The Best Paint Protection Film for 2021

I think we can all agree that 2020 was a less-than-stellar year. While the world struggled – and continues to struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic, hope in the form of multiple vaccines and therapeutics is on the horizon. As we roll into 2021 and the “hope” of some sort or return to normality, many car owners are looking to improve their vehicle’s appearance by searching for professional ceramic coatings or the best paint protection film for 2021.

Whether you own a Tesla, BMW, Audi, or any other vehicle, a high-quality and long-lasting paint protection film can maintain the factory appearance of your vehicle for more than a decade. Add a professional grade nano ceramic coating on top of that PPF, and you’ll have the ultimate shield of protection over your specific vehicle surface.

If you’re looking for the best product to protect your new vehicle – this article will help you out. Let’s explore some of the facts about car clear paint protection film. We’ll explain how it works, how effective it can be, how it’s installed, and introduce what many professional detailers believe is the best PPF of 2021 – KAVACA Instant Healing PPF.

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Detailing News: How to Protect Car Paint Without a Garage

Reprinted from CeramicPro

It’s estimated that more than half of the homes in the United States do not have a covered parking garage. While many of us can’t live without our ‘toy boxes’ – others who are passionate vehicle owners are forced to come up with creative ways of protect car paint without a garage. Some of their ideas are proactive – others – not so much.

The world today is filled with toxins, chemicals, and emissions that can slowly eat away at the surface materials found on your daily driver. UV rays, acid rain, bird droppings, and pollen can penetrate the clear coat on the vehicle’s paint job, while cold and hot weather can prematurely age rubber and plastic trim pieces.

If you don’t have the luxury of a covered or garage door enclosure or a steel carport, here are some creative ways of keeping your car, truck, or SUV protected from the elements.

What Causes Damage on Car Paint?

Every day, your ride is bombarded with toxins – yes, we mentioned this above. But one of the biggest misconceptions about car paint is that the clear coat will block contaminants and UV rays by itself. Some believe that the quick application of natural carnauba wax will do the trick.

 

However, that’s just not accurate. A clear coat is microscopic thin – as in – thinner than paper. Want to add a layer of car wax that only holds up for a few months? Your protection just got a half of the thickness of that piece of paper extra. UV rays, bug splatters, tree sap, pollen, and road debris can stick to the top layer of your vehicle and slowly eat away until it gets to raw paint. The clear coat of paint is what becomes embedded with swirl marks by using automatic car washes or poor-quality towels.

Eventually, these materials will penetrate the pigment – and start to corrode and oxidate on the metal. There are some people who are strong believers of using an outdoor or indoor car cover to protect from these contaminants – and there is some logic behind those thoughts. However, they are not the optimal solutions.

Some of the major contributors that accelerate paint corrosion may include:

UV Rays: The sun is awesome for providing warmth on a winter morning and making that deep paint job look rich, but it can also cause havoc to your vehicle’s surface. There are two types of UV rays – UVA (which is responsible for causing damage to the surface of a substance – usually aging) and UVB – which is what causes burns and skin damage). Heat is produced by infrared rays or IR.

Natural Waste: Bird droppings and bug splatters are second on the list of items that can wreck a cars paint surface. Both items are highly acidic, with other ingredients that stick to different materials on your vehicle. If you don’t remove them from the clear coat, even windows – they will begin to stain and etch into the top layers – especially on the car’s paint.

Smog & Pollution: Smog is essentially unburned particulates that is derived from fossil fuels. It’s carbon emissions that circulate amongst the air you breathe and eventually finds a home on your car’s paint surface. If the vehicle isn’t washed on a normal basis, smog and industrial pollution will bond to the surface, again causing damage.

What to Do If You Don’t Have a Garage

Let’s be blunt – we’re not going to tell you to buy a carport, a blow-up device, or anything else to park your vehicle inside. Today’s professional-grade ceramic coating and paint protection film will do a phenomenal job at protecting your vehicle for YEARS – against normal wear and tear and exposure to the outdoors.

Now, you’re probably thinking to yourself, “well, I would buy a ceramic coating or PPF if it wasn’t so expensive.” And you know what – that’s fair. A professional-applied and CARFAX documented Ceramic Pro 9H Gold Package that comes with a lifetime warranty is an investment in the protection of your vehicle.

