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My Paint has been dried for over 25 hours now. I really want to start working on putting everything back together but I am afraid it is not cured well enough.

Should 25 hours be long enough for the inside to be dry? It has been well ventilated and seems very dry.

Should it be good enough for me to start working on putting everything inside or should I wait longer?
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post #2 of 20
its probably dry enough to reassemble but paint doesnt cure for 30 days at least. You may want to wait 48 hours to be extra safe but it up to you. Did you clear coat it? Based on your post I am thinking you didnt, just curious

whether you cleared or not doesnt really matter, if youre careful and dont scratch it, youll be ok. Clear really is just an extra layer of protection for the color coats
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in most cases 24 hours with good ventilation and room temps is all you need.

I would go ahead and reassemble just be careful and slow.
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Hm, I would give it about 48-72 hours. Assemble the case and be REALLY careful because the paint might chip easily. Then if you have to put the parts in carefully. Use the comp but leave the side window off and just be careful with it for a while. Eventually it will cure enough that it will be more durable and stuff.

I painted the inside of my 300 and after 30 hours i started putting it together but some paint scratched off. I left it for another 30 hours and it is more durable. I still haven't put it together. I am waiting for about a week and then I will assemble it.
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No, I didn't clear coat it but I was going to, but I figured since I used Gloss Black it still looked nice but I wasn't thinking about the extra layer.

I know it takes a long time to fully cure, but I'm just cautious as to weather it's actually going to be usable. I shouldn't have anything to scratch the paint. It seems good enough. I slightly uses a finger nail and rubbed across it with little pressure and it seemed to not make much of a difference at all.

I was going to be extra careful and assemble it for use, and hope that it doesn't chip or destroy itself haha.

Just wanting other peoples opinions as I've never painted my case.
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Hm, I would give it about 48-72 hours. Assemble the case and be REALLY careful because the paint might chip easily. Then if you have to put the parts in carefully. Use the comp but leave the side window off and just be careful with it for a while. Eventually it will cure enough that it will be more durable and stuff.

I painted the inside of my 300 and after 30 hours i started putting it together but some paint scratched off. I left it for another 30 hours and it is more durable. I still haven't put it together. I am waiting for about a week and then I will assemble it.
Haha, I was hoping you'd post a response. You seem to reply every time I have a question.

I really don't want to wait that long haha. I'm desperate to use it, and I think it will be fine, but I'm extremely afraid of setting my board in it and just causing all kinds of scratches.
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It super easy to scuff gloss paint that isnot cured. I would wait. From my own experience I've had to repaint because I was impatient to build.

If youwant to accelerate th process aim some halogen lamps at it from about 3 feet away
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post #8 of 20
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It super easy to scuff gloss paint that isnot cured. I would wait. From my own experience I've had to repaint because I was impatient to build.

If youwant to accelerate th process aim some halogen lamps at it from about 3 feet away
You're the man, CD.

I have one overhead Halogen that is inside the den and it's been there the entire process.

I think I did very well and easy with the paint, but I'm very cautious. I'm also extremely impatient.

I may wait a few more hours, but even if I do scratch it, I can always do it again, I just don't really want to paint it again.
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You're the man, CD.

I have one overhead Halogen that is inside the den and it's been there the entire process.

I think I did very well and easy with the paint, but I'm very cautious. I'm also extremely impatient.

I may wait a few more hours, but even if I do scratch it, I can always do it again, I just don't really want to paint it again.
Why wait a few hours, scratch it, and do it again? Why not wait a bit more so that you are sure you won't have to do it again?

Just a thought.
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Why wait a few hours, scratch it, and do it again? Why not wait a bit more so that you are sure you won't have to do it again?

Just a thought.
I'm probably the most impatient person in the entire world, that's why :/

I'm going to wait as long as possible!

I move it into another room, right under a few lights, so I am hoping that'll help some.
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