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Old 04-05-2012, 06:55 PM
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Question Paint Cure Time

Tomorrow I will be picking up the new Jeep GCO I ordered a few weeks ago. It was painted at the factory on March 23. I am curious to know how long it takes for modern automobile paint to cure. I have gotten answers that range from no time to six months. My understanding of the process is that the paint dries quickly but the chemical process inside the paint continues for some time as various volatile gasses escape through the surface of the paint and the paint subsequently hardens.

I want to apply a paint sealer as soon as possible to best protect the paint finish but realize a sealer or wax that would prevent the out-gassing process would be harmful to the paint. On the other hand, I live in a very hot climate and want to prevent sun damage as soon as I possibly can.

I am looking for that "sweet spot" between letting it cure and being able to begin protecting it. So, how long must I wait before I can safely apply a sealer to the paint?

I'd like links to facts rather than conjecture. I AM JEEP told me the paint was cured when it left the factory and I could do anything I want to it. I asked if they had a paint expert who could verify that and they did not.

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Old 04-05-2012, 07:57 PM
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Re: Paint Cure Time

You can do it as soon as you get the truck home. Modern basecoat/clearcoat finishes are pretty thin, so it's not like you've got coats-upon-coats that have to cure for months. Not to mention the ovens they use at the factory which get far hotter than anything that even the highest-end body shops have. It's not like back in the day where you would wax a new green car and see that color paint on the towel.
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Re: Paint Cure Time

Funny you should day that about paint " back in the dsy" and waxing green paint. L

That's exactly what I had in mind as that was my experience with my Brilliant Green Metalic 1971 Javelin.


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Re: Paint Cure Time

These days, the paint is fast-curing and "baked" before it leaves the factory. Go for it!
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Re: Paint Cure Time

There's a pretty decent thickness to the clear coat. I can see it on my '12 Brilliant Black Overland. I had three small rock chips on the hood (past the clear bra) that I had aquired over the first five months of ownership. I ordered Mopar Brilliant Black and Mopar Clear Coat. With each I mixed with a slight bit of paint thinner and then applied both one after the other waiting for drying times in between all applications of 20 minutes (maybe) not even that long. Best touch ups I've ever done, and I have very little experience with that. OK, sorry, that was a little off topic. Carry on with the original post everyone.
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Re: Paint Cure Time

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It's not like back in the day where you would wax a new green car and see that color paint on the towel.
There is a memory I had forgotten about. How true. Thanks for the brain jog.
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You can do it as soon as you get the truck home. Modern basecoat/clearcoat finishes are pretty thin, so it's not like you've got coats-upon-coats that have to cure for months. Not to mention the ovens they use at the factory which get far hotter than anything that even the highest-end body shops have. It's not like back in the day where you would wax a new green car and see that color paint on the towel.
That has little to do with paint curing, more due to the fact that it is a single stage paint , meaning there is no base coat / clear coat layers.
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