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Paint Sealant vs Ceramic Coatings

In Auto Detailing, Calabasas, Camarillo, Car Detailing, Ceramic Coating, General, Los Angeles, Malibu, Moorpark, Newbury Park, Paint Protection Film, Thousand Oaks, Ventura County, Westlake Village by The Ghost Shield Team3 Comments


What is paint sealant?

Paint sealant can mean several things, depending on who you ask – but at the most basic level, it is a synthetic product designed to protect a car’s surface while providing a mirror-like shine.

Because a sealant is chemically engineered to bond to the surface, it will last much longer than a traditional wax while providing stronger protection against paint-killers like sap, acid rain, and UV rays. 

What is ceramic coating?

Is a coating that utilizes nanotechnology to provide a completely invisible layer of protection. Nanoparticles, when applied to the surface, sealing all the pores making the surface hydrophobic and UV resistant. All while protecting the surface from pollutants!

The nano coating forms a semi-permanent bond with the surface of the vehicle, resulting in a “sacrificial” layer.

Ceramic coating contains synthetic protection agents in it. It provides protection from the contaminants as well as a shiny, and glossy finish to your vehicle by bonding to the paint. These products are called permanent because they can be removed only through polishing or lack of maintenance.

more on this at our Ceramic Coat Page


Comparing paint sealant and ceramic coating


It is the primary concern of the car owners while comparing and selecting from ceramic coating and paint sealants. Paint sealant is a polymer-based product which has both organic as well as inorganic ingredients.

Depending on the environment where the car is parked, paint sealant may last for four to six months. Ceramic coating has better durability when compared to paint sealant. It can last 3-4 years depending on how you maintain the vehicle.


When compared to the traditional car wax, both ceramic coating, as well as paint sealant, are difficult to apply.

If you are applying paint sealant to the paint, you need to ensure the adequate bonding of the sealant and the paint by clearing all the contaminants such as iron particles, dirt, grease, dust, and tar from the car exterior. After the paint sealant has been applied evenly to the painted exterior of the car, you need to let it stay for about forty minutes before removing the excess sealant with a microfiber cloth.

Applying a ceramic coating is tougher than applying a paint sealant. First, all the contaminants need to be cleared to ensure proper bonding. Then, the defects such as watermarks and swirl marks also need to be cleaned by a machine polisher for augmenting the gloss and shine of the paint.

Now, you need to apply the ceramic coating to the painted surface, and then you should buff it up after five minutes. After the application of a ceramic coating to your car, the painted surfaces should not come in contact with grease or water for a day so that its proper curing can be ensured.

Therefore, applying paint sealant is much more straightforward than using a ceramic coating. The paint is also corrected before the application of cermaic coatings, but not necessarily with a paint sealant.

Added Properties

Ceramic coatings offer additional benefits to just helping protect your paint. Many also offer hydrophobic properties, meaning that water beads off easily and dirt, bugs, and bird bombs are easier to clean off the vehicle surface.

Ceramic coatings also do not need to be waxed. Spraying the vehicle with a silica based spray is enough to maintain the vehicle’s deep gloss finish and hydrophobic qualities.

Cleaner For Longer

Your car stays cleaner for a longer. The hydrophobic surface makes it more difficult for mud and dirt to bond with paint.

Long-Term Protection

After one application, your vehicle experiences all of the above benefits for up to 4 years.

Enhances Gloss

Make your paint job POP with a shine and gloss you can see yourself in. It’ll look even better than a fresh wax

Easier To Wash

The invisible hydrophobic layer created by a Ceramic Coating also means that contaminants come off easy.

Resists Stains & Etching

The chemically resistant surface helps mitigate stains and etching caused by environmental contaminants like bird-droppings or bug-splatter.

Protects From UV Damage

Protect from Fading. A Ceramic Coating is UV resistant, meaning that your paint will be protected from wearing paint.

Why come to Ghost Shield?

We go the extra mile, applying 2 coats of ceramic coating for extra shine and protection.

There are a lot of shops out there doing ceramic coatings; fast, easy and cheap. None of these things drive us to do what we do.

As with our other products we want to offer you a reasonable price, but what drives us is your satisfaction with your vehicle after you’ve left it in our care. Our shop is always kept squeaky clean, and we meticulously prep your vehicle before install to give you the most high gloss ceramic coating possible.

We ONLY use the highest quality materials.

We guarantee our installation because we only hire the best technicians. When you choose Ghost Shield for your ceramic coating you can be sure that your car will be serviced by award-winning technicians that are highly trained and certified.

Will Ceramic Coating stop rock chips? Check out our Ceramic Coat FAQ


  1. Nice article. By the way is it recommended to use wax on top of the ceramic coating? I had a Mazda 6 and I am planning to bring it to a mobile detailing shop for a ceramic coating. Just want to ask for some input.

  2. Great explanation in two different car application. I think paint sealant would really help my car’s exterior to protect it from UV rays and scratches, even minor dents. Thank you for sharing this article.

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