The moment you begin looking at ways to protect your vehicle, you have to look at your options. Ceramic coating and powder coating are two processes that are commonly tossed out as protective solutions.
Understanding what each is and what they have to offer will make it easier to make comparisons and decide which one is ultimately the best for your vehicle.
What is Ceramic Coating?
Ceramic coating is a liquid polymer that chemically bonds with the paint’s surface. It can be used not only on vehicle surfaces but also on components under the hood. It is applied with a high-volume paint gun and compressed air or by hand by professional installers.
Ceramic coatings are known for offering durability and longevity because the metal can resist corrosion and be impervious to fuel and oil.
- Easy maintenance
- Resistant to scratches
- Potential for water spots
One thing to note is that ceramic coating is most effective when the paint finish is still near perfect. If there are already several flaws, paint peeling, or even corrosion, those issues should be rectified before scheduling a ceramic coating on the car.
What is Powder Coating?
Powder coating is a protective finish that is commonly used to preserve metal, whether it is on a vehicle or elsewhere. The powder coating will maintain the gloss and attractiveness of the car and improves resiliency.
The process is relatively easy and compliant with environmental regulations. A polymer resin is used – though other ingredients can include leveling agents, curatives, and pigments depending on the desired result.
The powder goes onto the car and is heated in order to turn it back to liquid, allowing it to establish a thermal barrier.
- Improves aesthetics
- Offers protection
- A thick surface is applied to the car
- Results are sometimes inconsistent
- Not ideal for all components
One thing to note is that powder coating is often a way to improve upon a poor aesthetic. If you have had your car for years, you may want to skip a new paint job and go right to the powder coating. The reason for this is because of the color and texture choices that you will have.
Comparing the Two Methods
While both ceramic coating and powder coating use similar processes, there are some big differences. You’ll want to be realistic about what you want to be protected and what that item is going to be up against – outside elements, heat, and more.
First, powder coating comes in a variety of colors while the ceramic coating is only available in a few colors and sheens. You’ll want to consider the aesthetic that you want to achieve given the existing paint color on your car (and whether your current paint job is in good condition or not).
Ceramic coating is most commonly applied using a “wet spray” method that is applied by hand. If you are coating components, they can be dipped. This can be quite different from powder coating that involves a curing process where parts will go into an oven at 350 degrees or hotter for a few hours. PVC and other body materials that aren’t metal may melt or soften during the heating process to cure powder coating.
Powder coating, because of the process, will typically only go on components. Ceramic coating can be applied to not only components but also the entire exterior of a vehicle. While it is most commonly used on cars, it can also go on trucks, RVs, toy haulers, jet skis, boats, and more.
The only coating that is capable of protecting against all the elements – rain, chemicals, and harsh UV rays, is ceramic coating. It will add a hydrophobic barrier and inhibit rust and corrosion. This way, you get a coating that looks good year after year and makes it easy for you to clean it regularly, too.
They’re Both Great…But…
Both ceramic coating and powder coating are effective protective coatings that can be used in the automotive industry as well as for other things. Knowing how you plan to use the coating will make it easier for you to decide which one is right for your car.
Much of it comes down to where you do most of your driving. If you keep your car outside and/or drive it in excessive heat where it is constantly exposed to UV rays, you need the added layer of protection that is offered with ceramic coating.
In some instances, powder coating will break down when continuously exposed to high temperatures. This can be problematic as it will lead to insufficient protection. It will also destroy the aesthetic you had hoped to achieve.
There are a lot of variations when it comes to products used in ceramic and powder coating. One ceramic coating may be lacking in longevity while one powder coating may be able to withstand higher temperatures. You should talk to the company that is going to provide the coating so that you know what to expect. Find out what products they use and what kind of warranty (if any) is offered on your coating.
Powder coating is typically better for coating household items, such as tools, flag poles, and even kitchen appliances.
Making the Best Decision for Your Vehicle
As you start to look at the differences between ceramic coating vs powder coating, you’ll find that the latter does not stand up against the heat effectively. While powder coating is commonly used on various types of metal, it’s not going to offer the long-lasting protection you want for your car.
Now that you know that coatings can vary dramatically, you’ll want to make a wise investment. Choosing a professional company, like Bob Moses Ceramic Coating, to provide the service is critical. Talk to the company about whether you want to ceramic coat the exterior of your car or if you want high heat ceramic coating for your engine or exhaust components.
Either way, you will enjoy a better result when you have a professional application as opposed to a DIY kit. You can get a long-lasting coating that will be resistant to chipping, UV rays, and corrosion.
Once you have gotten a custom quote for both ceramic coating and powder coating, you can see how the costs compare. By talking with professional applicators for both types of coatings, you can get recommendations to determine which one is best. They’ll be able to look at your car (or another vehicle) for flaws to help you establish what the final outcome is going to look like.