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How Long Does Paint Take to Dry & Cure? Top Factors to Consider

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How Long Does Paint Take to Dry & Cure

You probably have noticed that wet concrete needs time to cure. And if you step over it, it will get ruined. Likewise, when doing home interior or exterior painting, or when applying more than two coats of paint, you need to let the paint cure to get appealing, lasting & smooth surfaces. So, today, we’ll answer a crucial question: how long does paint take to dry?

How Long Does Paint Take to Dry? Paint Drying Times Depend on the Paint Type

How long does paint take to dry? Latex paint is dry to the touch in one hour, and you can apply a second coat in four hours. But oil-based paint takes longer to dry, eight hours, and you must wait 24 hours before applying a second coat.

How Long Does Latex Paint Take to Dry?

How Long Does Latex Paint Take to Dry

Water-based latex paints tend to dry quicker than oil-based paints. Latex paint is dry to the touch in one hour.

But that doesn’t mean it’s ready for applying a second coat.

In one of our recent posts, how to paint without streaks, we gave one of the most crucial painting tips: to give each coat enough drying time.

It’s super important you follow this rule because you need to avoid paint blocking and streaks.

If the moisture in the air is low and the temperature ranges between 50 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit, you can apply a second coat in four hours.

Keep in mind that the higher levels of moisture in the air and the wrong room temperature make paint take longer to dry.

How Long Does Oil-Based Paint Take to Dry?

Oil-based paints take longer to dry. Oil-based paint takes six to eight hours to dry to the touch.

And since the level of moisture in the air and the temperature affects paint drying times, we recommend the following:

If you’re using oil-based paint, the ideal temperature is from 40 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. And also, make sure you have adequate ventilation in the room you’re painting. What happens is that poorly ventilated rooms make paint take longer to dry completely.

So, if you take care of these conditions, you must wait 24 hours to apply a second oil paint coat.


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