To wait or not to wait after delivery to apply paint coating and protection

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  1. HellScoot

    HellScoot Silver Member Hellcat Car Club HCC Charter Member

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    Let me explain myself here. I know exactly what I plan to have done to the car but I am questioning conflicting information about when to do it. See my HC was built this week and believe or not will be delivered to the dealer next week and I am picking up the following Monday. I instructed the dealer not to touch it when it comes off the truck and leave everything as is until I get there. I had planned to take it straight to the detail shop and have the clear bra and coating done as they correct anything on the paint If need from the factory. One said bring it right in the other said to detail it but wait through the winter for the paint to cure and have the coating and clear bra done in the spring. Has every one waited who has done this or have some had it done right after delivery on a car that did not sit months to be delivered?
     
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    I was always told wait 1 month before waxing to let paint cure. I would think whatever you plan to do would be the same.
     
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    I did my clear bra about one month from build date... guess I won't know if my timing was right till I take the bra off in 5 years or so?
    I had the same thought as I know years ago paint shops told you to not wax for sometime. I noticed the last body work I had done the shop had wax on the car when it was delivered so who knows?

    I would say hold off but when I do that my luck is not so good. I ordered a new aluminum Apple Macbook and a clear hard case. The mac arrived one day before the case and an electronic keyboard fell on it that 1st night and put a dent in the top.
    I purchased a $80 case for my new iPhone, as I was taking the phone out of the box somehow I hit a lamp with it and put a dent before I could put the case on.

    My Hellcat got a rock chip in the windshield on the way home from the dealer so if your luck is like mine....
     
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    HellScoot Silver Member Hellcat Car Club HCC Charter Member

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    Oh no. One thing for sure is always have a case ready before you have the iPhone MacBook.
    Trust me I have the same concerns my dealer is only 6-7 miles from where I live detail shop about another 10-15 I will go slow and only side streets. I have a product in mind for the windshield too. Bray or Clearplex. I plan to protect the cat as much as humanly possible but still drive it.
     
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    Blue tape on the front for the ride home?... I had to drive 2 hrs for the 3M bra, Blue tape all over the front for the ride down!
     
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    1949chopper NC STATE PRESIDENT Hellcat Car Club HCC Charter Member

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    IMG_20150224_093103746.jpg My first day. 2hr drive in this crap
     
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    I live in Charlotte. That was our 1 day of snow for the year. Plus, its not a submarine.
     
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    Im from Rock Hill,SC ( 20 min south of you) but moved just a bit more tropical about 12 years ago. Thought you were from up north like all the folks talking about putting the cat to sleep for the winter... Your almost have all year summer tire weather:).
     
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    Wait a month before applying a clear bra or coating of any sort. The paint needs to release chemicals naturally. I run a body shop so I know a thing or two about this.
     
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    No hibernating for me. Hellcats and Harleys all year long
     
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    C. Charles Hahn Silver Member Hellcat Supporting Vendor

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    That advice is accurate for refinish materials... however factory OEM paint is thermocured (baked) at a much higher temperature than a body shop can do since there are no other materials on the body to be concerned about (e.g. wiring harnesses, rubber/plastic/vinyl parts, etc.).

    There is no need to wait even one day after delivery to do clear bra/coating/etc. on a factory fresh vehicle.
     
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    Factory OEM paint is provided by paint manufacturers like Axalta (formerly Dupont), PPG, Spies Hecker etc... It is the paint manufacturers who set up these rules. It still takes times for the agents in the paint to release. The temperature at which the paint is cured is about the same at a body shop vs manufacturing plant. If you apply more heat than is suggested by the paint manufacturer you can have a solvent pop issue.
     
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    I did a quick Goggle search of some of those brands as see some clear coat specs say no wax till 120 days...
    I 3M'd and waxed mine at exactly 7 weeks from build date.. Should have gone a bit longer I guess?
     
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    It really depends on exactly what brand of paint Dodge uses and the grade of paint they used. 7 weeks from the build date should be plenty of time though. Anything over 30 days and you are good.
     
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