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Frequently Asked Questions About Ceramic Coatings

Updated: Nov 1, 2022

How long after ceramic coating can I drive my car?

The answer to this question will depend on the particular coating that you choose to have applied to your vehicle. It is important to distinguish between the coatings full cure time and the time in which the coating is safe to get wet. What is cure time? Cure time is the time it takes for your ceramic coating to reach its ideal hardness. Most coatings will harden to 9H on the mohs hardness scale. This cure time can range from a few hours to a few weeks. Some coatings even require professional grade heat curing lamps to speed up the curing process and ensure a proper bond. For example, modesta coatings require 15 minutes under IR curing lamps at 140 degrees and then an additional 24 hours of cure time prior to being exposed to the elements. Some coatings require additional layers. For example IGL coatings require a base coat with a 2 hour cure time and then a top coat with an additional 6 hour cure time. The general rule is your vehicle is safe to drive 24 hours after a ceramic coating is applied and it is safe to wash after 7 days. One of the reasons we choose to be an installer for SystemX ceramic coatings is due to its quick turnaround after application. It only requires 4 hours before being exposed to the elements. We at fort worth auto detail understand you are busy and your time is important. SystemX still does require a full 7 days before washing. If you have any questions or concerns about cure time please do not hesitate to contact us. With our 1700 sq ft shop we have plenty of room to store your vehicle as long as you would like.