Paint Protection film can resist rock chips
Paint Protection Film is thicker than Ceramic Coatings. Moreover, Paint Protection Film has a chemical composition that allows it to self-heal; that is, it returns to its original form after receiving an indentation or abrasion. These qualities make Paint Protection Film able to absorb rock chips, small scratches, swirl marks, and hard water spots without being permanently disfigured.
Ceramic coating cant resist rock chips
A Ceramic Coating does not have that ability. Despite the wild claims of some manufacturers and installers, a Ceramic Coating does not eliminate the risk of rock chips, scratches, swirl marks, and water spots.
They each have their strengths
However, Ceramic Coatings do have their strength, particularly in terms of the hydrophobic surface they create. Some Paint Protection Films are equipped with a hydrophobic clear coat, but they often do not perform at the same level as a full Ceramic Coating. Moreover, when you apply a Ceramic Coating to your vehicle you get the benefits of its hydrophobic properties on every surface without having to apply film to the whole vehicle.