how long to wait to wash/wax after painting?

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    I hit a deer with my new truck and they repainted the front fender and I think the hood (i'd have to look at the bill again) but either way, how long should I wait to wash and wax those areas?
     
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    24 hours if they baked the panel.

    30 days otherwise to be safe even though most modern day paint cures relatively quickly.
     
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    I was thinking that about a month sounded right. I don't know if they baked the panels so I'll just wait, hell its only another two weeks.

    Thanks for the info man!
     
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    Ask the bodyshop. Some paints require 90 days to properly cure.
     
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    If they didn't take em off, then they probably didn't as they have to make sure there isn't any rubber seals, etc. on the panel. It'll burn em in the oven.

    The only reason stock paint on vehicles is baked is because it's used to activate the curing process to make the paint hard. One of the reasons a lot of stock paint comes with bad orange peel. It sucks but guess they have to do it to help keep up production.
     
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    I went into the shop today on my way home to ask them to be sure. They told me 30 days for wax, but I could wash it now if I wanted to as long as I didn't take it to a automated car wash because the drums that have the strings of pads attatched to them could scratch it. They said hand wash is fine...
     

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