To help understand the benefits of Ceramic Coating we like to use our “Winters Day” analogy. Where we compare a piece of clothing in the Winter Season to different levels of Paint Protection. Most vehicles on the road today have little to no protection on their Interior/Exterior Surfaces. This is equivalent to being shirtless on a freezing winter’s day. Being in a situation like this temporarily is not the end of the world, it would not ideal but there would be no long-term issues. However, if you were to stay “unprotected” against the elements for a long period of time, that is definitely a recipe for disaster.
Considering the same conditions. If you were to add a Wax or Sealant to your vehicle, that would be similar to you wearing a T-Shirt in the same weather. It will help slightly at first but ultimately be useless to the outdoors.
This is where Ceramic Coating comes in. To truly protect yourself; wearing something Thicker and Rigid would be more beneficial. The Chemicals in Ceramic Coating create an extremely tough and rigid bond to almost any surface when applied. It protects from the elements, wear and tear and decreases the likelihood of any major long-term issues. A Coating is a semi-Permanent Protection with Scratch/Rock Chip Resistance. Keeping your vehicle cleaner for longer and is easier to clean when the time comes. However, Ceramic Coating is not an impenetrable force field. You will still get chips, scratches, blemishes and contamination buildup on the coating's surface. Ceramic Coatings are always Resistant to Wear and Tear but never Wear and Tear Proof. The whole idea behind a coating is to protect your paint, and if there are minor scratching, blemishes and contaminants on your vehicle it is on the coating not on your paint, therefore, it does its job! When comparing Ceramic Coatings to all the other options both expensive and inexpensive, this type of Paint Protectant is the most reasonable for the majority of people and their desires.
If you are looking for a Literal forcefield for your vehicle that would be the equivalent of a huge Heated Parka with gloves, face mask, winter pants and boots. that takes a sharp turn into much higher costs for your Paint Protection. Vinyl Wrap, Liquid Wrap or Paint Protection Film can range from thousands to over ten thousand dollars, however, if you want the chance of anything happening to your vehicle becoming very low and almost unlikely something more physically thick is for you.