How long does auto paint take to dry?

Question by john moore: How long does auto paint take to dry?
My truck is undergoing body work. They’ve finished all the work and all that is left is the paint. Its a small area, not a whole side. Just the 3rd door and left side tailgate. They started thursday morning and I NEED my truck by friday afternoon. Will they let me take it?

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Answer by Greg D
Paint drys quite quickly, as it has hardeners to speed the process up. It generally is set up enough after a few hours time. It should be noted that the clear coat will not be fully cured for at least a month, so avoid doing any heavy washing of the repair area is recommended. Do remember rushing a paint job isn’t a good idea, give the painter the time he needs to do the job right for you.

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