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#1 PUSHER

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Posted 20 March 2004 - 12:54 PM

Couldnt find it on the can, how long should I let the color coat dry before I apply a clear coat? Thanks.

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Posted 20 March 2004 - 02:42 PM

The folks that sold you the paint should know, or at least have a tech sheet on it. My observations have been within 24 to 48 hours for the brand(s)I've seen.

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Posted 21 March 2004 - 02:53 AM

Terry is right, check a tech sheet for the specific brand you are using. I have shot basecoat from Dupont, PPG, and Sherwin Williams and overnight has been plenty long enough. I like overnight because it lets you pinstripe or tu-tone with a little extra safety factor.

According to Duponts Tech Manual - drying time for basecoat when applying their hi-production 7500 series clears is only 15-30 minutes.

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Posted 21 March 2004 - 03:16 AM

Any painting I have done, I always let it cure for at least 24 hours. I have never been a fan of the overnight curing because cold hours dont do much at all to help the curing process. 8 warm daytime hours normally do the trick, but, as you can see from the responses, that time varies drastically depending on what paint you are using. Wow, 15-30 min, that's awesome. If a bug were to get stuck to it, it could be cured with the bug still alive! :shock:

I second the, check with the person you purchased from, response.

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Posted 21 March 2004 - 05:48 AM

One thing I've heard to be true when viewing this question from the other side of the coin is that you shouldn't wait too long either. My understanding (again with only the products I'm familar with) is that you cannot wait too long to clear-coat either. beyond a couple of days I believe the basecoat is set and must then be scuffed up or sanded again prior to the clear-coat. So in essence you have a small time window to work with when following up the base coat with a clear coat.

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Posted 23 March 2004 - 08:29 PM

Well it's about time you jumped in on this one :D
Take care Ernie




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