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Old 02-16-2003, 11:32 AM   #1
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Hey everyone,
I just got my STI hood scoop, side skirts and Greddy front lip painted. The painter said to let it cure for a few weeks. Do you all agree, and how long do you think I should wait until putting the pieces on the car?
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(P.S. Now I am just waiting to get my morettes in - half painted )
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Old 02-16-2003, 12:26 PM   #2
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He might mean to wait a while to wash the pieces, but in general, the curing process lasts years... ive never heard of any auto body shop telling anyone to wait to install or even wash the parts, if you can touch them, they should be cured enough for anything else... not to mention that when the paints still a bit soft it doesnt chip... itll take more abuse at this soft stage than in a few years...
Im confused as to why he really told you to wait...
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Old 02-16-2003, 01:22 PM   #3
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The other question is should he have baked it twice. Would that have helped the curing process at all?
Now I am confused if I should wait or not...
Thanks for the info, WRXpkr.
Anyone else?
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Old 02-16-2003, 02:23 PM   #4
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Baked?
When did he actually paint the parts?
afaik you only "bake" powder coatings...
for example, i installed my scoop 1 day after it was painted.
Iev done lots of body work in the past, and never had to wait more than 24 to 48 hours for the paint to be cured enough to install/wetsand/pee on ect...
Unless he messed up the paint mix and isnt telling you (is it a pro type shop that did the work?) you should be fine to install the pieces... he shouldnt have given them to you if they arent ready to install... thats just un professional imho...
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Old 02-16-2003, 02:54 PM   #5
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when i got my bumper repainted they told me it would take about a month to cure because of the cold weather...
i could hand wash the bumper... but not wax it...
bumping into the bumper or bumping into object might make the paint crack for that month time period...
i dunno how much of that is factual... but i'll listen to the guys because they paint parts... and should know...
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Old 02-16-2003, 03:04 PM   #6
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[quote]Originally posted by WRXpkr
[b]Baked?
When did he actually paint the parts?
afaik you only "bake" powder coatings...


you can "bake" painted surfaces to speed up the drying process. i should now, we have a paint booth at work and oftentimes bake parts to speed up the process.
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Old 02-16-2003, 04:06 PM   #7
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I would think he just meant not to wax it. That "seals" the paint and keeps it from "breathing/curing".

I wouldn't tape them up for protection while installing them either.
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Old 02-16-2003, 05:48 PM   #8
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[quote]Originally posted by music4robots
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Baked?
When did he actually paint the parts?
afaik you only "bake" powder coatings...


you can "bake" painted surfaces to speed up the drying process. i should now, we have a paint booth at work and oftentimes bake parts to speed up the process.
High temp paints also need to be "Superheated" to allow them to properly bond to the painted surface. If they are not baked/cured, they begin to rub off or something.
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Old 02-16-2003, 10:58 PM   #9
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So, should I just wait and play it safe by not installing the pieces for a couple weeks???
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Old 02-16-2003, 11:21 PM   #10
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So, should I just wait and play it safe by not installing the pieces for a couple weeks???
Might as well, seems that things have probobly changed since i was a body guy... :/
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Old 02-17-2003, 01:14 AM   #11
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i'm waiting a few weeks to install most of my parts. i'm really afraid of things not 'sticking' because of the cold cold weather.

your skirts should be good to go tho. i wouldn't worry about them. the front i'd hold off on until it gets a bit warmer. i'd be afraid of that plastic just chipping and cracking off on your first driveway attempt.

that's why i went with the wingswest kit. it may be shiesty plastic to prep and paint, but it'll withstand a few more direct hits.

here are 10 of 15 total pieces that will soon find their way to my pos.
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Old 02-17-2003, 10:42 AM   #12
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The issue is not installation. You can throw them on the car and wash them and all. Just don't wax them. This is because the paint needs to breath and it is emitting vapors for about thirty days. The vapors get caught between the paint and the wax and causes problems. No need to wait to install. Just don't coat the paint with anything and don't scratch it.
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The issue is not installation. You can throw them on the car and wash them and all. Just don't wax them. This is because the paint needs to breath and it is emitting vapors for about thirty days. The vapors get caught between the paint and the wax and causes problems. No need to wait to install. Just don't coat the paint with anything and don't scratch it.
Thats pretty much how ive known it... If your paint on the abs parts chips send it back, the jackass didnt use enough flex agent in the paint...theres no way the paint will chip untill its fully cured, and even then if thiers enough flex agent it still wont crack of chip... then again, if its a QnD job, anythings possible...
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It was done on the side by a reputible auto body place here in Madison (friends of mine there).
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Old 02-17-2003, 07:50 PM   #15
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I didnt mean to infer that your friends are jackasses, i just know too many body shops that will cut corners wherever and whenever possible :/
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Ah, no problem bud. I didn't take it that way. I just don't want to state the place per their request. From what I was told ( I Called them today), there is a hardening coat (maybe in the gloss) that should cure first. They said I do not have to as they send "normal" customers out the door that way all day long, but considering it is the Greddy front lip, which hangs so low in the first place, they felt I should wait.
I guess I will, at least for a couple weeks (until my morettes come in).
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Old 02-18-2003, 12:23 AM   #17
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... or until ya see the n00b drive by pimpin all da hoes with da full ww kit with the big blitz tip hangin out the back. mwahahaha!


btw... when is wisco gonna get some dang snow? everyone else is getting 12"+ every week! i think we still have grass showing in our front yard.
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Old 02-18-2003, 12:41 AM   #18
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Hahahah!!!! Wings West Yo!!!!

I don't want any more snow. It needs to get warm out. My bike is just waiting to be taken out.
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Old 02-18-2003, 02:32 PM   #19
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Look at it this way, If you crack up your car & the body shop fixes it, they have to paint the parts. And they don't make you wait to drive it. As long as the place that did your painting used the right type of paint then you should'nt have a problem.
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So, I'm the ONLY one who found the subject about some guy painting his "parts" to be vaguely disturbing?
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Old 02-19-2003, 03:03 PM   #21
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So, I'm the ONLY one who found the subject about some guy painting his "parts" to be vaguely disturbing?
now that you say that, and i re-read the title.... that's pretty funny. question about curing painted parts... hmm...
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When I was on a Toyota 4x4 board they had a link to a Ford 4x4 thread where the guy was using bedliner to do around the bottom of his truck. Well he had to go potty when he was only half way done and he got some on his "hoo-hoo" as he called it. He wondered how to get the stuff off. There had to be 12 pages of people making their little jokes about it.
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