How long does car paint take to cure?

I just got a new paint job on my Mustang, and I will be picking it up from the body shop this afternoon. I want to take care of this paint job as much as possible and keep it clean; it was not cheap! How long does it take a paint job to cure?

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Congratulations on the paint job! It can take at least 24 hours for the paint job to cure, but it is a little more complex than that, so I am glad you asked.
A 24-hour wait time on a paint job is good enough to drive the car around, but professionals will say the true cure time is between 30 to 90 days. If you want to wash your car during this timeframe, keep it simple and use a mild soap (not dish soap) and water with a microfiber cloth.
Do not use any harsh chemicals or waxes at this time. You can go to a standard car wash or wax the car yourself after 90 days.
Anytime modifications are done to your vehicle, make sure to contact your insurance provider so that your updates are adequately covered. This is where Jerry can help! Jerry works with over 50 top insurance providers, many of which provide insurance coverage for modifications and customizations. Jerry can get free quotes sent straight to your phone in under 45 seconds!
Shannon Martin
Answered on Nov 05, 2021
Shannon is an expert in personal lines liability insurance with 13 + years of insurance industry experience. She also served as a special insurance liaison to AARP members for 6 of those years. She is a graduate of UL Lafayette and currently resides in NY with her family. Shannon is also an amateur juggler, ukulele player, and is a time travel paradox theory enthusiast.
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