PPF and Ceramic Coating on Factory Fresh Paint (Yes or No)

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So it looks like it will be taking delivery of my black L1 sometime next week. I live in Utah and the dealership is in Michigan. I was planning to have the entire front end of the truck wrapped with xpel PPF and then the entire vehicle ceramic coated before driving it the 1,700 miles back to Utah. My concern is that the truck is literally being painted today and I'm not sure the paint will be fully cured when I have the PPF/ coating applied next week. My detailer is telling me that the factory paints are "baked" which means they are safe to install immediately but I've also been told by others that you should not apply to new vehicles for up to 90 days. I'd hate to get rock chips on my brand new black beauty the first day I own it but I REALLY don't want to destroy my entire truck's paint finish by installing this stuff too early. Appreciate the input!
 

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So it looks like it will be taking delivery of my black L1 sometime next week. I live in Utah and the dealership is in Michigan. I was planning to have the entire front end of the truck wrapped with xpel PPF and then the entire vehicle ceramic coated before driving it the 1,700 miles back to Utah. My concern is that the truck is literally being painted today and I'm not sure the paint will be fully cured when I have the PPF/ coating applied next week. My detailer is telling me that the factory paints are "baked" which means they are safe to install immediately but I've also been told by others that you should not apply to new vehicles for up to 90 days. I'd hate to get rock chips on my brand new black beauty the first day I own it but I REALLY don't want to destroy my entire truck's paint finish by installing this stuff too early. Appreciate the input!
It really depends on the type of paint and process a manufacturer uses. Mclaren is notorious for paint pulling. I have no experience with ppf on a dodge.
 
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So it looks like it will be taking delivery of my black L1 sometime next week. I live in Utah and the dealership is in Michigan. I was planning to have the entire front end of the truck wrapped with xpel PPF and then the entire vehicle ceramic coated before driving it the 1,700 miles back to Utah. My concern is that the truck is literally being painted today and I'm not sure the paint will be fully cured when I have the PPF/ coating applied next week. My detailer is telling me that the factory paints are "baked" which means they are safe to install immediately but I've also been told by others that you should not apply to new vehicles for up to 90 days. I'd hate to get rock chips on my brand new black beauty the first day I own it but I REALLY don't want to destroy my entire truck's paint finish by installing this stuff too early. Appreciate the input!
I did some research on this after another forum member made recommendations for a PPF. It sounds like most installers prefer to install right away before there are too many miles on the truck. The more miles you have on it the more work it is for them to clean and correct paint blemishes from chips or scratches.
 

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I did some research on this after another forum member made recommendations for a PPF. It sounds like most installers prefer to install right away before there are too many miles on the truck. The more miles you have on it the more work it is for them to clean and correct paint blemishes from chips or scratches.
Ppf does adhere more tightly to paint. Maybe take it to a wrap place purely for protecting impact areas on trip back? Wrap goes on dry and doesn’t put the same adhesion onto the paint.

and yes if you are going to run ppf earlier is better
 

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Consider reaching out to forum member @soulsea. He has gone through this and can provide some expert advice based upon what he has done.
 

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My detail guy said 3 days if paint is baked, couple weeks if not. I’m driving back 1000 miles from Detroit next week. Wish I could get it ceramic coated before I leave but oh well. I’m not going to worry about ppf, ceramic is good enough for me, especially on a truck.
 

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You know you're getting your truck weeks after it is painted when you account for shipping right?

Bake your paint at over 1000 degrees 3 times...
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Thanks, all! So it sounds like it is safe to do the PPF for sure. Assuming the same would apply for the ceramic coating on the rest of the truck too?
 

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Thanks, all! So it sounds like it is safe to do the PPF for sure. Assuming the same would apply for the ceramic coating on the rest of the truck too?
Yeah. Ceramic is no drama.
 

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You know you're getting your truck weeks after it is painted when you account for shipping right?

Bake your paint at over 1000 degrees 3 times...
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Nice find man. I did not know that auto manufacturers still baked the paint on their vehicles. I knew that was a big deal back in the day before today‘s newer paint technologies however I am glad to see that this still exists.
 
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My dealer is in Sterling Heights. Just a few mikes from the factory. Not sure it will be weeks. Probably just a few days.
Depends on how many weeks it takes to get released from the plant too
 

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Has anyone gotten a price to wrap your TRX in PPF? I just got two prices. $1800 to wrap the front clip, mirrors and door sills and $5600 to wrap the whole truck except for the roof. That includes removing and reinstalling the badges and applying new fender graphics.
 

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