However, that’s the top of the mountain. There are several package levels that will fit virtually every budget – and keep your car, truck, SUV, or other vehicle from continual outdoor protection. There are also some other DIY protection products that will serve to protect the paint, plastic trim, and other exposed car parts that you may want to consider.

Natural Carnauba Wax

The first car wax was introduced to the global consumer market in 1944. It was called Plastone and was invented by a chemist named Ben Hirsch. It was a liquid car wax that was comprised mainly from natural carnauba wax – a secretion derived from a palm tree based in Brazil. The product was exceptional at creating a hard-shell on top of the vehicle’s painted surface. Eventually – he renamed the product Turtle Wax®.

Today’s natural car waxes are based on the same concept – using natural oils and resins that bonds on top of surface – and protects against UV rays and other outdoor elements for a few months. Every trip to the automatic car wash can accelerate breakdown.

Polymer or Synthetic Paint Sealants

The lab-created wax job is known as a paint sealant. It’s synthetic in nature and may consist of some natural carnauba wax, silicon dioxide (SiO2) and Teflon materials. This is what you’d call a hybrid car wax. It can be applied via a paste, liquid, or sprayed on – then buffed off with a fresh microfiber cloth. There are some paint sealants that claim to hold up for 8 months to a year in pristine situations.

DIY Ceramic Coatings

There is a slew – and I mean a TON of DIY ceramic coatings for cars on the market today. Some of them are easy to apply – and others will give car owners a ton of issues. Let’s clarify one of the biggest myths about these DIY coatings – they are NOTHING CLOSE to a professional-grade 9H nano coating. Many can be applied and removed with a simple microfiber towel – while others are more labor inclusive.

They are mainly designed for ease of application and replicating a lot of the ‘attributes’ of a professional-grade nano coating. For example, most of these coatings claim a lot of hydrophobic properties (which is what makes water bead on the surface). And for the most part – they do this quite well.

However, they are not the best at providing actual protection on your vehicle’s paint. Some contain microscopic levels of ceramic ingredients (so they can call it “ceramic coating”). Others have large percentages of SiO2 – but aren’t quite certain what that ingredient does. Some of these coatings will hold up for 18 months – but the level of protection they offer is not backed by warranties or any documented studies.

If you’re going to buy a DIY ceramic coating, just make sure to research the product and the supporting materials you need – like extra microfiber cloth for example. Make sure you feel comfortable with the prep work, installation, and the aftercare recommended. It’s really become a buyer beware market, so make sure to complete your research and consider all options before making the financial investment.

Professional Applied Coatings and Paint Protection Film

If you’re looking for the optimal way to protection your vehicle, Ceramic Pro offers several affordable options. Our flagship Ceramic Pro 9H nano coatings are sold in package levels – each with its own expected and guaranteed warranty. Learn more about Ceramic Pro 9H coatings for the inside and outside of your vehicle by clicking this link.

We also offer a paint protection film called KAVACA® – which is Sanskrit for “Armor”. Consider a PPF as a transparent car cover – as it can be applied to your paint, headlights, and other materials on your vehicle. Both products are installed by professional detailing shops or auto spas, with more than 3,500 certified installers in North America alone. You can learn more about KAVACA Paint Protection Film by clicking this link.

 

 


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Video: Introducing Kavaca Window Tint: The Most Advanced Tint on The Market!

If you’ve been thinking about having a ceramic window film installed on your vehicle, Ceramic Pro has a revolutionary solution for you.

KAVACA CERAMIC IR is the ultimate Window Film, manufactured with state of the art technology. Ceramic Pro has formulated a proprietary formulation of nanoceramic technology with an IR layer to deliver excellent Heat Rejection, Glare Control and UV protection that is metal-free; supporting signal clarity for all types of electronic devices.

KAVACA Ceramic IR lets you customize your car with any of the 6 shades offered, without sacrificing clarity nor the loss in heat rejection with clear VLTs. KAVACA Ceramic IRs advanced technology offers a non-reflective, color stable finish that will not fade over time.

Ceramic Pro has many years of experience in the industry of vehicle and surface protection. KAVACA Window Films have been designed and tested with extensive research to give you the top looks and performance. If you’d like to learn more about our new line of window tint for cars, or receive a free estimate from one of our certified installation centers, Contact Bill’s Detailing.

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Video: Paint Protection Film (PPF) VS Ceramic Coating: What's The Difference?

