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Old 04-13-2006, 10:32 PM
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Paint Cure Time - How Long Should You Wait

We are painting my son's car. He will be anxious to drive it. How long should we wait? Doing our first base coat/clear coat project.



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Let it set in the sun for a couple of days when you are done.. it will be fine.. you dont even have to do that, it will just aid in curing it
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How long you should waut depends on several things. The materials you are using will be one determining factor. The temperature and humidity will effect the cure time. Also what kind of driver is he, and how much work have you put into the project? If he has a bad driving record as far as hitting things, obviously you need more time for it to cure. LOL

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Two schools of thought on this issue.

One says color sand within a day.

Other says wait several weeks to color sand.

Later method says that if you color sand early and buff after several weeks the surface will not look as smooth. The theory is the clear is still settling within that first few weeks and if you wait to color sand you will get a much smoother surface that will hold it's smoothness.

Best method IMO is to color sand several weeks after the final clear. Color sand the entire vehicle and place it in the sun for several hours before you buff.

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