Paint Sealant vs Ceramic Coatings

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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.

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.

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