Whether its Ford vs Chevy, In n Out vs Shake Shake, or Yankees vs Red Sox, we all have our favorites and tend to be rather vocal about expressing that preference. This mentality extends into the paint protection world – especially when debating clear bra vs ceramic coatings.

There is no denying the fact that a paint protection film or professional-grade ceramic coating are the two best ways of protecting your ride from exposure to harmful contaminants, UV rays, and even light scratches. But, there are qualities that each delivers that gives it a nudge or a competitive edge over the other.

That’s what Adam Cote is going to explain in today’s Ceramic Pro video. Adam will enter the highly contested world of paint protection by comparing clear bra vs ceramic coatings. He’ll explain the differences between the two, introduce their pros and cons, and more importantly, provide factual information that will help you determine the two – so you can make an informed and logical decision.

 


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How Is This Possible?

Ceramic Pro once cured, is measured to have hardness above 9H. Normal clear coat has hardness between 2H and 4H. The increase in the hardness of the coated surface is vast. This makes it the hardest paint coating on the market today. This new glass shield prevents minor scratches to your clearcoat and acts as a sacrificial layer. This preserves the original factory paint.

Any surface scratches that happen in the coating are easily removed with light polishing which will not weaken the integrity of the original clear coat. With Ceramic Pro your paint won’t fade or age due to the UV protection in the glass coating. Think of Ceramic Pro as an additional clear coat layer, only a lot harder. All of this allows for more peace of mind and a fuller enjoyment of your vehicle, even in harsh environments.

Glossy, slick and self-cleaning This nano technology allows the Ceramic nanoparticles to fill the smallest pores in the paint which makes the Ceramic Pro glass shield shiny, smooth and extremely slick or hydrophobic. Ceramic Pro dramatically lowers the surface tension preventing environmental contaminants such as: bird droppings, bugs, dirt, tar and graffiti paint from bonding to the surface. Water easily removes dirt from the surface by encapsulating it while rolling off the surface. This is called the self-cleaning effect.

Permanent protection Ceramic Pro 9H is a one-time application if maintained correctly. Once the Ceramic Pro glass shield has cured it can only be removed through abrasion like wet sanding. This puts Ceramic Pro in a category by itself, compared to sealants or waxes that degrade quickly.

 


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Ceramic Pro Technology Has Been Tested And Proven

TESTED BY SGS, THE WORLD’S LEADING INSPECTION, VERIFICATION AND CERTIFICATION ENTITY.

Ceramic Pro coating technology is outstanding because it works. Not only has the product developed a reputation of being the best in the industry, but we also have data to prove it. Ceramic Pro products have been tested by SGS to prove that all the claims are real. Results not only show that they perform as advertised, but also show key points about the hardness, flexibility, adhesion with real quantifiable numbers.

REAL QUANTIFIABLE RESULTS

NON TOXIC
Ceramic Pro is a non-toxic product and the tests that have been conducted by SGS are: ASTM F963-08 (4,3,5) Heavy Metal Lead, Antimony, Arsenic, Barium, Cadmium, Chromium, Mercury, Selenium. Result: Not detected in all tested substances.

UV PROTECTION
The UV protection keeps paint, rubber and plastic from aging. The tests conducted by SGS; ASTM G154-06 and ASTM D2244 determine color changes on surfaces exposed to UV rays. Result: No color change detected.

DURABILITY
ASTM D3359 Adhesion test. This test covers assesses the adhesion of coating films to metallic substrates by applying and removing pressure-sensitive tape. Result: No coating loss even when using the strongest tape.

  • CHARACTERISTICS

Temperature

The coating can be applied in temperatures as low as -20 Fahrenheit. Once cured, the coating provides protection from extreme temperatures ranging from -50 to 2,200 Degrees Fahrenheit.

Oxidation & Corrosion Resistant

Ceramic Pro protects paint and metal from coming into contact with water and oxygen preventing oxidation and corrosion. The ASTM B117 Salt Spray Corrosion Test provides a controlled corrosive environment which has been utilized to produce relative corrosion resistance information for specimens of metals and coated metals exposed in a given test chamber. The chemical tests conducted by SGS and internally are: 5% salt spray for 350 hours with results of no visible damage, as well as 5% salt spray for 5000 hours with no visible damage (internal test).

