection products, our ceramic-based protection combines ceramic and hydrocarbon coatings with maximum scratch and stain resistance for your vehicle.

To discuss our paint protection services, fill out our Enquiry Form or call our expert installers at 0450 527 763.