HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE INTERIOR PAINT TO DRY

November 1, 2016 at 12:01 pm

After your St. Charles painters have help you in completing your paint project, you may want to know how long it takes the paint take to dry. Most times, the hardest part of a makeover is period when you are waiting for the paint to dry. Having spent your time and efforts on a great project, it is tough to remain cool and patient enough to let the paint dry fully before you put the item to use.

Waiting for Paint to Dry

There are four factors that determines how long you will have to wait for the paint applied inside your home to dry.

1. The type of paint used

Usually, if you are using an oil-based paint, you should expect it to be dry to the touch in about 8 hours and then you can recoat it in 24 hours. If the paint is latex, it is usually dry to the touch in 1-2 hours but you can safely recoat it in 4 hours. However, all paint can has labels that will specify the dry and recoat times for the type of paint you are using, therefore, always make sure to read the manufacturer’s directions.

2. Application of Paint

A paint that is applied too thickly or is recoated before the first coat is dried fully will have a considerably longer dry time and also, the paint may dry uneven and gloppy. It is usually a better option to apply two thin coats of paint on your project than to cover it with one thick coat.

3. Temperature & humidity

If the room is warmer than average or there is too much water vapor in the air, it will take a longer time for your paint to dry. Close the windows and turn on the air conditioning or a fan in order to speed up dry time.

4. Poor ventilation

Just like with humidity and temperature problems, if a room is stuff, the dry time of the wet paint will be slower than that of a room with air flow.

5. Finished dresser

After your paint has dried, your project may still not be ready for use because for a paint to be considered dry, most of the solvent must have evaporated so that it feels dry when touched.

Paint doesn’t reach maximum hardness or cure, until after the paint is completely dry. Oil-based paints generally cure faster than latex paints.