Chemical Resistance

The coating has 100% resistance against damaging contaminants and harsh chemicals. Once cured, the only way to remove the coating is through heavy abrasion. The chemicals tested and conducted by SGS include: JIS K5400 Alkali, Acids and Salt. This test method identifies how well the coating resists sodium carbonate, sulfuric acid and sodium chloride despite heavy exposure. Result: 5% Na2CO3 for 24 hours: No visible damage, 5% H2SO4 for 24 hours: No visible damage, and 5% NaCL for 96 hours: No visible damage.

SGS Test

The tests have been conducted by SGS. SGS is the world’s largest and leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company trusted by millions.

Gloss Level – High- (depends on substrate)
Viscosity #2 Zahn Cup- 12~14 seconds
5% Salt Spray (ASTM B117)- 350 hrs
Pencil Hardness (JIS 5400)- Above 9H
Adhesion Cross-Cut Tape (ASTM D3359)- 5b (no coating loss)
Mandrel Bend (ASTM D522)- 0 mm coating loss at 180° rotation
Impact (ASTM D2794)- 80/80 inch-lbs

Official Documents:
Hardness by Pencil Test (500g), Alkali Resistance, Acid Resistance, Salt Solution Resistance
Hardness by Pencil Test (1000g)
Toxicity Test Ceramic Pro 9H (Non Toxic) Scratch Tests/Hardness
Toxicity Test Ceramic Pro Series Light, Leather, Plastic (Non Toxic) Scratch Tests/Hardness

Flexibility

Ceramic Pro has proven to be a perfect coating for surfaces that are exposed to expansion and deformation. The test conducted by the SGS is the Mandrel Bend Test (ASTM D522 test). This test is useful in evaluating the flexibility of coatings on substrates. Result: 0 mm of coating loss at 180° rotation.

Hardness

In the coating industry a products hardness or ability to resist scratches is determined by the pencil test. In the Pencil test conducted by SGS (JIS K5400) a coated panel is placed on a firm horizontal surface. The pencil is held firmly against the film at a 45° angle (pointed away from the operator) and pushed away from the operator in a 0.256-inch strokes. On a scale ranging from 6B (softest) to 9H (hardest), Strong has been tested and classified above 9H. impact In the Impact resistance testing conducted by SGS (ASTM D2794 test) coatings attached to substrates are subjected to damaging impacts during the manufacture of articles and their use in service. This test method for impact resistance is useful in predicting the performance of organic coatings and their ability to resist cracking caused by impacts. Result: 80/80 inch pounds.

Adhesion

The test conducted by SGS is the ASTM D3359 Adhesion test. This test covers procedures for assessing the adhesion of coating films to metallic substrates by applying and removing pressure-sensitive tape over cuts made in the film. Result: 5B (No coating loss when using strongest tape).

UV Protection

The UV protection keeps paint, rubber and plastic from aging. The tests conducted by SGS; ASTM G154-06 and ASTM D2244 determine color changes on surfaces exposed to UV rays. Result: No color change

Weight

A cured layer of Strong weighs between 0.2 to 1 gram/square foot depending on porousness of the surface.

Hydrophobicity

A surface level of hydrophobia is dependent on the water contact angle of the surface. The higher angle the less dirt or liquid will attach to the surface. Strong 2.0 has a contact angle of at least 110 degrees.

Electrical Resistivity

The coatings ability to conduct electricity in room temperature is extremely low. With higher temperatures the conductivity increases.

Gloss or Color Changes

The coating does not always increase gloss. It preserves the shine of a surface at the time of treatment. Color and shine depend on the surface being treated.

Nontoxic

Ceramic Pro is a non-toxic product and the tests that have been conducted by SGS are: ASTM F963-08 (4,3,5) Heavy Metal Lead, Antimony, Arsenic, Barium, Cadmium, Chromium, Mercury, Selenium. Result: Not detected in all tested substances.

ECHA REACH test Ceramic Pro has been tested against 144 substances of very high concern (SVHC) screening. SVHC candidate list based on the publication by European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) on June 2013. Result: Not detected in all tested substances.

VOC Ceramic Pro Strong is VOC compliant at 5.2 g/liter.


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Video- What is Ceramic Pro How does it work

In this week’s episode with Matt Kelly, we answer the question: What is Ceramic Pro? Find out everything you need to know about Ceramic Pro & how it works!

 

 


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