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How long do I need to wait for a wash?

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by sean266, Feb 20, 2012.

  1. Feb 20, 2012 at 9:17 AM
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    sean266

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    On Sun Feb12 I did the BHLM and painted the chrome exterior of the grill to color match the Taco.
    My question to those in the car detail biz is how long do I need to wait until I can take thru a wash and/or wax it??

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  2. Feb 20, 2012 at 9:23 AM
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    The guy who painted my truck said to wait at least a week for hand wash and even longer for machine wash.
    I hand washed after one week and did not have any issues.
    Let's see what others say.
     
  3. Feb 20, 2012 at 9:26 AM
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    You're good. I took a pressure washer to my headlights 3 days after I retro'd them. On paint you should usually wait about a week just to be safe, but the paint should be well cured before then.
     
  4. Feb 20, 2012 at 9:48 AM
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    I heard something about the solvents still being present?
     
  5. Feb 20, 2012 at 9:50 AM
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    Think it's safe for the dealer to machine wash it or should I wait?
     
  6. Feb 20, 2012 at 9:59 AM
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    That I don't know... I seem to remember reading that a certain type of paint cures within a couple days and the other type cures in about a week. I just asked a friend of mine who does body work and he said that shops that tell you to wait more than a week are usually just trying to cover their ass in the case of imperfections, as everything shows up after a fresh wash. He would wait a few weeks to wax it though.

    I personally would make a point to just hand wash it if I could. At least for a while to avoid any damage in the event that it isn't quite cured yet.
     
  7. Feb 20, 2012 at 10:19 AM
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    I know, however in CO our weather is bi polar lol
     
  8. Feb 20, 2012 at 10:21 AM
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    You'd be fine.
     
  9. Feb 20, 2012 at 10:21 AM
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    I live in Montana. I fully understand
     
  10. Feb 20, 2012 at 10:30 AM
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    Lol word. Thanks for the responses.
     
  11. Feb 20, 2012 at 11:45 AM
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    What does it say on the back of the cans? I'm out of town and can't look.
     
  12. Feb 22, 2012 at 8:36 PM
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    Straight from the website we purchased the paint from:

    Use rubbing compound to make it shine. Wait at least three days, then apply rubbing compound to the the entire area of car paint you fixed. This will make it smooth and shiny. Wait at least 30 days before waxing.
    If you have a small scratch, use rubbing compound to smooth the primer, basecoat and clearcoat. Sanding small areas will dull the existing finish!
     
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